Have you been slaving over a hot stove, trying time and again to get that restaurant-style magic infused into your sesame chicken recipe? Slave no more! The magic is here! Say 'open sesame', and it shall be done. Your wish is our command. Now enjoy!

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut chicken into about 1 inch X 2 inch pieces.

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  • In a large nonporous glass dish or bowl, combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, sherry, ginger and five spice powder. Mix together. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat. Cover dish and refrigerate for 20 minutes, turning once, to marinate. After 20 minutes, drain chicken, reserving marinade. Boil reserved marinade in a small saucepan for 5 minutes to remove risk of bacteria.

  • Meanwhile, spread sesame seeds out evenly on an aluminum foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven, to toast, for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. In a shallow dish or bowl combine flour and salt and pepper to taste. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour, shaking off any excess. Brown chicken pieces in oil for about 1 minute each side. Spoon boiled marinade over chicken, reduce heat and saute all together for 1 more minute or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.

  • Remove chicken pieces from heat and roll in toasted sesame seeds. Rinse and dry lettuce leaves; line serving platter with leaves and spoon chicken on top. Garnish with tomato wedges and serve.

Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

352 calories; 8.2 g total fat; 99 mg cholesterol; 619 mg sodium. 24.3 g carbohydrates; 43.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (36)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2006
I bought the ingredients before reading the reviews for this recipe. I decided to make it anyway but I made a few changes. First of all I omitted the maple syrup and the 5 spice powder. I added 2 minced garlic cloves and 2 TBS of honey. I cut the chicken into long strips about an inch wide. I did everything else the same except I fried the floured chicken in batches and added a little water at the end of each batch to scrape up the browned bits on the pan and then adding a little more oil before each batch. After the last batch was cooked I poured the remaining marinade in the pan with about 1\2 cup of water and reduced it. Then I poured it over the cooked chicken and sprinkled the sesame seeds on top. It may not taste like a restaurant made it but with these changes it becomes very edible. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe was my worst cooking experience ever. The flavor was horrifying after a messy and time consuming preparation. I would not recommend this recipe to anyone with functioning taste buds. Read More
(43)
41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 18
Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2006
I bought the ingredients before reading the reviews for this recipe. I decided to make it anyway but I made a few changes. First of all I omitted the maple syrup and the 5 spice powder. I added 2 minced garlic cloves and 2 TBS of honey. I cut the chicken into long strips about an inch wide. I did everything else the same except I fried the floured chicken in batches and added a little water at the end of each batch to scrape up the browned bits on the pan and then adding a little more oil before each batch. After the last batch was cooked I poured the remaining marinade in the pan with about 1\2 cup of water and reduced it. Then I poured it over the cooked chicken and sprinkled the sesame seeds on top. It may not taste like a restaurant made it but with these changes it becomes very edible. Read More
(19)
Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe was my worst cooking experience ever. The flavor was horrifying after a messy and time consuming preparation. I would not recommend this recipe to anyone with functioning taste buds. Read More
(43)
Rating: 1 stars
02/03/2004
My daughter spent a lot of time and money preparing this dish for a family gathering. What a humiliating experience it turned out to be for her! All the guests were aghast upon tasting this dish! They turned greener with each bite and no one finished it. The dinner party was a disaster. I'm sorry but this "sesame chicken" was absolutely not meant for human consumption. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/02/2006
I love Sesame Chicken but this recipe was not to my taste at all Read More
(23)
Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2006
I bought the ingredients before reading the reviews for this recipe. I decided to make it anyway but I made a few changes. First of all I omitted the maple syrup and the 5 spice powder. I added 2 minced garlic cloves and 2 TBS of honey. I cut the chicken into long strips about an inch wide. I did everything else the same except I fried the floured chicken in batches and added a little water at the end of each batch to scrape up the browned bits on the pan and then adding a little more oil before each batch. After the last batch was cooked I poured the remaining marinade in the pan with about 1\2 cup of water and reduced it. Then I poured it over the cooked chicken and sprinkled the sesame seeds on top. It may not taste like a restaurant made it but with these changes it becomes very edible. Read More
(19)
Rating: 1 stars
01/19/2004
If I could give this recipe zero or below on this farse of a scale I would. It is truly stomach wrenching. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
I strictly followed the recipe instructions and do not believe this recipe is correct. The sauce ingredients don't make up enough to marinate and recoat the chicken plus when you boil the sauce it crystalizes and hardens. Instead I had to marinate then discard original sauce. Then I mixed together another dose of sauce and coated after chicken was cooked. Also I don't think 1/2 teaspoon peanut oil is correct I used quiet a bit more to keep my chicken from burning. Before I make this recipe again I think I'll look for a better glaze style sauce to dip in after the chicken is cooked. Read More
(16)
Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2004
This wasn't like the sesame chicken I've ever had. The spices were too strong. I won't make this again. Read More
(15)
Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
Not like any sesame chicken in any restaurant I've been to (as claimed by author) and I've been to many. Closer to a General Tso's chicken. I think the key may be in the maple syrup. It probably should be honey instead IMHO. Otherwise it's a good recipe. Read More
(12)
Rating: 1 stars
06/30/2005
I was so disappointed by this recipe! My husband wouldn't even touch it. I could kick myself for not reading the reviews first before spending the money to try this recipe out! Read More
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