I love sesame chicken. I do not even open menus at Chinese restaurants because it is always the same; sesame chicken, house rice, and pan fried peking raviolis. *I am starting to think the term “peking raviolis” is a NH thing; you may know them as pan fried dumplings.
I really wanted to create my own, relatively simple sesame chicken recipe, and boy am I glad I did! Not only was it delicious, but it is pretty healthy; no fryers and a relatively small amount of sugar. Plus, there are no take out costs; added bonus!
Homemade sesame chicken it is pretty inexpensive to put together; you may even have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already. My husband is a nut for seasonings and spices so I usually have everything on hand constantly; all I need is the chicken. And, if I happen to already have some chicken in the freezer, that’s even better! Munchkin and I really enjoyed this recipe, so I highly recommend you give it a try as well!
Read down below for recipe.
2 large, boneless chicken breasts with any fat trimmed off, cut into bite-size chunks
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 c. white sugar
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. dark sesame oil
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
(2 tbsp. cornstarch if your sauce does not thicken properly)
Mix the flour, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Add chicken and toss in mixture until evenly coated. There will some extra flour. You can try using 1/4 c. flour and add accordingly. The mixing bowl will be used again, so give it a wash.
Spray a large saute pan with cooking spray and heat to medium high. If you do not have cooking spray, add just enough vegetable oil to coat the pan after the pan is heated.
Once heated, add the chicken and cook fully. When done, place the chicken in your large mixing bowl. Reduce heat to medium.
Add the soy sauce and sugar to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. This should start to thicken and become sticky. *If it does not, you can add 2 tbsp. of cornstarch to thicken it up.
Add the sesame oil, honey, ginger, garlic powder, and sesame seeds; stir well. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer until the mixture is thickened; about 10 minutes to give all ingredients a chance to blend together.
Add the chicken to pan and stir, coating evenly.
That’s it! Enjoy! I served mine with white rice and peas, but serve it with whatever you like! Also, make sure to spread the delicious sauce all over your chicken and rice for added flavor; it’s my favorite part!
Nicole lives with her husband and son in North Carolina. They have another bundle of joy on the way as well! Nicole enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time as a family, and working with animals. She also loves dance parties, red wine, Disney movies, and dolphins.