Sweet and Spicy Sesame Chicken


My family begs for this sesame chicken! It's much easier to prepare than the ingredient list indicates. If you are a fan of Chinese-style food, prepare to love this yummy dish. Serve over jasmine rice.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry

  • 1 dash sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 4 (5 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon red chile paste (such as Thai Kitchen®)

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce, dry sherry, a dash of sesame oil, flour, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water, baking powder, baking soda, and canola oil in a large bowl. Mix well; stir in chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Combine 1/2 cup water, chicken broth, vinegar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, sugar, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, red chili paste, and garlic in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, constantly stirring. Turn heat to low and keep warm, occasionally stirring.

  4. Fry marinated chicken in batches until cooked through and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  5. Transfer chicken to a large platter, top with sauce, and sprinkle chicken with sesame seeds.


Tamari can be used in place of soy sauce if you desire.

For a sweeter sauce, use 2 tablespoons of vinegar. If you like it tangy, use up to 3/4 cup!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

745 Calories
37g Fat
69g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 745
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 1405mg 61%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 329mg 7%

* 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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