Sesame Chicken (the non-deep fried version)

March 29, 2012 at 8:58 am 8 comments

The weather has been so nice this week (high temp around 80° F), that Hisa and I decided to get out of the house and go somewhere yesterday. I’d been wanting to go to the zoo, so we decided to go there.
It was the perfect day for it. It was warm and sunny with some clouds, but not so warm it was hot and uncomfortable. Since the weather was nice, most of the animals were out (if you’ve ever gone to the zoo in the summer when it’s hot, then you probably know that many of the animals are in their dens asleep, where you can’t see them), which was nice.

I’ve always loved animals and going to zoos. It reminds me of my childhood dream to be a zoologist. That is until I discovered that zoologists have to take a huge number of science courses in college. I kinda changed my mind after that…
Still, it was a lot of fun seeing the animals, and just getting out of the house and enjoying the weather.

After the zoo, we got coffee, checked out our favorite used bookstore, and headed home. It was a fun day. With lots of cute, fuzzy animals. That’s hard the beat in my opinion. 🙂


Sesame chicken is probably my favorite American Chinese buffet dish, in all of its fried, artificial, and unhealthy glory. Terrible, I know. It’s still my favorite though. Even if I only eat it once in a blue moon.

I’ve been gradually trying to expand my repertoire of Chinese dishes I can cook, so I decided to try my hand at sesame chicken this week (albiet, a somewhat healthier version).

The breading of this chicken doesn’t have the same uniform texture of deep fried sesame chicken, but it’s still really good. I also didn’t make it as sweet as restaurant style sesame chicken, but feel free to adjust the sweetness level to your own tastes.

First, mix up your marinade ingredients: 1 egg, 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. cooking sake (or cooking wine if you don’t have it), a couple drops of sesame oil, 2 Tbsp. unbleached flour, 2 Tbsp. corn starch, 2 Tbsp. water, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, and 1/4 tsp. baking soda.
Cut up 3 – 4 chicken breast into bite sized pieces, mix it with the marinade until it’s well coated, and let it marinate for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix up your sauce ingredients: 1/2 c. water, 1 c. chicken broth, 1/4 c. white vinegar, 3 Tbsp. corn starch, 1/3 c. sucanat (or honey or sugar), 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, 1/8 tsp. sesame oil, 1 tsp. chili paste (more if you want it hot), 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp. onion powder.
Boy, doesn’t that look yummy?! Ahahaha…

 Heat a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (or peanut oil if you have it) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, and let it cook on one side until well browned, then flip it, and let it cook on the other side.

Once you’ve browned the chicken pieces on both sides, you can chop it up so the pieces aren’t sticking to each other, and stir-fry it around until it’s cooked through.

Once the chicken is cooked through, pour on enough sauce to coat the chicken well (Don’t drown it. I had extra), mix it well, and continue stirring it around until the sauce thickens to consistency you want. Add about 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds, and mix them up well.
Serve with steamed rice, and any other chinese dishes you want. I served the sesame chicken with rice and  my sweet and sour vegetable stir-fry.


Sesame Chicken

(serves 4)

  • 3 – 4 chicken breasts


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. cooking sake
  • Around 3 drops sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. unbleached flour
  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda


  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. arrowroot powder or corn starch
  • 1/3 c. sucanat, honey, or sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. chili paste
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil (or peanut oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, and mix with marinade until well coated. Let marinate for about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook on one side, without stirring, until well browned, about 5 minutes. Flip, and cook on the opposite side, without stirring, until well browned. Stir-fry chicken until completely cooked through, another 5 – 10 minutes.
  4. Pour enough sauce on chicken so that it is well coated (you may not need all). Stir constantly until sauce thickens to the desired consistency. Adjust sauce seasoning to taste (add more sugar or chili paste if desired).
  5. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and mix well.
  6. Serve with steamed rice.


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shirley Bonacci  |  March 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    This is a recipe that looks quite easy, healthy and tasty. Anxious to try it. I think it will be a hit for my family.

  • 2. Brisa  |  April 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Tried this tonight. SO GOOD!!! I will def mark this with an A + when I stick it in my recipe book!

    • 3. rueki86  |  April 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Glad you liked it! This recipe has a cozy place in my recipe book too. 🙂

  • 4. Mag  |  April 3, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I made this and it’s gorgeous and light and lovely and flavorful. Thanks for sharing. (I found the recipe on Pinterest)

    • 5. rueki86  |  April 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks! I love finding good recipes on Pinterest! I’m glad you liked it!

  • 6. click here  |  May 26, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Could you message me with some hints on how you made your website look this cool, I would be appreciative!

  • 7. girlie  |  June 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    thank you, stumbled on your yummy recipe on pinterest. Am going to try it out this week 🙂

  • 8. Marilyn  |  October 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Looks good to me. I am going to try it this weekend. Thanks for posting.


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