20 Minute Sesame Chicken

Sticky, sweet and savory sesame chicken will have you eating non-stop. Put down the phone and forget about take-out because you can make your own sesame chicken at home in just 20 minutes.

Chicken has to be one of my favorite kind of poultry and I’ve always loved Chinese take-out sesame chicken. So of course I had to try and recreate it.
This sesame chicken recipe is one of those meals which you can cook within just about 20 minutes. With the chicken cut into small bite size pieces, it cooks nice (and because everything’s better in bite size) and fast with the sauce forming in a quick minute.
All you’ve got to do as prep is cut the chicken and coat them in cornstarch. Then pop them in the pan cooking for about 5-6 minutes or until browned. Add the sesame soy sauce, letting it simmer for a few minutes until thick and sticky and finally toss in a handful or two of cashews! Serve it with a bowl of rice or some noodles and you’ve got a recipe you can enjoy any day of the week. It’s that simple! I ate my chicken with a big ole pile of rice and some broccoli. Gotta create a well rounded meal!
The cashews add a great taste and a nice little crunch to the dish. However, if you don’t like them feel free to replace them with something else of completely omit it out of the recipe. The chicken will taste amazing either way!
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 pinch of Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (add more for more heart if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Ginger, grated
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil (optional)
  1. In a large bowl combine the chicken, cornstarch, salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large pan on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add oil and chicken, cooking for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. In medium bowl mix soy sauce, honey, sriracha, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and sesame oil. Add mixture to chicken and allow it to simmer for 3-4 minutes and it is thick and sticky.
  4. Toss in some cashew nuts, mixing until coated with sauce and evenly distributed throughout dish.
  5. Remove chicken from pan and serve on hot rice or noodles.
  • The cashew nuts are optional which can be replaced by other nuts or taken out of the recipe.
  • Instead of olive oil, sesame oil can be used to cook the chicken in. This will give it a strong aroma.
  • Chopping some spring onions to garnish before serving can help add a pop of color if you don’t plan on serving it beside some vegetables.

Author: Nicole

Hello! My name is Nicole and I’m a home baker and the occasional chef for the family. Starting with pre-mix cake boxes and now baking everything from scratch, I spend most of my time day dreaming about the numerous things I could be baking. I’m definitely the one who has the biggest sweet tooth! Along with my passion in the culinary world, I love sharing all the delicious creations I’ve made! I hope you enjoy my recipes and give it a try yourself!

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