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Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken is such a family favorite. Tender chicken in a slightly sweet sesame sauce. Made with simple pantry ingredients and on the table in under 30 minutes.

Sesame Chicken in a white bowl.

Easy Sesame Chicken

Even though I’m a food blogger and make plenty of recipes and meals for my family, I have three little boys who are pretty particular with what they eat.

I only have about 7 meals that none of them throw some sort of fit about. Please tell me I’m not the only household that goes through the dinnertime blues on a weekly basis!

A white plate of Sesame Chicken with rice.

This Sesame Chicken is one of those dinners that every single member of my family looks forward to. I always serve it over freshly steamed rice and a side of broccoli or sautéed snow peas.

I always have the simple ingredients on hand and chicken in the freezer so this meal comes together so quickly. Actually, in under 30 minutes!

Sesame Chicken in a white dish sprinkled with green chives.

Is Sesame Chicken Healthy?

Hmm…yes and no!

There are a lot of Asian chicken dishes that are deep fried in a classic tempera batter then drenched in some sort of tangy, sweet or spicy sauce. Of course anything deep fried is not healthy. That’s just a given.

This recipe is one of the more healthier options out there for a few reasons.

I don’t batter and deep fry the chicken ahead of time. It is, however, browned in a little cooking oil. So you are cutting out a few extra calories right from the beginning. I promise you aren’t going to miss that crispy batter!

The second reason this meal is healthier is I like to use a low sodium soy sauce. Once you’ve added the other spices and ingredients, you aren’t going to be able to tell a difference with the sodium content. It’s has the same umami savoriness that regular soy sauce has.

A plate full of rice and topped with Sesame Chicken on a white table.

For those two reasons alone, this recipe is worth making and a better choice!

How To Make Sesame Chicken

The recipe for this Sesame Chicken is straight forward and super easy to make. It’s quick and better than your average take out menu!

  • In a medium bowl mix together soy sauce, water, sesame oil, minced garlic, ginger, brown sugar and corn starch.  
  • In a large pan over medium heat, heat up oil for about 1 minute.  
  • Add in cubed chicken and let it brown on one side for 2 minutes.  
  • Flip chicken over and cook for another 2 minutes or until cooked completely through.  
  • Remove chicken to a plate.  
  • Bring pan back up to medium heat and pour in sauce.  
  • Whisk to combine and heat through.  Sauce will thicken and cook for 1 minute.  
  • Place chicken back into the pan and stir to coat.  
  • Cook for 1 minute and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  
  • Serve over rice and sprinkle with chopped chives.
A white bowl full of Sesame Chicken.

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Sesame Chicken Recipe

Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken is such a family favorite. Tender chicken in a slightly sweet sesame sauce. Made with simple pantry ingredients and on the table in under 30 minutes.  
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken, dinner, recipe, soy sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 141kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Cubed
  • 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Whole Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Corn Starch
  • 2 tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 2 TBSP Chives Chopped, Optional

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl mix together soy sauce, water, sesame oil, minced garlic, ginger, brown sugar and corn starch.  
  • In a large pan over medium heat, heat up oil for about 1 minute.  
  • Add in cubed chicken and let it brown on one side for 2 minutes.  
  • Flip chicken over and cook for another 2 minutes or until cooked completely through.  
  • Remove chicken to a plate.  
  • Bring pan back up to medium heat and pour in sauce.  
  • Whisk to combine and heat through.  Sauce will thicken and cook for 1 minute.  
  • Place chicken back into the pan and stir to coat.  
  • Cook for 1 minute and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  
  • Serve over rice and sprinkle with chopped chives.
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Nutrition

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.6mg
A white bowl full of Sesame Chicken with a black serving spoon.

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