Thursday, July 2, 2015

Honey Sesame Chicken

It's hard to beat a craving for good Chinese food. Unfortunately, it's hard to find a good Chinese food place where we live. It's OK, you can feel sad for us.

That being the case, we've learned to make many Chinese dishes of our own. Some are complex, but many like this Honey Sesame Chicken are simple, quick and easy and include ingredients that are familiar to most people.


Chicken Ingredients
1½ lbs chicken breasts, cut in 1-inch pieces
½ cup flour
¼ cup cornstarch
½ tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp pepper
½ cup water

Honey Sauce Ingredients
½ cup honey
3 Tbsp soy sauce
¼ tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp water
Vegetable oil, for frying

Green onion, diced
Sesame seeds


  1. Prepare the chicken coating by combining flour, cornstarch, salt, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and water. Whisk until blended.
  2. Heat about ½ - 1 inch of vegetable oil in an electric skillet to 375 degrees.
  3. Place cut chicken into the chicken coating and cover well. Place in the electric skillet and fry until golden brown. This takes about 5 minutes. (NOTE: The chicken has a tendency to clump, so it's best to cook the chicken in small batches or watch carefully and break apart.)
  4. Place the cooked chicken on paper towel covered plate so the oil can drain and the chicken can finish crisping up.
  5. Prepare the sauce by combining the honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. In a separate bowl, combine the cornstarch and water and whisk until blended. 
  6. After the sauce has reached a boil, reduce the heat and gradually pour in the cornstarch mixture, and whisk constantly until the sauce thickens. 
  7. Add the crispy chicken to the sauce and carefully mix until the chicken is coated in the sauce.
  8. Top with green onion and sesame seeds and serve with rice.
This meal comes together quickly and takes such minimal effort, but it tastes amazing and it's better than take out. Give it a try the next time you need a quick fix meal.


bxcrochet said...

That looks so good. This is one of my favorite things to order for Chinese takeout.

Michelle F.

Julie @ Girl on the Move said...

We are fortunate enough to have Chinese food places nearby but most of the time I prefer making things at home so I know what's in my food!

Heather Lawrence said...

We live in a big city and there are tons of Chinese food places nearby but, I have always preferred home made over store bought. The flavour just seems to be richer don't you think?

Masshole Mommy said...

That sounds absolutely delicious. I can't wait to make this for my family!

Stacey D said...

Oh I love Chinese food, but yes - I usually order out! It's my one meal that I go to when I need a break from the kitchen. Your recipe looks great!

Jeannette said...

I have been looking for a great Chinese food recipe! I LOVE sesame anything so this is right up my alley! I have to do some meal planning this would a great one for the family!

Beth@FrugalFroggie said...

I have looked for a great recipe for Sesame Chicken. I love take out it but it is so expensive.

Cathy Mini said...

Honey sesame chicken is usually my go-to order when we get Chinese take out, so now I am so stoked that I've found your recipe so I can just make it at home! Thanks!!

Jaclyn Kent said...

That chicken looks absolutely amazing. We've been trying to eat more white meat and this would be a great way to spruce up chicken!

alexandria waning said...

1. my hubs would love this.
2. it looks amazing.
3. i just made some amazing honey mustard (i added more than honey and mustard, btw) sauce the other night so i could totally take this on. i might try!!! going to subscribe now.

Liz Mays said...

I see this happening over the weekend! I happen to have all the ingredients on hand. :)

Donna M said...

Yum, i haven't had sesame chicken in so long, because we have no good Chinese food around here either. This version sounds so good. And I am now craving Chinese food - thanks :)

Shelley Mc said...

This looks like a yummy dish and I do love me some Chinese food. I've pinned it for future reference.

Rebecca Hubbell said...

This looks so good, my husband would absolutely love this! Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!

Kristen Stevens said...

This recipe looks absolutely amazing! Will definitely have to try it! Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop.

Pamela Bennett said...

My son would absolutely love this Honey Sesame Chicken recipe! Thanks for sharing on the Living with Style Linky Party!

Jenna said...

Looks delish and it's one of my go tos when we order Chinese. Sharing at our Weekend Features post on Sunday. Thanks for a great recipe!

Allie H said...

I'm so happy I came across this post. I too am in the same boat. I cannot find a good Chinese restaurant around me. I've been resorting to making my own as well. Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Party! Pinning for later use.

MelissaW said...

Found this recipe on Pinterest and made it last night for dinner, my family and I loved it. My daughter who is the pickiest of picky eaters asked if we can have it again. Thank you for sharing.