Chinese Sesame Chicken

Chinese sesame chicken is a classic from the kitchens of Chinese Take-out restaurants. The Asian-style sesame sauce over fried chicken is a dose of savory-sweet fast-food perfection, and you can easily make it at home. This classic chicken dish comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it a perfectly easy weeknight dinner.


  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cubed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil. Add the chicken cubes, season with salt and pepper, and toss until evenly coated.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the remaining sesame oil, ginger, garlic, chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, orange juice, and sesame seeds. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a low simmer. Simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the ingredients are combined.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and fry until golden brown and fully cooked. This should take about 8-10 minutes.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through, add it to the sesame sauce and toss to evenly coat. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve the sesame chicken over a bed of white rice, sprinkled with the sliced scallions. Enjoy!