Sweet Spicy Sesame Chicken

by Nata
Sweet Spicy Sesame Chicken

Last Updated on August 23, 2020 by Cookie

Make a Chinese dish better than in a restaurant with this easy sweet and spicy sesame chicken recipe. If you want to delight yourself with something delicious inspired by Asian cuisine then this Sweet Spicy Sesame Chicken would be a perfect choice.

This delicious Chinese recipe can be quickly prepared at home, with only few ingredients that now can be found in almost every market. The secret lies in the marinade that gives the depth of flavor to the dish. Its sweet and spicy taste encapsulates crispy slightly browned chicken chunks.

As always, my purpose is to prepare in busy weeknights dishes as simple as possible. And this chicken recipe with sesame and honey sauce is always one of my pin recipes.  Coated with sesame sauce this chicken recipe will surprise you with flavors combination and delicious taste.

Sweet Spicy Sesame ChickenI agree that it is not the healthiest food, but it is steel healthier than street food or takeout dish. Pair it with some Instant pot broccoli sauteed with butter to assure that you end your diner with a healthy and tasty note.

For chicken recipes, I always try to buy organic chicken meat. It is very important to me to buy good quality poultry. A skillet full of this delicious sesame chicken is gone in seconds as my family simply loves these sticky small chicken pieces. 

I guaranty that this Asian dish will satisfy even the most demanding tastes. Not a scrap will leave on your plate.

What is Sesame Chicken?

Sweet Spicy Sesame ChickenSesame Chicken is tasty and easy to prepare dishes that will replace any takeout version. An incredible flavor, crispy chicken tossed in sesame seeds, and lots of garlic. Some honey, spices, and this chicken recipe will burst with aroma and flavors.

The tangy, savory sauce is simply irresistible – I usually add toasted sesame oil to adjust the taste and to make it more delicious. Why is this dish so special and at the same time so unique – a perfectly cooked chicken and the sauce itself. Chicken has to be tender, juicy, soft, and crispy, while the coating should be sweet/spicy and garlicky. Such a perfect combination that no doubt anyone will find this recipe amazing. 

What is sesame sauce made of:

Sesame sauceThis sticky, sweet, and savory sesame sauce is the king ingredient of Sesame Chicken. There are several methods to make this sauce. This sesame sauce is made of soy sauce brown sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, fish sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and some chili flakes. I have seen some recipes that include ketchup, dark soy sauce, cornstarch, or Shaoxing rice wine. For me these ingredients are extra and I didn’t find them interesting for this recipe. 

So, to prepare sesame sauce combine ingredients in a medium bowl or a jar: ⅓ cup of soy sauce, 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp fish sauce, 1tsp rice vinegar, ½ tsp of chili flakes and ⅓ cup sesame seeds. I have recently discovered mixing ingredients in a jar with a lid to get finger-licking sauces in a matter of seconds, mess-free as a bonus for inventiveness. Set aside.

How to make Spicy Sesame Chicken?

Sweet Spicy Sesame ChickenChinese is probably my second love for delicious recipes after Mexican. I adore the mixture of aromas between sweet and spicy. This chicken recipe tossed in lots of sesame, spices, honey, and garlic is unbelievable. No restaurant will make this recipe better, then me. 🙂

I adore making such flavorful dishes served next to some Instant pot basmati rice. A truly Asian evening atmosphere at home. 

Sweet, crispy, spicy, and sticky chicken will conquer any heart. I try to make this easy dish even when I have some guests as it saves me much time and effort. It isn’t a difficult recipe, neither too costly. 

Sweet Spicy Sesame ChickenGrab 2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs and divide it into chunks. Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp of grated ginger and 4 minced garlic. Saute them some minutes and add in the chicken chunks. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of flour and stir to combine. For the tastier results, deep-fry chicken. When you see the meat is golden brown color, pour the sauce and mix gently to coat the chicken chunks. Let it simmer until thickened for about 3-4 minutes. The sauce will become sticky and will coat savory chicken.

Transfer chicken from the skillet over rice or noodles, garnish with some fresh spring onion and extra sesame seeds.

This great recipe can healthily and nicely pair with sauteed broccoli, fresh veggie salads, baked vegetables, or cereals. 

Sweet Spicy Sesame ChickenCan you freeze Spicy Sesame Chicken?

Definitely you can! This sesame chicken recipe is freezer friendly and is a perfect ready-to-cook dish. First, let the dish cool completely. Then transfer it into airtight containers or freezer bags. Send it to the freezer and store for up to 3-4 months. 

Before serving transfer the frozen sesame chicken to the refrigerator to thaw overnight. Then reheat the dish in a saucepan over low heat. 

Sweet Spicy Sesame ChickenTips:

  • Always use qualitative products. Try always to choose organic poultry.
  • if you like better chicken breast, substitute things to it.
  • Do not substitute fresh garlic and ginger to powder. Fresh vegetables will certainly add extra aromas and taste to the sauce.
  • For a more balanced meal pair it with vegetables.
  • For frying use pan or even better wok.

Sweet Spicy Sesame Chicken

Sweet Spicy Sesame Chicken

Sweet Spicy Sesame Chicken

Nata
Make a Chinese dish better than in a restaurant with this easy sweet and spicy sesame chicken recipe. If you want to delight yourself with something delicious inspired by Asian cuisine then this Sweet Spicy Sesame Chicken would be a perfect choice.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6
Calories 413 kcal

Equipment

  • frying pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb chicken thighs  boneless and skinless
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp flour

Instructions
 

  • To prepare sesame sauce combine ingredients in a medium bowl or a jar: ⅓ cup of soy sauce, 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp fish sauce, 1tsp rice vinegar, ½ tsp of chili flakes and ⅓ cup sesame seeds.
  • Grab 2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs and divide it into chunks. Heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp of grated ginger and 4 minced garlic. Saute them some minutes and add in the chicken chunks. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of flour and stir to combine. For the tastier results, deep-fry chicken. When you see the meat is golden brown color, pour the sauce and mix gently to coat the chicken chunks. Let it simmer until thickened for about 3-4 minutes. The sauce will become sticky and will coat savory chicken.
  • Transfer chicken from the skillet over rice or noodles, garnish with some fresh spring onion and extra sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 413kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 28gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 920mgPotassium: 384mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 167IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 3mg
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