Budget Sesame Chicken Recipe Will Make You Toss Those Take-out Menus by Ann Marie Patitucci

Budget Sesame Chicken Recipe Will Make You Toss Those Take-out Menus

My family loves ordering Chinese take-out food. However, it’s pricey and we’re trying to be better about cooking more, because it’s both healthier and more affordable.

This easy, tasty sesame chicken recipe does the trick when we’re craving sesame chicken. Serve the sesame chicken over a bed of rice and top with sliced green onions.

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Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


Sesame Sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil (I prefer extra virgin olive oil)

For Serving

  • 4 cups cooked rice (I use jasmine rice)
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Here's how to make it: 

  1. To make the sauce, in a small bowl combine the soy sauce, water, sesame oil, brown sugar, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, minced garlic, sesame seeds and cornstarch. Set the sauce aside.
  2. For the chicken, in a large bowl, whisk together the egg, cornstarch and a pinch of salt and pepper. Coat the chicken with the egg and cornstarch mixture.
  3. Add the oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat. Once the skillet is very hot, swirl it around to ensure the oil coats the entire surface. Add the chicken, spreading pieces out in a single layer in the skillet.
  4. Cook chicken pieces until golden brown on the bottom. Carefully flip the chicken, breaking up the pieces into smaller ones. Continue to cook the chicken until golden brown on the other side. Stir the chicken as little as possible to avoid breaking the egg coating.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked through and golden brown on all sides, pour the sesame sauce over top. Be sure to fully coat the chicken with the sauce. As the sauce comes up to a simmer, you’ll notice it begin to thicken. Continue to gently stir the chicken in the sauce until it has thickened, then turn off the heat.

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Soy Sauce $2 & Up
Sesame Oil $3 & Up
Brown Sugar $2 & Up
Rice Vinegar $2 & Up
Sesame Seeds $3 & Up
Cornstarch $2 & Up
White Rice $2 & Up
Jasmine Rice $2 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
This is such a great idea, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead . Easy, delicious Asian alternative in your own home!
Big ol juicy yum 😍
With the costs of foods going up this is a welcome recipe, thanks...

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