Sticky Sesame Chicken

Sticky Sesame Chicken {30 minutes} – Sweet and sticky sesame chicken, ready in just 30 minutes and way better than take out!

30 Minute Sticky Sesame Chicken - Creme de la Crumb

By now I think you know that I really love Asian-inspired take-out style dishes. LOVE them. It’s probably my very favorite type of dish to make and eat. Even more than desserts! That’s really saying something, especially considering that when Creme de la Crumb was born, it was almost entirely featuring sugary-loaded totally head over heels tasty desserts. And I really love those too, I do.

Sticky Sesame Chicken - Creme de la Crumb

But do you see this dish? This Sticky Sesame Chicken? Just look at it! It looks so pretty… and it’s SO good! There are about a hundred different ways to make sesame chicken, maybe a thousand different ways, but I am going to go out on a limb here and tell you that this one has to be one of the very best sesame chicken recipes out there, if not the best. Seriously! I know you’re feeling slightly doubtful but just look again at that chicken for a moment.

You wanna try it don’t you? Of course you do.

Sticky Sesame Chicken - Creme de la Crumb

This Sticky Sesame Chicken is so amazing in part because it’s so dang easy. Can you tie your shoe? No? Well I’ll teach you, it’s something about a rabbit and a tree… or something like that. And then we’ll move on to making dinner.  But if you CAN tie your shoe, you can make this Sticky Sesame Chicken all by yourself. I swear it’s so easy, and it’s done in less than 30 minutes. You can’t beat that! Just think, you can prepare and be eating this chicken in less time than you can order take out from your favorite restaurant. And it tastes better (and probably healthier!) than a restaurant. So easy. So delicious. Make it!

Sticky Sesame Chicken - Creme de la Crumb
Sticky Sesame Chicken

What people are saying about this Sticky Sesame Chicken 

“This was one of the best meals I’ve made in a loooong time, absolutely loved it! Will make more recipes from your site for sure, it all looks wonderful!” – Sanne

“I made this tonight for dinner and it was WONDERFUL! It seems the cornstarch is what I was missing with all the other sesame chicken recipes I’ve tried. With only flour the chicken gets a harder shell too fast in frying and then the sauce doesn’t want to stick. The cornstarch, though, left the exterior of the chicken soft but fully cooked on the inside of course. And the sauce is delicious and thickened really nicely. Just perfect! I pinned it!” – Sara

“I’ve made this several times and it is a huge hit! My husband and I fight over the leftovers. I’m making it again tomorrow for a new mother and I can’t wait to eat it! I love how thick the sauce is. I’ve tried other recipes for sesame chicken and the sauce was always too thin. My sister is also a big fan of this recipe.” – Natalie

“Made this tonight! It is the first time my chicken has actually browned nicely without the breading falling off and the sauce was just right. Other sticky sesame recipes I’ve tried have been too bitter or they turn into a sticky mess in the pan that wouldn’t unstick. This one was great. I made a half portion to test it out before feeding it to my boyfriend and friends. I will be sharing this with others very soon.” – Alison

Sticky Sesame Chicken

Sweet and sticky sesame chicken, ready in 30 minutes and [b]way[/b] better than take out!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Chicken, sesame
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • sesame seeds
  • 3-4 cups cooked white rice
  • optional: fresh green onions, chopped

Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

Instructions

  1. Whisk all sauce ingredients together, set aside.

  2. Place beaten egg, 3 tablespoons corn starch, and flour in three separate bowls. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture, then flour (toss to coat), and lastly in corn starch (toss to coat). Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan or skillet. Add chicken and cook, stirring throughout to ensure even cooking, 5-10 minutes until cooked though.

  3. Add sauce to your skillet and bring to a boil. Whisk cold water and 2 tablespoons corn starch together in a small bowl until corn starch is dissolved. Add corn starch mixture to skillet. Stir until sauce thickens. Serve over rice and top with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*The sauce recipe will make enough to coat the chicken but, if you like your dishes really saucy, double the sauce recipe!

Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.

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I love the chopsticks photo! This sounds so great Tiffany! I love Asian dishes and love how easy you’ve made this sesame chicken

    Thanks Chelsea! I actually burned these chopsticks on accident after this recipe and now I have to buy more! 🙁

This looks fantastic…so much better than take out 🙂

    Thanks Becca! 🙂

Made this! I ended up doubling the sauce recipe because it was THAT good. Thank you for the fantastic recipe! I will be making this again and again. 🙂

This was one of the best meals i’ve made in a loooong time, absolutely loved it! Will make more recipes from your site for sure, it all looks wonderful!

All the best from the Netherlands
Sanne

This is a DELICIOUS recipe!

Made this tonight…it is delicious and I love that its easy to prepare and all in one pan!!! Love it 🙂

This was absolutely delicious! I doubled the sauce and added frozen stir fry vegetables. Didn’t use extra cornstarch the bits at the bottom of the pan made for enough to thicken the sauce perfectly. Served over wild rice.

This was sooo good! Everyone loved it…I doubled the sauce and also did not have to add the cornstarch to thicken, it was perfect on its own. Will definitely make this again and again!

    Isn’t this recipe easy?! It’s so family-friendly, kids and adults like it and it is easy and inexpensive to make! I’m so glad you enjoyed it – thanks Janel! 🙂

Made this last night. It was good. Just a note, the directions say mix all sauce ingredients together but later say about adding the cornstarch. I did it all at one time and it seemed fine. Also, is the cornstarch/water ratio off? I ended up adding more water b/c it was like paste. I like sauce but didn’t double it which seemed fine, too. Family loved it and I’ll definitely make it again. Thanks!

    As a rule, cornstarch should always be mixed with water (or milk, in some cases) before being added to anything. I haven’t made the dish but I would imagine that Step 1 would include mixing all the sauce ingredients together except for the cornstarch/water.

I’ve made this several times and it is a huge hit! My husband and I fight over the leftovers. I’m making it again tomorrow for a new mother and I can’t wait to eat it! I love how thick the sauce is. I’ve tried other recipes for sesame chicken and the sauce was always too thin. My sister is also a big fan of this recipe.

    I like my sauces THICK! Ha, my husband does too so we are big fans of these recipe – he asks for it all the time! I am so glad that your family likes it, it’s so easy and a great go-to for busy nights. I hope your guest enjoys it too! Thanks for taking a second to let me know how much you like it Natalie!! Happy Wednesday! 🙂

i made this last night and it was super tasty! my 2yo couldn’t stop sticking his fingers in the sauce to sample. definitely a keeper 🙂

    Hi Anita! I am so glad this was a winner for you – my family loves and it’s a BIG win in my book if kids like it as much as adults do!! 🙂

We have made this twice now. It is insanely good! My daughter has decided this is her favorite meal!

Made this tonight! It is the first time my chicken has actually browned nicely without the breading falling off and the sauce was just right. Other sticky sesame recipes I’ve tried have been too bitter or they turn into a sticky mess in the pan that wouldn’t unstick. This one was great. I made a half portion to test it out before feeding it to my boyfriend and friends. I will be sharing this with others very soon.

Hi There 🙂
Recipe looks great. Anyway you can make it a LCHF recipe and substitute flour for almond flour?
Sugar for xylitol? Corn Starch for Phslliym Husks? I’m no expert but I know those are the LFHC equivalents but not sure if they will work. Im sure it wont be as delicious but better than not having it at all.

    Hi Courtney, I actually don’t have any experience with adapted recipes for LCHF diets so unfortunately I’m not a good source for your question, sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!!

That was GREAT!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, Tiffany 😀 I made it for dinner tonight and my family RAVED and told me it was better than a restaurant!

I had a sesame chicken recipe that I was going to try, one that I found after hours of searching, but I still wasn’t too happy with it, it just didn’t feel right, if you know what I mean. So I browsed a bit more today and stumbled upon your fantastic presentation and knew immediately that I had found the one! And boy was I right <3 Thank you so much!!!

I made this tonight and it is so dang good! Initially I questioned why both flour and corn starch but after tasting it, I thought who cares lol it’s so good I’ll add every single ingredient without question from here on out. Thanks for helping me make an awesome meal.

I’ve been looking for a perfect Chinese chicken recipe and this was it. Also I love your photos and your website! I scrolled all the way down and found out you are also using the Foodie theme! 😀 Anyway, here’s how this recipe turned out for me: http://www.cantcookwillcook.com/recipe-sticky-sesame-chicken/. Hope you’ll come have a look 😀

I made this tonight for dinner and it was WONDERFUL! It seems the cornstarch is what I was missing with all the other sesame chicken recipes I’ve tried. With only flour the chicken gets a harder shell too fast in frying and then the sauce doesn’t want to stick. The cornstarch, though, left the exterior of the chicken soft but fully cooked on the inside of course. And the sauce is delicious and thickened really nicely. Just perfect! I pinned it!

Some how your recipe for Sticky Sesame Chicken ended up on my frig several months ago. I don’t even remember printing it out. I thought it had come from Pinterest but when I went back to look it wasn’t on my board. The print out was a bit of a wreck after being tossed around the kitchen by my son-in-law and I who cook together almost every night. After such rave reviews of our main critic and hard to please person, my daughter, I had to come find where I found the recipe. I’ve been cooking dinner for some 30 plus years now and I usually don’t fix many fancy meals these days, but every now and then we look for something different. We had all the ingredients for this one except the sesame seeds so I called it the missing sesame seeds amazing chicken. We all love love loved it. I don’t think we could even get better from delivery. I hope to be trying some of your other recipes soon. Thanks so much, Angie Harvey

    Oh Angie, thanks so much for taking a second to let me know your story! I have no idea how this recipe landed on your fridge but I am SO glad that your family has enjoyed it! It’s definitely a favorite at my house, you just can’t beat the flavor and it’s soooo easy! 🙂

I have lived all over the world and I have never been able to find a good Sesame Chicken recipe, even in Asia. I made your recipe the other night and it was exactly what I have been looking for all these years. It was so delicious.

YUM YUM YUM!!! I made this last night and its all I’ve been thinking about since. I will have what’s left for breakfast. Although there’s really not enough leftovers to fill a coffee cup. It was that good I doubled the sauce and added red pepper flakes, and sirrachi hot sauce, but before adding the heat it yours tasted wonderful. Hubster and dd were so happy! I’m almost 50, and have been cooking since a very young girl. I love to cook meals for family and friends. Homemade Chinese food, I don’t know, intimidated me for some reason. I would use store bought sauces, mixes or kits from grocery store. Or just get take out. But now my family thinks I’m a master. I do make a mean homemade eggroll though!! Thank you so much, can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. And my family can’t wait to eat them. Oh, the pictures of your food are great. Definitely what made me want to make it : – )

god this chicken is AMAZING. Thank you sooooo much for this recipe. I love it, its going straight in my cookbook. Ill never waste money on a Chinese restaurant again. You are a supergenius. Thank you!!! ♥

    Ha! Stephanie your comment is cracking me up!! 🙂 🙂 So glad you liked this it’s a favorite in our house!

This was a good, easy and quick recipe. Though the sauce tasted a bit too ketchupy to me, just have to control the amount next time. I have a quick question though, how can we make the chicken fry nice and crunchy on the outside? Whenever I try to coat chicken with eggs and flour/cornstarch it gets all messy and doughy, and the chicken end up only partially coated and partially naked.. Any advice?

I just made this and used gluten free bisquick instead of flour and corn starch and it was actually really good! (Just in case anyone is GF)
I served over jasmine coconut rice. YUM!!
Thanks!!

Made this for the first time last week for my boyfriend and I and we both absolutely loved it. Thank you for the fantastic recipe we will be making this many more times in the future!! 🙂

    Yay! I’m so glad you liked it – A+ for winning over the boyfriend I’d say!! 😉

Made this the other night and with a few personal touches ,I loved it SO much I put it on my blog 🙂 This will DEFINITELY be a regular menu item in my house! Hope you like the love!

    I’m glad you were able to customize it to your personal taste! I’m sure your readers will love it too!

Great photos and great recipes! I just posted this recipe on my blog, after adding a few of my personal touches 🙂 Hope you enjoy the love!

The first time I made this I decided to substitute one tablespoon of the ketchup out for one tablespoon of sriracha. I stand by that decision. Gives it a little extra zing. I have made it a couple times since and always substitute 1-2 tablespoons of sriracha. Love it. Thanks for the recipe. Like the blog. Keep it up.

    Why on earth have I not thought to add sriracha?? I put it on everything! Thanks for the awesome idea!

Made this Last night. Took longer than expected but was well worth it.
Loved it. Better than take-out!!

I just made this for dinner… absolutely delicious! I reduced the sugar n used rice vinegar instead of white vinegar. I’m so happy I found this, I live in France and it’s impossible to get a takeout where I am and the restaurants aren’t v. good! Merci merci merci ☺️

This receipt was delicious. I used twice bake potatoes w cheese instead of rice. Awesome receipt.

I never have posted on Pinterest before but this was so good I just had to say something. This is a real keeper. Thanks for this recipe!

Thanks for a wonderful recipe! I think this tastes A LOT like General Tso’s chicken without the heat. It took much longer for me to make, but I am slow and with the egg and flour then cornstarch it takes awhile…plus I had to fry in batches. (Ok so my big pan was dirty and I wanted to cook, not wash dishes lol!) The sesame chicken I am used to doesn’t have the ketchup in it and is not breaded, but this is good stuff. I am looking forward to trying your baked version next time!

I looked everywhere for a sesame chicken recipe and each one I found called for 1937494 ingredients that I didn’t have… Then I found this one- easy, simple, and SO GOOD!! Thank you so much. Love the blog!

    So glad you liked it Ellie! It really is so simple and the flavor is so yummy – we love it!

I tried this last night and it came out wonderful! My husband was so impressed.

I just had to tell you that a friend discovered this recipe just over a year or so ago and I tried it out and it has quickly become a signature dish! I have shared the recipe with coworkers, friends and family and everybody raves about and asks for the recipe! Thank you!

    yay! I’m so SO happy to hear that Mercedes! Thank you!

OMG – delicious! I loved the sauce on the broccoli we had too

I made it for the first time and i got to say that there wasn’t even 1 sesame seed left. Thanks a lot!!

awesomesauce no really awesomesauce really really good me and my sister made it three times already LOVE it

I plan my family’s dinner menu 2 weeks at a time. This is always on the menu! I do bake the chicken (skipping the cornstarch on it) and I also double the sauce. The only thing I add to the sauce is 2 teaspoons of sesame oil. So fabulous! My daughter makes a yummy sweet heat fried rice to go along with it. Everyone loves Sesame Chicken night! Thank you so much for this recipe. It is forever taped to the inside of my cabinet door. 🙂

I can’t wait to try this! I featured your recipe in my Sunday Morning Coffee Cafe this week!

Could I use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar?

    Yep that should work fine! 🙂

I have been searching for Sesame Chicken recipes for a while now. Each one I found thus far just didn’t seem to “grab” me. As soon as I saw the picture of your chicken, I said to myself, “Yes, that’s it”. It looks just like the Sesame Chicken I get in the restaurants. Anyway, I haven’t tried it yet, but if a gut feeling is any indicator… I know I’m gonna like this.

It’s a bit ketchup-y to me, but a little bit of sesame seed oil did the trick. Nom nom nom!

Beyond delicious! I love a bit of experimental
cooking and googled this dish and your recipe came up – hands down the best dish I have ever cooked! 👍 Thankyou!

What kind of oil do you use?

Hi, I haven’t made this yet but was wondering if I could you just malt vinegar if it had to be cider or white. It sounds really tasty though

    Malt vinegar would be fine to use in this recipe 🙂

I love sesame chicken and I have tried a bunch of different take out and this homemade recipe is the best I’ve ever had. Ive made this for my family and friends and always get compliments. On top of being delicious, it’s so cheap and easy to make. I make it at least once a week and even leftover it tastes amazing. All your recipes that I’ve made always turn out great, thanks!

I made this tonight for the hubby and I, and he LOVED it!

Thank you so much! Favourite thing is that you use simple ingredients that everyone usually has. Thank you again. Loved it, loved it!

    You’re so welcome! I’m happy you enjoyed it!! 🙂

Made this tonight and it was excellent – my whole family gobbled it up! It took me quite a bit longer than 30 minutes, but that’s probably just my speed in the kitchen 😉

Dayem, dat was good! Thanks for the recipe!

Wow, I love cooking, thank you so much for this recipe, it really is the creme de la crumb, fantastic, delicious, I’m using this for all of our potlucks, xo

    This is better then any Chinese restaurant I have tried

      So glad that you loved it that much! Thanks, Cindy!

    This is one of my all time favorites! Glad you loved it as much as I do!

Cookingfood

Looks awesome, tastes mostly like fancy ketchup