Sesame Chicken Recipe

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

32 minutes

total time


½ cup light brown sugar

¼ cup soy sauce

¼ cup rice vinegar

4 tsp cornstarch

¼ cup water

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

2 garlic cloves (minced)

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (cubed into bite sized pieces, about 1 1/2 pounds)

¼ cup cornstarch

½ cup all purpose flour

2 large eggs

1 cup cold seltzer water

salt and pepper to taste

2 cups vegetable oil

2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

1 green onion (thinly sliced)


Place all sauce ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together.

Preheat oil, in a wok or tall sided pot, to 350˚F.

Toss cubed chicken thighs generously in salt and pepper.

Batter: In a mixing bowl whisk together cornstarch and flour. Whisk in eggs and seltzer water until a smooth batter forms.

Add seasoned chicken cubes to batter and stir to coat.

In small batches remove chicken from batter, allowing excess to drip off and transfer to hot frying oil.

Frying: Fry coated chicken for 4 to 5 minutes or until crispy and cooked through. Transfer fried chicken to a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack (or lined with paper towels) and repeat until all chicken has been fried.

Drain oil from wok and place over medium-high heat (or place a clean, large skillet over medium-high heat). Add sauce to wok or skillet and stir together until sugar dissolves and sauce thickens, 1 to 2 minutes.

Assemble: Add chicken to sauce and quickly toss together until all chicken is fully and evenly coated. Top with more toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions and serve with steamed rice.


Serving Size



394 kcal

Total Fat

17 g

Saturated Fat

8 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



162 mg


677 mg

Total Carbohydrate

34 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Total Sugars

18 g


26 g

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

32 minutes

total time
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