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Easy Sesame Chicken

Easy Sesame Chicken

This easy sesame chicken was simple to make, took less than 30 minutes to put on the table, and made my family’s lunch a little more special. I found this recipe on Crunch, Creamy, Sweet that looked interesting because I had never tried frying the chicken pieces in a mixture of egg and cornstarch before and I was curious to see how it turned out. It gave the chicken a nice flavor and texture but I think dredging it just in cornstarch would probably make the texture more crispy. I loved how easy the recipe was to throw together, using ingredients I had on hand,  and that my family enjoyed it. I served this sesame chicken with garlic rice and Asian roasted broccoli and it was a very tasty meal.

Easy Sesame Chicken

How to Make Easy Sesame Chicken

In a small bowl, whisk the low-sodium soy sauce, chicken broth, brown sugar, rice vinegar, cornstarch, sesame seeds, garlic, and ginger together until well combined. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg with cornstarch and some fresh cracked pepper, to taste, until well combined. Add the chicken pieces and coat. Side Note: For a crispier texture on the chicken, just dredge in the cornstarch and black pepper. 

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken, piece by piece without overcrowding, in the hot skillet and cook on all sides until the batter is golden and slightly browned. Remove the chicken from the pan to a plate and add another tablespoon of vegetable oil to the hot skillet then cook the remainder of the chicken, until golden and slightly browned. Remove to the plate.

Wipe the excess oil from the skillet then add the well-whisked sauce to the hot pan. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, then add the chicken and stir to coat the pieces evenly. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with more sesame seeds, if desired, and serve immediately. Enjoy.

Easy Sesame Chicken

Easy Sesame Chicken

Easy Sesame Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Author: Adapted by Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet

Equipment

  • Large Nonstick Skillet

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce ***Use 1/2 the amount if you have regular soy sauce or it will be much too salty.
  • ½ cup chicken broth ***Water can be substituted
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

Chicken:

  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • Freshly black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb boneless & skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk the low-sodium soy sauce, chicken broth, brown sugar, rice vinegar, cornstarch, sesame seeds, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger together until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the egg with cornstarch and some fresh cracked pepper, to taste, until well combined. Add the chicken pieces and coat.
    Side Note: For a crispier texture on the chicken, just dredge in the cornstarch and black pepper. 
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken, piece by piece without overcrowding, in the hot skillet and cook on all sides until the batter is golden and slightly browned. Remove the chicken from the pan to a plate and add another tablespoon of vegetable oil to the hot skillet then cook the remainder of the chicken, until golden and slightly browned. Remove to the plate.
  • Wipe the excess oil from the skillet then add the well-whisked sauce to the hot pan. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, then add the chicken and stir to coat the pieces evenly. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and sprinkle with more sesame seeds, if desired, and serve immediately. Enjoy. 
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8 Comments

  1. Mmmmm will try this as I love sesame. Hope all is well, keep safe. Diane

  2. I like that you make this type of meal for lunch. Most of us get a bologna sandwich 🙂

  3. Anne Olson says:

    Wonderful! Easy to make and soooo tasty!
    Thank you for another great recipe, Pam!

    1. Anne,

      So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for being such a loyal reader Anne.

      -Pam