Whenever I make this Crispy Sesame Chicken it disappears almost immediately. It’s that good!
This sesame chicken is healthier than any of the deep fried chicken recipes you may get out at Chinese restaurants.
What could be better than this homemade chicken goodness with a healthy serving of these sesame udon noodles right now?
Making a meal from scratch is much more satisfying than ordering takeout.
This post will show you how to make sesame chicken using my foolproof, neat, easy method! And like I said, better than takeout!
Oh, and I can’t forget…
The delectable sesame sauce that gets lathered on the chicken is so good and easy to make too.
You might have most of the ingredients for the sauce in your pantry already. It has some pantry staples like sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds.
Basically this Crispy Sesame Chicken is all good things we love about a fuss-free weeknight dinner:
Easy to make
Saucy, crispy, crunchy, yummy
Can be used for rice bowls or sliced for salads
Here’s the line up for Crispy Sesame Chicken
Chicken tenders, chicken cutlets or chicken thighs
Japanese Panko Breadcrumbs
Salt and Pepper
You’ll bake until chicken is golden brown, coat the chicken in the sauce and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
The result? Tasty, super easy, crispy sesame chicken yumminess ready to be enjoyed!
How to make sesame chicken
Honestly you guys, it’s so simple.
Use this foolproof method for the perfect results every time you’re breading chicken.
I love baking the sesame chicken instead of frying because
The cooking process is simplified & neat & not as messy compared to frying in hot oil
The chicken is nice and crispy is never gummy
The breading stays on and doesn’t fall off!
Tips to making the best crispy sesame chicken
Buy chicken tenderloins (chicken fingers/chicken tenders) so you don’t have to fuss with cutting a chicken breast.
Organize your ingredients: Neatly arrange the shallow bowls from left to right: flour, egg, Panko breadcrumbs. Be sure you have the sheet pan prepped. As you bread the chicken you can place them directly on the sheet pan.
Bake the chicken! No need to deal with hot, splashing oil on the stove. Bake them in the oven on a sheet pan and they will still get nice & crispy.
OK – healthy, baked, crispy sesame chicken recipe – GO!
Fried rice, roasted broccoli, salad, potstickers or asparagus.
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Crispy Sesame Chicken
This Crispy Sesame Chicken is baked, not fried and is slathered in the most delicious sweet yet savory sesame sauce that’s studded with sesame seeds. So much better than takeout!
Coat a baking sheet with a thin layer of olive oil using a pastry brush. Set aside.
Grab 3 shallow dishes or bowls. Beat the eggs in one dish and set aside.
In the second shallow dish, combine flour, salt and pepper. In the third dish, combine the Panko and the sesame seeds.
Dip chicken in flour first and coat both sides. Then dunk in the egg and finally in the crumb mix pressing the crumbs to adhere. Place on the prepped baking sheet and repeat process with remaining chicken.
Bake for 20 minutes, flipped the chicken half way and apply more olive oil if chicken begins to stick. Bake until chicken is golden brown and reached an internal temperature of 165°F.
While the chicken bakes you can make the sesame sauce. Combine all of the ingredients (from soy sauce to salt & pepper) for the sauce together in a measuring cup or large bowl.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the sauce to a simmer. Then in a small ramekin, combine the cornstarch and water. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the sauce and whisk until sauce thickens.
Spread the sauce over the cooked chicken and garnish with more sesame seeds and green onions if desired.
Can use chicken tenders, some grocery stores like Sprouts sell them this way. Or, use chicken breasts and slice in half horizontally so you have two cutlets.