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Homemade Crispy Sesame Chicken

Skip the take-out and make your very own Homemade Crispy Sesame Chicken with simple and easy ingredients you already have in your pantry!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 376kcal
Author Tracy


For the chicken

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • oil for frying

For the sauce

  • 1 1/3 tablespoon sesame oil, divided into 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon or vegetable oil
  • 2-3 gloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce see note
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup ketchup*
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar**
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions


  • In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and add salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
  • In another bowl, combine flour and cornstarch.
  • Coat the chicken by dipping each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then into the flour. Repeat with all of the chicken.
  • In medium deep pot, add 3 inches of oil and heat to 350 degrees F
  • Once oil is hot, add about 8 pieces of chicken at a time and cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Repeat with all of the chicken.
  • Let chicken drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • While the chicken cooks, combine the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in a bowl.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat. Cook garlic for 30 seconds then add the sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until just thickened.
  • Add the chicken and toss to coat with the sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, then serve immediately over rice or just on it's own!


Be sure to use an all purpose soy sauce or a low sodium soy sauce.  Using a dark soy sauce will affect the flavor quite a bit.
Make your own ketchup: https://www.servedfromscratch.com/5-minute-homemade-ketchup/
Make your own brown sugar: https://www.servedfromscratch.com/homemade-brown-sugar/


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1418mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg