Sesame Chicken – your favorite Chinese takeout at home! Chicken in a sweet honey sesame sauce. Quick, easy, and uses simple ingredients!
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Sesame chicken is and will always be my favorite Chinese takeout dish. You don’t ever have to ask me what I want when we’re ordering takeout. Just assume it’s sesame chicken.
But obviously deep fried takeout chicken isn’t the best option all the time. I’ve made this recipe so many times when the sesame chicken craving hits. The chicken is just pan fried instead of battered and deep fried so you’re saving a ton of calories. And the sauce is just as delicious as any takeout!
I also have a Sweet and Sour Chicken recipe that we love just as much as takeout sweet and sour chicken!
How To Make Sesame Chicken
This is a really easy recipe with simple ingredients so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.
- Cook cubed chicken in olive oil until fully cooked through
- While chicken is cooking, whisk together honey, soy sauce, water, cornstarch, ginger, and red pepper flakes
- Add sauce to chicken and cook until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving
How Long Is Sesame Chicken Good For?
Sesame chicken will stay good in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 days. Make sure it’s covered tightly.
Reheat it in the microwave or stovetop and if the sauce seems too thick, a splash of water or chicken broth will help to get it back to it’s originally consistency.
Can You Freeze Sesame Chicken?
Yes, if you have extra that you won’t eat before it goes bad or just want to prep some meals in advance, you can definitely freeze Sesame Chicken!
I like to freeze it in a ziploc freezer bag (squeeze out as much air as possible) but any airtight container works. It will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating and serving.
More Chicken Recipes
- Honey Mustard Chicken Wings
- One Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo
- Chicken Thighs with Creamy Rosemary Mushrooms
- Buffalo Chicken Tacos
- Chicken Fajitas
- Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, plus more for serving
- Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook chicken until cooked through.
- While the chicken is cooking, whisk together honey, soy sauce, water, corn starch, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Pour over the chicken and sprinkle in 1 tablespoon sesame seeds. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken. Sprinkle with more sesame seeds before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 1226mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 26g
This was a huge hit at my house! Perfect meal for weeknights!
This is one of those classic dishes that is so much better homemade! Love it!
Sara Welch says
Served this for dinner last night and it has easily become a new family favorite dish! Even my picky eaters enjoyed it!
SO easy and delicious! This is one of our new go to dinners!
Chrissie Baker says
One of my favorite dish, Amazing look & taste .thanks for sharing with us.
This is one of my favorite Chinese takeout dishes and I’m excited to make my own!
Cate | Chez CateyLou says
Good luck with the move! That sounds quite stressful, but you are handling it all so well!! This chicken looks awesome – sesame chicken is one of my favorites from Chinese takeout. i love that I can make this at home – so much healthier!
I just made it!! and I love it! Mine appeared more brown, most probably from the soya sauce. And I left the chicken with the sauce cook as long as possible, so the sauce thickens enough and is a bit caramelised.. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Awesome, so glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for coming back to let me know! :)
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
Are you sure this didn’t come from a restaurant because it looks like it came from a restaurant. I’m so impressed that you can still keep up with Fake Ginger with everything you have going on! Good luck with the move. Hang in there, Amanda!
Ashlyn @ Belle of the [email protected] says
Mmm I need a homemade Sesame Chicken Recipe! It’s my favorite kind of takeout, and this one looks perfect. Hang in there with the move!!! The decision for on or off-post gets us every time!
Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me says
Moving is the worse, I had to move twice in one year. I should have demanded heavy medication! Gorgeous dish, I love chinese.
Amy @Very Culinary says
Omg, how are you even functioning? This stresses ME out and I’m not the one moving. I’d be fetal…crying…and eating A LOT of Oreos.
[email protected] Plaid & Paisley Kitchen says
I have been craving chinese food lately! This looks YUM!
It sounds like we are going to have to move this summer and I am not looking forward to it! I am already trying to start decluttering to make things easy. Your sesame chicken sounds perfect!
You can send the 3 bags of cheetos to me, hehe :)