Honey Sesame Chicken


Skip ordering takeout and prepare this easy, Asian-inspired honey sesame chicken that's deep-fried and smothered in a sweet and zesty sauce. Garnish with thinly sliced green onions, if desired.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings



  • cup raw honey

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • ½ cup cold water

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder, divided

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 egg

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup cold water

  • ½ cup cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • peanut oil for frying

  • ½ tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Mix honey, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, Sriracha sauce, and sesame oil together in a medium bowl.

  2. Combine cold water, cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl; mix well. Add to honey sauce mixture and mix well. Set aside until needed.

  3. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder over chicken.

  4. Whisk egg in a large bowl. Add remaining salt and garlic powder and mix well. Mix in flour. Combine water and cornstarch in a bowl; add to egg mixture and mix well. Add avocado oil and baking powder; mix well.

  5. Pour 3 inches of peanut oil into the bottom of a wide, deep pot and heat to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  6. Place 1/2 of the chicken pieces into the batter mixture and turn to coat. Scoop tablespoonfuls of chicken and batter into the hot oil. Do not crowd the chicken. Fry in batches until chicken pieces are golden brown and no longer pink in the centers, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Check oil temperature between batches.

  7. Pour honey sauce mixture into a large skillet. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, 3 to 4 minutes. Add all chicken pieces to the sauce; turn to coat. Sprinkle on sesame seeds.

    Honey Sesame Chicken

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1015 Calories
87g Fat
46g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 1015
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 87g 111%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 1125mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 229mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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