Takeout Sesame Chicken

Takeout Sesame Chicken is a Chinese-American takeout classic that you can make at home in under 30 minutes! This crispy chicken and deliciously sweet sauce is a family favorite! You’re going to love it!



• 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1 pound
• ½ cup all purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 2 teaspoons table salt
• 2 teaspoon white pepper
• 3 eggs
• 2-4 cups vegetable oil, for frying


• ¾ cup water
• ½ cup honey
• ¼ cup ketchup
• ¼ cup brown sugar
• ⅛ cup rice vinegar
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 3 cloves garlic, minced

To Finish:

• ¼ cup sliced green onions (optional)
• 2 tablespoons sesame seeds


1️⃣ Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, salt, and white pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Submerge chicken breast pieces egg mixture first then the dry mixture and set aside.


2️⃣ Meanwhile, pour enough vegetable oil into a large pot or saucepan to cover the bottom with 2 inches of vegetable oil Heat to 350 degrees F. Working in small batches, fry chicken pieces until cooked through and golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.


3️⃣ While the chicken is cooking, combine in a bowl-water, honey, ketchup, brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, cornstarch, and ground ginger. Set aside.

4️⃣ In a large skillet, heat the tablespoon of sesame oil and garlic together over medium high heat until garlic turns a darker shade and is more fragrant. Add in the the sauce mixture and simmer the sauce over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until it thickens up. Add chicken right into the sauce and toss to fully coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

5️⃣ Serve immediately. Garnish with green onions (if using).

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