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Sesame Chicken is a delicious and easy weeknight meal. You will love the sweet, sticky glaze and the savory sesame flavor.
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This easy Sesame Chicken recipe makes a delicious dinner. We first encountered this recipe as an appetizer served on toothpicks. It was absolutely delicious. However, we quickly realized that with some rice and veggies it could be a whole meal! With tender chicken pieces and a delicious tangy glaze, this Sesame Chicken is sure to please.
Ingredients in Sesame Chicken
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs. Either way you will cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
- Sesame Oil – Sesame oil has a very strong flavor. Just a tablespoon of oil gives this Sesame Chicken recipe its classic sesame flavor. If you don’t have sesame oil, you can use canola oil or vegetable oil, but it won’t have quite the same flavor.
- Chicken Broth – you can also use chicken stock.
- Sriracha – We like our chicken to have a little kick, but you can leave the Sriracha out or substitute it with sweet chili sauce for a more mild flavor.
- Balsamic Vinegar – you can use white vinegar with a splash of rice vinegar as a substitute if needed.
- Low-Sodium Soy Sauce – Make sure to use low-sodium, otherwise it will have too much salt.
- Brown Sugar – you can also use honey.
- Sesame Seeds
Make it a Meal
We love to pair this sesame chicken with rice and veggies for a well rounded dish. If you are adding vegetables to this recipe, fry them in the oil in the pan first, before the chicken and then set aside in a bowl. After you cook the chicken and make the glaze, add the veggies back in and stir to coat. Some of our favorite veggies to add include broccoli, sugar snap peas, red bell pepper, asparagus, green beans, carrots and green onion. When it comes to rice, you can use white, brown or fried rice. We have also served it with noodles.
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe doesn’t produce crispy chicken, but if you want more crispy there is a way! Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and add cornstarch or flour. Toss to coat the chicken. Then fry the coated chicken pieces as directed in the recipe below.
This sesame chicken is very mild. You can even omit the sriracha if you are worried about it.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. You can reheat in the air fryer, on the stovetop or in the microwave.
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How To Make Sesame Chicken
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- Put chicken and oil in a skillet over medium high heat and cook until lightly browned on both sides. Add broth, balsamic, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and hot sauce and cook until liquid comes to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for about 15 minutes. Remove cover and bring heat to medium-high, allowing sauce to reduce down, about 5-10 minutes, until it becomes a thick glaze, turning chicken occasionally. (Keep an eye on glaze, you don’t want it to burn or completely absorb into the chicken)
- Transfer chicken to a platter and pour glaze on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- If you are adding vegetables to this recipe, fry them in the oil in the pan first, before the chicken and then set aside in a bowl. After you cook the chicken and make the glaze, add the veggies back in and stir to coat.
- Some of our favorite veggies to add include broccoli, sugar snap peas, red bell pepper, asparagus, green beans, carrots and green onion.
- When it comes to rice, you can use white, brown or fried rice. We have also served it with noodles.
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