Chinese - Sesame Chicken

Baby Kato


Sesame chicken is my favorite Chinese poultry dish.

I love the sweet, salty and spicy flavor and texture of the tender chicken with its nice crust and the crunch from the sesame seeds and the sweet sauce.

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20 Min
15 Min
Pan Fry


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for the dish:
chicken thigh fillets (skin on or off, cut into strips 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long)
2 c
vegetable cooking oil
for the marinade:
1 Tbsp
soy sauce
1 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
oyster sauce
1 tsp
grated garlic
1/2 tsp
grated ginger
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 tsp
sesame seed oil
for the batter:
tapioca or corn starch
egg white, beaten
1/4 tsp
1 tsp
baking powder
for the sauce:
1/4 c
1/8 c
rice wine
2 tsp
soy sauce
2 Tbsp
oyster sauce
bird’s eye chili, finely chopped (or use chili sauce or flakes)
1/2 tsp
grated garlic
1/2 Tbsp
grated ginger
drizzle of sesame seed oil
2 Tbsp
toasted sesame seeds
finally sliced green onions, garnish, optional

How to Make Chinese - Sesame Chicken


  • 1Wipe the chicken strips dry with paper towels
  • 2Place the chicken strips in a bowl.
  • 3Add all the marinating ingredients, mix, cover and leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • 4For the Sauce:
  • 5Put all the sauce ingredients, except the sesame seed oil, in a small sauce pan.
  • 6Boil, lower the heat to medium and cook gently until thickened, about five minutes.
  • 7Taste, adjust the seasonings, if needed.
  • 8Drizzle in the sesame seed oil and stir and set aside.
  • 9Make the batter by mixing together all the batter ingredients.
  • 10Pour in enough water, tablespoonful by tablespoonful, so that the batter takes on the consistency of pancake batter.
  • 11Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan.
  • 12To test if the oil is hot enough, pour in half a teaspoonful of the batter into the oil. If the batter does not float within ten seconds, the oil isn’t hot enough. If the batter burns within a few seconds, the oil is too hot.
  • 13Dip each chicken strip in the batter and fry. Do this in batches, seven to twelve pieces per batch depending on the diameter of your pan, so that they don’t bump into each other and to make sure that the temperature of the oil does not drop too much.
  • 14The chicken strips should cook in about three to four minutes, at which time, the batter should be lightly browned.
  • 15For even browning, turn the chicken pieces over after the first two minutes.
  • 16Scoop out the chicken strips as they cook and drain on a stack of paper towels.
  • 17Fry the next batch,until all the chicken strips are done.
  • 18Pour off the cooking oil from the wok or frying pan.
  • 19Wipe the pan with kitchen paper if brown bits are stuck at the bottom.
  • 20Pour the sauce into the pan and reheat gently.
  • 21Turn off the heat.
  • 22Dump the chicken strips into the sauce, followed by the sesame seeds, and toss quickly to coat each piece with sauce and sesame seeds.
  • 23To serve place on a platter and sprinkle with scallions.

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About Chinese - Sesame Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Chinese

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