Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 4 reviews

Honey Sesame Chicken is crispy chicken chunks in a sweet sauce made with honey! This is just one of our many easy chicken recipes for everyday cooking!

Love Chinese takeout food? Make one now by following this recipe, or you can choose from a lot of our other similar recipes like Mongolian Beef, Egg Foo Young, and Sweet and Sour Pork!

Honey Sesame Chicken

Honey Sesame Chicken

Honey Sesame Chicken is something that I prepare when I crave for some Chinese takeout that is not spicy. It is totally enjoyable even with the simplest ingredients without skimping on the flavor!

We always have white meat on hand and that is for a good reason. It is healthful, affordable, easy to cook, and is versatile. You can make a lot of recipes out of it, like this one.

White meat tastes good and tastes even better when cooked Chinese-style! With this recipe, you will no longer have to go to P.F. Chang’s or Panda Express!

What is Sesame Chicken:

It is fried chicken breast meat in a honey-based sauce that is both sweet and savory. It is highly similar to General Tso Chicken but this one is not as spicy.

Chinese-inspired as it is, it appeals to most Americans even when it is not an authentic Chinese dish. It is sweet and tangy at the same time.

Honey Sesame Chicken

How do you make Honey Sesame Chicken:

  • Prepare the breading: In a bowl, make the flour mixture by combining flour, cornstarch, salt, and black pepper. In another bowl, beat eggs.
  • Fry: In a deep frying pan, heat up canola oil. Fry the meat by first dipping into the eggs then into the flour mixture, then, putting in the pan. Cook until the chunks are golden brown.
  • Toss: Make the sauce and toss the cooked meat with it.
  • Serve: Garnish and serve warm with rice.

What is Sesame Sauce made of:

Just combine the following ingredients in a bowl:

  • ketchup
  • rice vinegar
  • soy sauce
  • garlic
  • chili paste
  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • cornstarch
  • water
  • sesame oil
  • sesame seeds

Honey Sesame Chicken Sauce

How do you make Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

Just follow this recipe to cook the crispy chicken chunks and to make the sauce. Then, place them in a baking dish. Cover with the sauce, and then, put in the oven preheated to 325 degrees.

Or, instead of deep-frying, you can bake the white meat. Follow our recipe for oven-baked tenders and it will be perfect with the sauce. Just toss everything together.

What is the difference between Orange Chicken and Sesame Chicken

Both dishes sport the same recipe for the breaded crispy white meat. But the sauce for the Orange Chicken has orange juice as the base, no honey, and no sesame oil and seeds.

Is Honey Sesame Chicken bad for you?

It could be, but if eaten in moderation, then, you are all good. This dish is a good protein source and I use the white meat for a leaner portion.

The concern for this dish is that it is deep-fried and that it contains high levels of carbohydrates. For this, you can opt for the baked meat and leave out the breading entirely and lessen the sugars.

Honey Sesame Chicken

How to store:

  • Refrigerate: Refrigerate this for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container.
  • Freeze: You can put this in freezer bags and freeze for up to 4 months.
  • To reheat: Simply thaw and heat again in the oven.
  • Make ahead: You can prepare the meat separately and store separately, too. Then, toss everything together and heat in the oven when needed.

Recipe Tips:

  • Substitute apple cider vinegar to rice vinegar and it will give a nice apple flavor without ruining the taste.
  • Serve it with vegetables for a more balanced meal.
  • You can use whole, skin-on thighs for this. Just brown each side directly in butter – no need for the breading.

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5 from 4 reviews

Honey Sesame Chicken

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins



Sesame Sauce:



Nutrition information

Calories: 590 Carbohydrates: 65 Protein: 54 Fat: 11 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 226 Sodium: 1741 Potassium: 959 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 25 Vitamin A: 225 Vitamin C: 3.6 Calcium: 42 Iron: 2.4
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Maureen Fitzgerald

I can't wait to try making this! I love Chinese food but have a limited number of dishes I usually make.



My mouth is watering. This recipe looks amazing. Adding to my meal planning rotation now.



My family is going to love this recipe! It looks so good, I can't wait to make it.



Coincidentally I had sesame chicken yesterday but I didn't make it! I should try to make my own - so good!



This recipe looks so good. I have got to give it a try. I do love chicken. I'm going to save this so I can make it later. Yum!


Ruth I.

A new chicken recipe, love it! I am excited to try this.


Annemarie LeBlanc

Finding this recipe came just in time. I was just thinking of how to cook the chicken breasts I have in my freezer. Now I know what to do with them! Thank you for this recipe. This is going to be another family favorite!



Could you just cook the chicken without frying? (Then make the sauce?) It sounds SO DELICIOUS!!


yes, totally!



Sesame chicken is my favorite Asian dish. This looks fantastic.


Nancy Perinec

Hello! I had fun cruising around your website/blog. Your Cristy Honey Sesame Chicken caught my eye. I always keep frozen chicken breasts on hand and I actually had all the other ingredients, so it was a natural. It was fun to make and your sesame sauce was very yummy. We had guests for dinner and they all wanted to have the recipe. Thanks for sharing!!


Terri Joy

I didn't actually make this recipe yet, but I did make the sauce for another Asian chicken recipe. DELICIOUS!!! Can't wait try the entire recipe. Sauce seems pretty versatile and easy to change up. Might try subbing hoisin sauce for the ketchup, omit the sriracha, and add some ginger.


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