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Sesame Chicken


How good is sesame chicken? I’ve recreated the Chinese restaurant classic but made the batter lighter and healthier, which means you can enjoy it guilt-free… and more often! It’s still crispy and still delicious, and I guarantee you’re going to love it. Just remember not to overcrowd the pan when frying – you’ll probably need to do it in two or three batches.




10 minutes

20 minutes


500g (1.1 lb) chicken breast, cut into small, thin strips

½ cup chicken stock

3 tbsp white vinegar

4 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp soy sauce

1½ cup plain flour (all-purpose flour)

2 tsp cornflour (cornstarch), dissolved in 2 tbsp water

vegetable oil for frying

1 tbsp sesame seeds



2 tbsp soy sauce

1 garlic clove, finely grated

1 egg white

1 tsp sesame oil

Step 1

In a large bowl, place chicken and marinade ingredients. Mix thoroughly to break up the egg white. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes.

Step 2

In another bowl, mix together the chicken stock, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce.

Step 3

Place the plain flour in a large tray or bowl. Add the chicken pieces and the marinade and use your hands to pat and press the liquid and flour together around the chicken pieces to form a craggy coating.

Step 4

Fill a wok or saucepan to about 1/3 capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat over high heat. The oil is hot enough for frying at 325°F or 165°C or when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles. Shake excess flour from the chicken pieces. Cook chicken pieces in 2 to 3 batches for about 3 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper.

Step 5

In a clean wok or pan over medium heat, add the sauce you made earlier. Simmer for about a minute to allow the sugar to dissolve. Then add the cornstarch mixture. Cook for another half a minute or until the sauce has thickened. Add the chicken pieces and toss until evenly coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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What our customers say

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January 23, 2023

This is so good!!

Yum! I order sesame chicken at a local restaurant and thought that was pretty good. This is so much better, lighter and is so simple to make. Don’t share that last bit with your guests though 🙂 I might double the sauce for the men in my life but it really is great as is. Another family favourite from Marion!

November 7, 2022

Love this Sesame Chicken!!!

This dish is easy to make & always delicious! I make it regularly at my house & have made it for company & everyone always loves it. I serve it with homemade fried rice usually but have also served it with plain white rice if I’m feeling a bit lazy…lol. Satisfies that chinese food craving without having to go pick it up & is much healthier I bet so it’s a win win.

October 25, 2022


Not normally one to write reviews but made this tonight and was so surprised at how easy and delicious this is. Thanks for an amazing recipe. Will definitely be recommending and can’t wait to try some of your other great looking recipes.

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