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Chicken with sesame sauce on rice in a bowl.
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4.76 from 25 votes

Easy Sesame Chicken

Battered chicken fried in a pan and coated with sesame sauce. Popular Asian takeout dish, made easily at home.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: sesame chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Anna


for the chicken:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided

for the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup of water or chicken stock

to serve:

  • rice
  • steamed vegetables like broccoli, snap peas, carrots, baby corn


  • In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
  • Cook rice and steam vegetables. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg with cornstarch, salt and pepper. Add chicken pieces to the batter and stir well.
  • In a large skillet, heat up 1 tablespoons of olive oil. Place chicken, piece by piece, in pan and cook on all sides until the batter is golden and slightly brown. It's easier to cook the chicken in two batches, using 1 tablespoon of oil each time.
  • Once the chicken is done, pour sauce mixture over it and simmer on medium low heat until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  • Serve chicken over rice with a side of steamed vegetables.


Play with the recipe and make other versions: 
  • spicy: add 2 teaspoons of sweet chili sauce to the sauce ingredients before adding to chicken. Add crushed red peppers if you like even more heat.
  • baked: instead of frying the chicken in a pan, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange coated chicken on sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in 375 degrees F.
  • skinny: to cut down on calories, skip the cornstarch coating for chicken and brown chicken pieces in olive oil in pan. Add sauce and simmer until thickened. 
  • honey: add 3 tablespoons of honey in place of brown sugar, to sauce mixture. Whisk and add to chicken.
  • stir fry: add Asian vegetable mix (available in the frozen section in grocery stores) and noodles or cooked rice to the chicken mixture in the pan. Heat everything up and serve!
Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1475mg | Potassium: 362mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.9mg