Authentic Asian Sesame Chicken With Sesame Sauce Recipe

Authentic Asian Sesame Chicken With Sesame Sauce Recipe

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We adore this sesame chicken recipe because it mirrors the authentic flavor in an Asian restaurant. It’s a delicious chicken dish that’s delightful to prepare and enjoy.

Join us as we delve deeper into this recipe, exploring why we cherish it so much and how you can effortlessly create a dish at home that surpasses restaurant quality. A highlight of this recipe is its emphasis on using fresh ingredients.

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The Harmonious Pairing: Sesame And Chicken In Asian Cuisine

Asian Sesame Chicken With Sesame Sauce
Asian Sesame Chicken With Sesame Sauce

With its vast expanse and cultural diversity, Asia has given the world an array of mouthwatering dishes. Among these, the combination of sesame and chicken holds a special place.

But what makes this pairing so enchanting in Asian culinary traditions? Let’s embark on a flavor-filled journey to understand this duo better.

1. Historical Roots

The use of sesame seeds dates back thousands of years in Asia. Before they reached Western pantries, sesame seeds were cultivated in the Indian subcontinent and other parts of Asia. Their nutty flavor and high nutritional content made them a prized ingredient in ancient cuisines.

2. The Yin And Yang Of Flavors

Asian cuisines often emphasize balance. The nutty, slightly sweet profile of sesame seeds or oil complements chicken’s savory, umami-rich nature. This balance creates a harmonious taste experience, a cornerstone of many Asian dishes.

3. Texture Play

Sesame seeds add a delightful crunch when toasted and sprinkled over dishes. This contrasts wonderfully with the tender, juicy texture of well-cooked chicken. The juxtaposition of textures can elevate a dish from simply tasty to truly memorable.

4. Nutritional Synergy

Beyond taste, sesame seeds pack a nutritional punch. They are rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. When combined with chicken, a source of lean protein, the resulting dish becomes flavorful and nutritionally balanced.

5. Symbolism In Food

In some Asian cultures, sesame seeds symbolize prosperity and health. Adding them to dishes, especially during celebrations, can bless the recipients with abundance and well-being.

6. Versatility In Cooking

Sesame oil, derived from sesame seeds, is a staple in various Asian cuisines, from Korean to Chinese to Japanese. Its high smoke point makes it suitable for frying, while its distinctive flavor enhances marinades, dressings, and sauces. When infused with chicken, it lends a depth and aroma that’s hard to resist.

7. Global Influence And Adaptation

As Asian cuisines have traveled and evolved globally, the sesame-chicken pairing has been experimented with and adapted in numerous ways. This adaptability underscores the timeless appeal of these two ingredients.

The union of sesame and chicken in Asian cuisine is a testament to the region’s rich culinary history and its emphasis on balance, texture, and symbolism. While these two ingredients have found their way into various dishes worldwide, their roots in Asian kitchens remind us of the timeless traditions and tastes that inspire chefs and food lovers alike.

Why Chicken Thighs Are The Best Choice For Our Recipe

When perfecting a chicken dish, the cut of chicken you choose can make a world of difference. For our cherished sesame chicken recipe, we have a clear favorite: chicken thighs. But why, you may ask, do we prefer this particular cut? Let’s dive into the reasons and explore the magic of chicken thighs.

1. Flavor Is The Key

Chicken thighs are known for their rich and deeper flavor than other cuts. The darker meat has a naturally juicy and savory taste that splendidly absorbs and complements our sesame sauce. When cooked, it lends a depth of flavor that’s simply unparalleled.

2. Retains Moisture

Thighs have a higher fat content than chicken breasts. While this might sound negative to some, fat equates to Moisture in cooking. This ensures that when you’re cooking the thighs, they remain juicy and tender without drying out quickly. Say goodbye to the disappointment of dry chicken!

3. Economical Choice

Not only are chicken thighs flavorful and juicy, but they’re also often more affordable than chicken breasts. This means you can whip up a restaurant-quality dish without breaking the bank.

4. Forgiving To Cook

Given their moisture-retentive properties, chicken thighs are less likely to overcook. This is especially beneficial for those who might not have a lot of experience in the kitchen. Even if left on the stove for an extra minute or two, chicken thighs will still be tender and juicy.

Alternative Option: Chicken Breasts

Now, we understand that chicken thighs might not be accessible to everyone or may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Chicken breasts are a viable alternative if you can’t procure chicken thighs or prefer leaner meat. While they might lack the same level of juiciness and flavor as thighs, they can still be a tasty substitute with the proper preparation and attention.

While our heart belongs to chicken thighs for this sesame chicken recipe, the beauty of cooking is in its adaptability. Regardless of your choice of cut, with fresh ingredients and a bit of passion, you’re sure to create a dish that resonates with your taste buds.

Tips For Making The Perfect Sesame Chicken

The allure of sesame chicken lies not only in its flavor but also in its texture and presentation. Here are some tried-and-tested tips to help you recreate this beloved dish flawlessly at home:

1. Smooth Sauce Preparation

For a consistent and bump-free sauce, use a beater to mix. This ensures the cornstarch is integrated seamlessly, making the sauce smoother and easier to dip the chicken pieces before frying.

Also, the chicken pieces can be small or large. Sometimes we do more significant pieces, and sometimes, we make this with smaller pieces. It just depends on how you are going to serve it.

We also use a beater for the sesame sauce before heating it. Say goodbye to lumpy mixtures!

2. Pan-searing With Sesame Oil

While you can choose any oil for cooking, we’ve found that cooking the chicken in a bit of sesame oil in a nonstick pan provides an unparalleled flavor. Just cover the entire pan with sesame oil.

The aromatic notes of sesame enhance the overall profile of the dish.

3. Ensure Even Cooking

When it’s time to cook the chicken, patience is vital. Make sure to turn the pieces over multiple times, flipping them now and then. This ensures even cooking and imparts a beautiful golden hue to each piece.

4. Direct Sauce Addition

Since we’ve already incorporated the rich flavor of sesame oil in the pan during cooking, there’s no need for a separate saucepan. Once the chicken is fully cooked, pour the prepared sauce directly into the pan. Even if some batter is added to the pan, this adds to the sauce’s flavor.

5. Patience With The Sauce

Allow the sauce to simmer and thicken in the pan. The transformation of the sauce from a liquid consistency to a luscious, thick glaze is a delight to witness.

6. Reintroduce The Chicken

Once the sauce has thickened to your preference, add the cooked chicken pieces back to the pan. Gently toss and turn the pieces, ensuring they’re entirely coated in that delectable sauce.

7. Garnish With Flair

Presentation matters! Before serving, sprinkle roasted sesame seeds and freshly chopped green onions. Not only do these garnishes add an aesthetic touch, but they also impart additional layers of flavor and texture.

With these tips, you’re set to craft a sesame chicken dish that’s visually enticing and irresistible to the taste buds. Enjoy your culinary adventure and the delightful flavors of this Asian classic!

Authentic Asian Sesame Chicken With Sesame Sauce Recipe

Asian Sesame Chicken With Sesame Sauce Recipe

Recipe by Anita L Hummel
Course: MainCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Medium


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We love this sesame chicken recipe as it captures the genuine taste you’d experience in an Asian eatery. It’s a delicious chicken dish that’s a joy to make and savor.


  • For The Chicken
  • 1 1/2 Pound Chicken, skinless, and boneless, we like to use thighs.

  • 2 pieces Eggs, Beaten

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 Cup All-purpose flour

  • 1/2 Cup Cornstarch

  • Sesame Oil for frying

  • ForThe Sauce
  • 2 cloves Minced garlic

  • 1/4 Cup Honey

  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce

  • 1/3 Cup Ketchup

  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

  • 2 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar

  • 2 Teaspoon Cornstarch

  • 1 Tablespoon Roast Sesame Oil (see our notes on frying the chicken)

  • For Topping Chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds

  • 2 Tablespoons Sliced Green Onions


  • Whisk together eggs, salt, and pepper for the chicken until well combined.
  • Gradually add flour and cornstarch, using a beater, to ensure a smooth mixture.
  • Prepare the sauce by combining the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and cornstarch in a bowl and set it aside for later.
  • Cut up green onions and set aside for later—mince garlic and set aside.
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the egg and flour mixture, ensuring it’s well-coated. Then, dip it again for a second coat.
  • Pour sesame oil into the bottom of a non-stick frying pan, ensuring it covers the entire base. Begin cooking the chicken pieces in the oil.
  • Continue cooking, frequently turning the chicken, until it is fully cooked and has a golden-brown exterior.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
  • Place minced garlic in the pan that had the chicken. Stir until brown.
  • Pour the sauce mixture into the same pan and let it simmer for a few minutes or until it thickens.
  • As the sauce thickens, reintroduce the chicken to the pan, turning to ensure every piece is coated evenly with the sauce.
  • Transfer the chicken and sauce onto a serving plate and garnish with roasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions before serving.


  • If you’re a fan of generous amounts of sauce, especially to pair with rice, consider doubling the sauce portion of the recipe. I enjoy pairing the chicken with brown rice and always appreciate having extra sauce.

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