The Best Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe - fried coated chicken glazed with a sweet and savoury sticky Asian sauce. This is our better than takeout recipe, which you can easily at home with simple ingredients.
Origin of this dish
You can find Chinese-style crispy chicken with sesame seeds in almost all Chinese restaurants and takeout in the US and UK. Originated in Chinese-American restaurants like the popular General Tso's Chicken and Orange chicken.
Also known as Sticky Honey Sesame Chicken because the crispy chicken is tossed in sweet, glossy, and sticky honey sauce. It's usually served over a stir fry noodle or steamed rice.
Every family and restaurant has its own version of it. Even American restaurant chain TGI Fridays has its version of TGI sesame chicken strips and Panda Express's one is very popular too.
With our easy recipe, you can create restaurant-quality at home with minimum effort. Super delicious and incredibly easy to make at home.
What makes this dish so special:
- A perfect crowd-pleasing dish for any party or gathering. Serve as a starter or pair it with other dishes and make it the main meal.
- The coating is super light and crispy, but the meat inside is moist and tender.
- Super addictive and satisfying dish all kids and adults love. Unstoppable to take another bite!
Ingredients you can swap or add extra:
As this is a versatile dish, you can adjust or swap the ingredients according to your preference.
Protein: We usually make it with boneless chicken breast but you can also make it with boneless chicken thigh, fish fillets, or tofu. If you wish you make it with beef, use tender beef steak like ribeye, rump, sirloin, flank steak, and cut into thin strips.
Vegetables: I love to make without many veggies. But for veggies lovers, you can add extra onions, bell peppers, snow peas, or any of your favourite stir fry vegetables.
Honey Sesame Sauce: To achieve the perfectly balanced sweet and sticky honey sauce, you will need honey, sesame oil, sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, and water. If you prefer less sweet in the sauce, omit sugar or substitute sugar with honey.
Sesame Seeds: Use toasted sesame seeds to bring more nutty flavour and crunch texture to the dish.
What goes with this dish?
These crispy chicken bites are fantastic as a savoury snack. You can also serve with steamed rice, simple egg fried rice, noodles, potato chips, or wedges. Especially great with a Chinese tea or a can of cold drink.
Simple Cooking Process
First of all, cut chicken breast into medium bite-size pieces. Marinate with sesame oil, light soy sauce, garlic paste, baking soda, sugar and black pepper for 10-15 minutes.
Gather all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside for later use.
Break one egg white into the marinated chicken and mix it well.
Coat the chicken pieces with corn/potato starch and toss the excess flour out before frying. Make sure to coat each chicken pieces and separate each pieces.
Fry with pre-heated oil about 350° F. Add the chicken pieces and deep fry 2-3 mins until crispy golden brown. Remove from oil and set aside.
Pour the sauce mixture into the wok/pan and bring it to boil with medium-high heat.
Add the fried chicken pieces. Stir well with medium-high heat for few seconds.
Add the toasted sesame seeds and spring onions and stir well.
Remove from heat and transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onions. Serve immediately!
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- 0.70 lb Boneless chicken thigh/breast ( about 300 gram )
- 1 cup Potato /Corn Starch
- 2 tbsp Toasted sesame seeds
- 2-3 Spring Onions
- 1 Egg white
- Oil for frying
Marinate for Chicken
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
- 1 tsp Garlic paste
- ¼ tsp Baking soda
- ½ tsp Sugar
- ¼ tsp Black pepper
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 2 tbsp Light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Ketchup
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 1 tbsp Brown/white sugar
- 1 tbsp Vinegar
- 3 tbsp Water
- Cut chicken into small medium bite size pieces. Add all the ingredients from the chicken marinate list, mix well and marinate for 15 minutes.
- In a small mixing bowl add all the ingredients from the sauce mix and mix well. Set aside.
- Add one egg white into the marinated chicken and mix well. Coat the chicken pieces with Corn/potato flour and toss the excess flour out before frying.
- Heat the oil into high heat about 350° F. Add the coated chicken pieces and deep fry for 2-3 mins till chicken turn into light golden brown. Remove from oil and set aside.
- Heat the wok, add the sauce mixture and bring it to boil with medium high heat.
- Add the fried chicken pieces. Stir well with medium high heat for few seconds.
- Add the tosted sesame seeds and spring onions and stir well.
- Garnish with extra sesame seeds and cut spring onions.
- Crispy Sesame Chicken is ready! Serve immediately.
- Perfect with a bowl of steamed rice or a stir-fry noodle. Enjoy!
- Which oil is best for deep frying? Use neutral flavour oil like sunflower, canola, grapeseed, peanut, or vegetable oil for deep frying.
- Baked Sesame Chicken? Can you air fry the chicken pieces? Deep frying tastes best but you can spray or brush cooking oil on the coated chicken pieces generously. Fry it in an air fryer or bake in the oven until crispy golden brown.
- Making for a crowd? You can simply double or triple ingredients.
- Corn/Potato Starch - Use corn starch or potato starch instead of regular plain flour to achieve a crispy coating texture.