This homemade Crispy Sesame Chicken is just as good as what you usually get from your favorite Chinese takeout place! Fried chicken is covered in a sweet and spicy sesame sauce to create a dinner that the whole family will adore.
For the Sauce:
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
For the Chicken:
- 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into chunks
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Vegetable oil to fry
- For the Sauce: In a medium bowl whisk together all the sauce ingredients (soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, chili sauce, honey, vinegar, garlic, and sesame oil). Set aside.
- For the Chicken: Pat the chicken dry and set aside.
- Place the eggs in a medium bowl and whisk.
- In a large bowl whisk together the cornstarch, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
- Fill a large skillet about 1/2- inch deep with oil. Bring the oil to 350°F over medium heat.
- Working in batches, dip the chicken into the egg, and then dredge into the flour mixture, coating completely.
- Fry the chicken in the oil until well browned on all sides, 5 – 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- When all the chicken is fried, drain the grease from the skillet. Place the skillet back onto the burner on medium heat and add in the prepared sauce. Cook until the sauce just starts to bubble and then add the chicken back into the skillet and toss to coat.
- Can I Use Chicken Breasts? Sure! Chicken thighs are my preferred cut of meat, but boneless, skinless chicken breasts work just fine.
- Serve the Chicken Immediately: The sauce tends to soften the chicken’s coating a little, taking away some of the crispiness. So, with that in mind, I recommend serving the chicken as soon as you’ve added it to the sesame sauce.
- Can I Bake the Chicken? If you want to take a healthier route, you can definitely bake your battered chicken instead of frying it. It won’t be as crispy, but it will still be flavorful and delicious!
- Can I Make the Sauce Ahead? Sure! You can make the sauce a day ahead of time, if you like, so save time later. It stores well in the fridge.
Storage: Store this chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days. Freeze the same way for 2-3 months.
Keywords: honey sesame chicken, sesame chicken