Honey Sesame Chicken


Somehow I have gotten on this Asian kick lately and I’m loving every bit of it.  I am finding out just how easy making these meals are and they all are so yummy!  I’m also pretty darn proud of myself for totally keeping to my meal plan this week.  I chose dishes to make and didn’t really specify a day but the night before I needed to make dinner I would choose which one to make.  It worked pretty good for me that way!

I came across the blog My Kitchen Snippets quite some time ago.  The Honey Sesame Chicken sound like something that Grumpy would eat at home so finally, this week I got to making it!  I am finding this type of cooking really supper easy…another reason I keep making it!

Grumpy enjoyed this meal very much.  I did do cheaters fried rice and eggrolls…I was beat and didn’t even want to cook dinner, but the decision to make it was made when Grumpy said he was hungry.  I enjoyed it but I like my Chinese food more spicy (like last nights!).  However, this is a keeper as it is variety and Grumpy liked it!

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Honey Sesame Chicken

Published 04/10/2010
Honey Sesame Chicken

Bits of deep fried chicken pieces coated with a honey sesame glaze


  • 12 oz. chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Sauce:
  • t tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  • Marinate chicken in soy sauce, wine, sesame oil and sugar for about an hour. Mix flour and cornstarch and place in a large ziploc bag. Drain chicken and add to flour mixture. Shake gently to coat. Fry in hot oil (350 degrees) until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.To make sauce, mix chili sauce, ketchup, honey, oyster sauce, soy, sauce and water in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil then simmer until sauce begins to thicken. Toss sauce with chicken pieces, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: Asian food, Chicken, Honey, Sesame

Other Asian recipes you may enjoy:
Spicy Orange Chicken from Flavor Mosiac
Quick and Easy Asian Dumpling Soup from Renees Kitchen Adventure
Better than Takeway Beef Broccoli from Anyonita Nibbles
Sweet Asian Chicken from Our Life Tastes Good


  1. says

    ooooh, yummy! If you like General Tsao's (you can make it mild for Grumpy), come on over and check out my recipe….so good! I'm looking for an orange chicken recipe that is like Panda's…..

  2. says

    I seriously think your a mind reader, this is the only chinese food I can eat and we like due to no onion in it, as I am allergic, have never figured out whats in it. now my dear friend you are a genius, I love this recipe and am printing it out right now! thank you so much!

  3. says

    Finding Asian food – GOOD Asian food is like finding a needle in a haystack. This looks wonderful and is a much needed recipe since we love Asian food but have few places to eat it "out". This will be showing up on my menu!

  4. says

    Oh my, once we finish our first six weeks on ETL, we are going to treat ourselves to some form of animal protein. This is an all time favorite for my son whenever we visit oriental restaurants. Sesame chicken!

    Bon appetite!

  5. says

    That is how I do my menu plans. I just make a menu for the week and choose as I go what I will make each day. :)

    This looks SO good! I will definately be making this!

  6. says

    Yes, I'm seeing a pattern. I have also found myself thinking of you and your Asian kick during the day. I'm thinking I need to make some of this with the crack noodles!

  7. says

    Yes, I'm seeing a pattern. I have also found myself thinking of you and your Asian kick during the day. I'm thinking I need to make some of this with the crack noodles!

  8. says

    That looks amazing. A lot of Asian recipes I make at home just don't taste as good as the restaurant versions but this is one I have to try!

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your photos are awesome.

  9. says

    Very nice- I've been on a bit of a chinese kick lately. Ran across a recipe for General Tso's at Recipe Rhapsody a couple of weeks ago and made it again last night- it's my wife's new favorite. Yours looks great-I'll try it next time-thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Anonymous says

    This recipe was the first thing i have ever cooked in my whole entire life and im 16!! and it turned out great!! thanks for the recipe :)

  11. says

    I don't think it taste fishy, but if your worried about it you could probably cut the oyster sauce to 1/2 tablespoon. The combination of the other sauces help cut the strong flavor of the oyster sauce.

    • says

      You can use just regular cooking wine you would find in the grocery store or just use chicken broth or even just leave it out entirely. I sometimes use Mirin in place which is a sweet Japanese cooking wine.

  12. says

    I just made this and I don't know what I did wrong but that sauce just ended up being an over powerful, very thin ketchup-y tasting sauce. I followed the recipe exactly, so I don't know where I went wrong. My chicken doesn't look anything like your picture:(

  13. says

    Allyson, I'm sorry to hear that…you can always cut the ketchup down and use more chili sauce or use hoisin sauce instead. Play around a little to see what flavors work for you. If the sauce doesn't simmer long enough it will be thin. If you want it to thicken quicker, just thicken it with a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with 1/8 cold water (mix together) and whisk it into the sauce while it is simmering. It should thicken. The chicken should be slightly damp to hold the flour/cornstarch mixture and you don't want the coating to be too thick. I'm not sure how your chicken cme out so I'm not sure what to tell you about a solution. Good luck and if you do try it again, I hope it works out for you.

  14. Anonymous says

    Thanks for the recipe! My daughter LOVES Chinese food and she ate this up! She also said that it was better than take out Chinese! I will continue to make recipes from your blog!

  15. says

    Made this tonight and everyone loved it. I substituted the cooking wine for 1 tbsp white wine vinegar and some honey (to take away from the acidic taste of the vinegar). I also omitted the oyster sauce. It was fabulous! I'll definitely be making this again.

  16. Roxane says

    how did you make the cheaters fried rice and egg rolls? i can't wait to try this it sounds yummy! thanks for sharing! :)

    • says

      Hi Roxane :) I made "cheaters" fried rice and egg rolls by buying them at the grocery store already made. The grocery I shop at has pre-made fried rice and egg rolls in their deli section – you just warm up and eat :)


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