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Sesame Chicken Recipe

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If you like Sesame Chicken this recipe is a must try! It is a little bit of work but well worth the effort. This Sesame Chicken Recipe has an excellent blend of flavors. It is not overly spiced or too hot.
The mixture of Honey, Brown Sugar and Soy Sauce is superb. Serve it over Rice. Your Family and Guests will Love It! Enjoy!


Sesame Chicken Recipe
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Author: Larry
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4

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Sesame Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Cullys Kitchen



  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 12 tablespoon sesame oil (to personal taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 dash red chili pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (or more if you want a thicker sauce)


  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder (optional)
  • 2 drops sesame oil
  • cornstarch, to coat the chicken
  • Vegetable oil or Peanut oil (for frying)
  • Sesame Seed (to garnish)
  • Sliced Green Onion (to garnish)
  • prepared Rice, to serve.


  1. Combine chicken ingredients except for cornstarch and let marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade and toss in cornstarch then cook chicken in hot oil on the stove or deep fryer until cooked thru.
  3. Remove from pan and keep warm in the oven while making the sauce.
  4. Combine all sauce ingredients EXCEPT cornstarch in a saucepan and bring to a boil over med. heat.
  5. Mix cornstarch with a little water (about 1/4 cup) in a cup until dissolved- then slowly add to the sauce mixture on the stove and heat until thickened to the consistency of gravy.
  6. Add the chicken into the sauce. Heat thoroughly.
  7. Serve over hot rice.
  8. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions!

23 thoughts on “Sesame Chicken Recipe”

  1. hey memoria, if you’re looking for a substitute because you want it to be non-alcoholic, then just combine a dash of sugar, vinegar, and lemon juice. if you just can’t find sherry, then just sub any dry white wine! great recipe by the way! i’ll have to try it this weekend!

  2. This recipe is wonderful! I tried it for my brother’s birthday and the whole family because addicted. It is very similar to the seame chicken that you get in restaurants, but better in my opinion! Thanks so much for providing this recipe :c)

  3. Great recipe. I subbed scotch for sherry and it worked out very well. I also added some chile garlic paste to the sauce at the end for a little heat. I will definitely make this a regular in my kitchen.

  4. Hi there! I came across your recipe on Foodgawker! I’m excited to try it tomorrow night. And then hopefully, Tweet all about how good it is! I’m wondering though … do you use toasted sesame oil, or untoasted? I have both and tend to like the toasted, but don’t know which to use. Thanks for the recipe!


  5. I just made this for dinner. It was delicious, but really salty. I followed all the measurements and directions except for the sherry wine. Is it supposed to be really salty?

    • The Soy sauce has a tendency to do that- depending on your taste-maybe try the lite next time you make this. It might lighten it up a little bit.
      Thanks for the feed back.

  6. Hello, we tried this recipe and we liked it a lot! The taste is delicious with the sweet honey and the savory soy sauce, a perfect combination.
    We had rice like you suggested and made sure it’s light and plain as the chicken occupied all the room for flavour.
    Couldn’t use sherry because we don’t drink alcohol but substituted it for a bit of apple cider vinegar & jellab (a syrup made of grape molasses, pulp of raisins, rose water and sugar).
    PS: *whispers* woke up at 2AM and had some of this sesame chicken as a midnight snack 🙂

  7. Tonight will be my second time making this (I have a picture from the first if you want!) and it was delicious! I’m going to make a few changes tonight. First I accidentally added too much sesame oil (didn’t taste bad
    Though) and I forgot the ginger. Also I added some hoisin sauce to the sauce and it made it taste like my local favorite, only much cheaper! This was my very first attempt at making Chinese food and following someone else’s recipe (I don’t usually measure, it’s a downfall of mine) and I have to say I was patting myself on the back all night long! Do you happen to have a good fried rice recipe? I keep trying to recreate one that has bean sprouts, green onion , and jasmine rice but it just never gets the flavor correct :/

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I am going to keep making it, it’s more delicious than the over priced Chinese out here, cheap and so fun to make!!! I didnt have any faith in my Chinese cooking until I tried this out, I am so excited!

  8. Just tried this recipe for my husband and I. Must say it was incredible!! I didn’t have cornstarch so I substituted flour, I know it’s not the same but it saved me a trip to the grocery store today! The chicken was still so moist and better than when you get it at the restaurant because it didn’t have so much added breading. I can’t stop thinking about how yummy it was and I even tweeted about it and included a link to your site! Hope you don’t mind and thanks again!!

    * Shila I made fried rice along with this meal – my ingredients were carrots, onion, green peppers, soy sauce, shrimp, egg, and chicken stock. The added green onions as a garnish. Try playing around with that if it sounds appealing to you at all. It suited us well!

  9. Made this and looked beautiful and just like the picture..but didnt taste sweet at all.. I followed the recipe to a tee..so I dont know what went wrong..everyone else reply stated it tasted just like their favorite chinese place..but mine sure didnt..

    • Its been awhile sense I made this, but looking at the recipe, which includes brown sugar and honey, I don’t know how it could not have a sweet taste. Anyway sorry it didn’t come out for you.

  10. Hi,
    I made this recipe tonight and the sauce came out wonderful! However, the chicken didn’t come out crispy when fried. It was really goopy and you could kind of taste the cornstarch. Plus a lot of the chicken stuck to the frying Pan. I followed the directions to a tee so I am not sure where I went wrong?

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