Does the price of Chinese takeout have you down? Try making your very own Sesame Chicken at home! It may take a little more time than driving to the nearest Chinese restaurant, but this labor of love is totally worth it!
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This recipe gave me the chance to finally season and break in a brand new wok that I bought for my husband.
For Christmas. Three years ago.
I had a wok that my mom gave me that she had owned since I was little and the handle was getting kinda old and crusty and needed to be replaced.
Oh my gosh.
I just realized I bought MYSELF a new wok for Christmas three years ago. (Maybe that’s why he never used it?)
I have tried a number of different Sesame Chicken recipes and this one is the winner!
The other ones I tried tasted floury or too sweet.
Then I came across Sabrina’s Sesame Chicken recipe at her blog Dinner, then Dessert.
I only had to adapt it slightly.
I briefly met Sabrina at a conference this year and also went to hear her talk and give great blogging tips.
She is also a bona fide chef!
- Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- Corn starch
- Egg whites
- Seltzer water
- Soy sauce
- Rice wine vinegar
- Brown sugar
- Sesame oil
- Sesame seeds
- Crushed red pepper
- Minced garlic
- Vegetable oil
- Cutting board
- Dutch oven or deep fryer
- 1 large mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- 1 medium mixing bowl
- Spider strainer or slotted spoon
- Wok spatula
It was so satisfying to finally find a recipe that worked for Sesame Chicken.
It truly tastes as good as it looks!
It’s not too sweet and has just the right amount of heat and garlic. Mmmmmm…
I may just have to whip up another batch this weekend! (In, you know, my husband’s wok.)
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Does the price of Chinese takeout get you down? Try making your very own Sesame Chicken at home! It may take a little more time than driving to the nearest Chinese restaurant, but this labor of love is totally worth it!
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small chunks
For the Tempura Batter
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup cold seltzer water
For the Sesame Sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- vegetable oil, for deep frying
- sesame seeds, for garnish
- Preheat the oil in your deep fryer or dutch oven to 350ºF.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the tempura batter ingredients together.
- Add the chicken to the batter and coat well.
- Using tongs, add the chicken to the oil in batches and fry until golden brown.
- Remove the chicken with a spider strainer or slotted spoon and allow to drain on a paper towel.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the sesame sauce ingredients together well.
- Heat wok on medium-high heat.
- Add the sesame sauce to the wok and use a wok spatula to move the sauce around until heated through.
- Add the chicken to the sauce and coat.
- Serve over rice and sprinkle with additional sesame seeds.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 527Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 1115mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 34g
Please note that the Calculated Nutrition is an estimate at best.
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This is amazing! So simple and quick. Tons of flavor. Definitely going to be adding this to my collection! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!
Heather Buentello says
Please let me know how you like it!
I recently moved from N.Y. to Florida and couldn’t find Szechuan sesame chicken anywhere
I tried your recipe yesterday, and it’s a winner. Thank you so much
Thank you for coming back, rating and commenting on the recipe! I am so glad you like it!
I don’t have seltzer water. Do i need it?
Heather Buentello says
Hi Debby, You can use ice cold water as well. Come back and let us know how it turned out!