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An overhead view of a plate of sesame chicken served with rice and broccoli. Chopsticks lay across the plate.
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5 from 7 votes

Sesame Chicken

Skip takeout and make sesame chicken at home with this simple recipe. It's loaded with flavor, comes together in under 30 minutes and is absolutely delicious as a full meal when paired with rice and a side of veggies.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: sesame chicken
Servings: 4



  • cup reduced sodium tamari coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ Tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek or chili garlic sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 Tablespoons white sesame seeds


  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive or avocado oil
  • Toppings: sesame seeds green onion, sriracha
  • rice or cauliflower rice for serving
  • roasted or steamed broccoli for serving


  • Add all your sauce ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
    Ingredients for sesame chicken sauce in a mixing bowl: tamari, rice vinegar, water, sesame oil, arrowroot powder, coconut sugar, garlic, fresh ginger, sambal oelek, sea salt and sesame seeds.
  • Cut chicken into bite-size chunks.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together egg, arrowroot powder, salt + pepper. Add chicken pieces to bowl and toss to coat.
    Chicken marinating in egg, arrowroot powder, salt and pepper.
  • Add oil to pan and warm on medium high heat. Once warm add chicken to pan with egg mixture. Cook chicken 5-6 minutes per side until golden brown.
    Chicken cooking on a pan in olive oil.
  • Pour sauce over chicken and bring to a simmer until it starts to thicken, about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Pouring the sesame sauce onto the chicken in a pan.
  • Serve over rice with a side of broccoli or veggie of choice.
    Sesame chicken cooking in sauce in a pan.


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 1165mg | Potassium: 175mg | Sugar: 15g