January 11th, 2010

Easy Sesame Chicken

Sesame chicken is one of my favorite things to order when we get Chinese take-out. In fact, I kind of judge Chinese restaurants on how good their sesame chicken is.

This better-for-you version is a snap to put together, and it’s easily adapted to sneak in a few veggies if you’d like.

Easy Sesame Chicken

I can’t say whether or not this is authentic sesame chicken, but I can say that my husband and kids gobbled it up.

Which makes it a winner in my book! And as much as I love anything deep fried, I really like that this version isn’t fried.

Which means it’s a lot healthier than the take-out version. As an added bonus,  it is so quick and easy to put together!

It’s definitely a staple in our weeknight meal rotation. If you’d like to add vegetables, do that a few minutes before the chicken is cooked through. 

We like to serve this over rice, but it’s delicious on it’s own if you’re looking for a low-carb option.

Easy Sesame Chicken

This healthier sesame chicken is baked, not fried, and ready in less than 30 minutes!


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour, black pepper, ground ginger, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, cloves, and cinnamon.
  2. Place chicken into the bag and shake to coat. Remove to a platter.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together teriyaki sauce, honey and soy sauce.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  5. Place chicken into skillet, and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to low. Mix in teriyaki and honey mixture and stir until sauce thickens.
  7. Stir in sesame seeds and serve immediately.
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  Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from allrecipes.com



  1. stop, stop…stop! your food looks so delish and chinese food is one of my faves…and we skipped dinner tonight. you are killing me 🙂

  2. This looks like a yummy (and quick) dinner!!

  3. This was absolutely fantastic!! I found your blog a few weeks ago and have been making a few things here and there from it & everything has been simply perfect!!

  4. I spotted this on Pinterest recently and made it for dinner. It was absolutely fantastic!


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