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Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken

Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken that’s better than take out and so easy to make! You’re going to love these crispy chicken pieces coated in a sweet and garlicky sauce and topped with sesame seeds.

Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken garnished with sesame seeds and served on a plate

Easy Homemade Sesame Chicken

I love takeout Chinese food! But, it can be a hassle to place an order and pick it up on a busy weeknight. So, I decided to start making my favorite takeout recipes at home. It took some experimenting because for the longest time I felt like I just could never get the sauce or texture of the fried chicken pieces just right. 

Well I’ve got it right now and I’m sharing it with you. No need to thank me, knowing your family is enjoying this as much as mine is thanks enough. My kids ask for this all the time and I find myself ordering takeout less and less.

So join me as we toss our takeout menus for good!? Ok, for now. 😉

Recipe Ingredients

For this meal, we’ll first make crispy breaded chicken bites. For these chicken bites, you’ll need:

  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • cornstarch
  • Oil
Chicken bites breaded and fried

Once you’ve fried your crispy chicken bites, it’s time to make the sweet and tangy sauce you’ll be coating them in. Here is everything you’ll need for the Honey Sesame sauce:

  • honey
  • low sodium soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • sesame oil
  • rice wine vinegar
  • brown sugar
  • garlic, minced
  • sesame seeds

How to Make Sesame Chicken

Prep: Crack your eggs into a bowl and stir them with a fork until they’re blended.

Combine flour and cornstarch on a plate and stir them together until they’re incorporated. 

Dredge: Heat about 3-inches of oil in a deep frying pan. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture and then dip it into the flour mixture. Add chicken pieces to the hot oil and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Allow the grease from the chicken to drain on paper towels.

Mix: In the meantime, prepare the honey sauce. Set a pan over medium heat and add in the honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic. Whisk everything together to combine. Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, or until it begins to slightly thicken. 

Serve: Remove the sauce from the heat and pour the sauce over the chicken. Garnish the chicken with sesame seeds and serve. 

Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken being stirred in a pan

Tips for the Best Sesame Chicken

These tips will take your crispy honey sesame chicken from average to better than takeout!

  • If you want a thicker sauce, combine ½ tablespoon cornstarch with ½ tablespoon cold water; whisk to combine and then whisk into the sauce. Cook for a minute, or until heated through. 
  • For even more flavor, you can add scallions or chopped fresh parsley before serving. 
  • You can use chicken thighs, cut into cubes, in place of the chicken breast. Just add a minute longer for frying. 
  • If you want to make it a little spicy, add in a bit of sweet chili sauce!

Serving Ideas

I think it’s obvious to say that I love to serve this over long grain white rice, like Basmati or Jasmine, and a side of steamed veggies. I like to toss the steamed veggies right in the sauce with the chicken, too!

Here are a few less traditional options:

  • Serve with rice noodle and steamed veggies
  • Serve with quinoa and veggies
  • Serve over zoodles
  • Sub the rice for cauliflower rice
  • Serve over or next to a veggie fried rice dish
  • Plate and insert a toothpick into each chicken bite. Then, serve them as an appetizer.
  • Serve over an Asian inspired salad mix. 
Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken being stirred in a pan

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

One of the very best things about this crispy honey sesame chicken is how quickly and easily it comes together. This makes it perfect for meal prepping. Whenever I make this, I’ll double the recipe and save half for another night. Simply allow it to come to room temperature, and then store in an airtight, freezer safe container for about 3 months. Just don’t forget to label your container! Then, take it out and defrost when you’re ready to eat it.

If you end up with any leftovers, all you need to do is refrigerate it in an airtight container for 3-5 days. 

When you’re ready to reheat, you may need to thin your sauce a bit. Simply add a splash of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Allow it to simmer until the chicken bites are cooked through. 

Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken being stirred in a pan
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5 from 6 votes

Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken

Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken that's better than take out and so easy to make! You're going to love these crispy chicken pieces coated in a sweet and garlicky sauce and topped with sesame seeds.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: how to make sesame chicken, sesame chicken recipe, sesame chicken sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 441kcal

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • oil for frying

For the Honey Sauce

Instructions

  • Place eggs in a bowl and stir with a fork until blended.
  • Combine flour and cornstarch in a plate and stir together until incorporated.
  • Heat about 3-inches of oil in a deep frying pan.
  • Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture and then dip it into flour mixture.
  • Add chicken pieces to the hot oil and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain chicken on paper towels.
  • In the meantime, prepare the honey sauce.
  • Set a pan over medium heat; add in honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic. Whisk to combine.
  • Bring sauce to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  • Remove from heat and pour sauce over chicken.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

Notes

If you want a thicker sauce, combine ½ tablespoon cornstarch with ½ tablespoon cold water; whisk to combine and then whisk into the sauce. Cook for a minute, or until heated through. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 698mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 3mg

17 Comments

  • Cathy
    March 27, 2020 at 4:02 am

    My family would eat this NIGHTLY if we could!!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 27, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      I am very happy you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Catalina
    March 27, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I can’t resist to this dish! Yum!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 27, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you, Catalina! 🙂

      Reply
  • Toni
    March 27, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    5 stars
    This will quickly become a favorite weeknight meal!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you, Toni! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

      Reply
  • Carrie Robinson
    March 27, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    5 stars
    This look so much better than takeout! Definitely making this soon. 🙂

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 30, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sara Welch
    March 28, 2020 at 2:23 am

    5 stars
    Adding this to my dinner line up for the week; looks too good to pass up!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      March 30, 2020 at 11:59 am

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Haley Williams
    March 31, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Love this way to change up dinner! That sauce sounds amazing!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      April 1, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Linda J
    April 6, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    I omit the flour and use only cornstarch. Then I dry or the coated chicken for 5 minutes in the freezer. Talk about crispy! Andy it stands up better to the sauce. Add some slivers of ginger, chili paste and toast the sesame seeds then toss with the chicken and sauce. Yum!

    Reply
  • KB
    May 1, 2020 at 2:52 am

    5 stars
    Just made this tonight for the first time and OMG. It turned out beautifully and so delicious!!!!! Next time I will double the sauce to have it a bit more saucy, but this recipe is perfect as is and a keeper! Thank you!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      May 2, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      That’s wonderful! I am very happy you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • J
    July 15, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    5 stars
    This was awesome! I added in some fresh minced ginger and some red pepper flakes. I will definitely be making this again! Thank you!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      July 16, 2020 at 7:42 pm

      That’s great! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply

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