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Honey Sesame Chicken

You can thank Martha Stewart and the Wing Wah Kitchen for this one. 

I had leftover rice from when Fritz and I bought Chinese food the other day and figured that I may as well continue with the Asian theme.¬† Fritz has always been a fan of sweeter Chinese food, while I tend to go for the savory.¬† For once…I let him win.

Honey Sesame Chicken (original recipe found here)

  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 3 T honey
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 2 T sesame seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C cornstarch
  • 2 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced
  • 1-2 T vegetable oil

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Slice the chicken into 1″¬†¬†pieces and set aside.¬† Mix the egg and cornstarch, and pour over the chicken to coat.¬† Meanwhile, combine the honey, soy sauce, and sesame seeds and set aside.

Warm the oil over medium heat in a large skillet.  Lay the chicken in the oil and cook through, turning once or twice (about 7-10 minutes).  Add the sliced scallions and the sesame mixture over the chicken, and cook until the sauce thickens, just a few minutes.

Serve with leftover (or newly cooked, I guess!) rice and steamed vegetables–broccoli would be an excellent accompaniment.¬†

¬†I can’t stress enough how delicious this recipe is!¬† I was on the phone with my mom while I was making this (hi, Mom!), and I kept exclaiming how delicious and easy and quick and good this was–and that she needed to make it ASAP.

And so do you.

The balance of sweet and salty is perfection, plus scallions and crunchy sesame seeds–whew.¬† And could the recipe be any easier?¬† I made this in about 20 minutes, including taking pictures, while talking on the phone.¬† And that’s impressive.

We ate this entire plate in less than 8 hours.¬† Couldn’t even resist it cold.

Fritz, Henry, and I are headed to my parents’ house in Syracuse for the long weekend–I can’t wait to get up there!¬† We are also visiting our good friends Breanna¬†and Zev in their brand new neighborhood, and are super excited.¬† What are you doing this weekend?

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  1. Holly

    Thanks so much for the print friendly button. It works like a charm! I know what we’re having for dinner tonight! :)

  2. Dimitri

    Awesome recipe! I love the new theme too! :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman


  3. Natalie

    Quick and easy! I love sesame chicken.

  4. Darbi

    I made this tonight and it was great! This will be a weekly staple and will be fun to modify from time to time depending on how sweet or salty the mood.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      So glad to hear it :)

  5. Gena

    Yum! Love how the ingredients are so simple!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      That’s the best part :)

  6. Nuts about food

    I love the look of the chicken but I admit I love that little grey paw even more. Sooooo cute!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I know! He’s sneaky but cute, that one :)

  7. Carol Rives


    I have officially honored you with the “Versatile Blogger Award”! Congrats!!


  8. Mara

    I found this on Food Gawker and made it right away. So amazing and simple. great recipe!

  9. Anna

    I remember Mongolian and Asian dishes when there is sesame in the ingredients…I will be trying this recipe, my kitchen is all ready!

  10. Cloud

    I tried this out for dinner tonight, but I used sesame seed oil to cook the chicken. It came out great. I’m curious though the recipe says just mix cornstarch and an egg and cover chicken. Mine turned into a paste, I ended up adding 1/4C of water to make it a little easier to cover the chicken.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Not sure why that happened–my best guess is that my egg (and Martha Stewart’s!) was much bigger, ’cause mine was exactly as it looks in the picture–quite drippy!

  11. Jamie

    Made this last night – we LOVED it! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Janelle

    You know what convinced me this was going to be good? That you were raving to your mother about how good it is. You know it’s going to be good if you’re telling mom about it. (At least, that’s what I do with my mom– if it’s really good, I call her and tell her she has to eat this. :)

    Anyway, I just made this for lunch, and it’s so easy and delicious! Definitely will become a staple in my meal rotation.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Yep, that’s definitely how it works around here…mom always knows about the best stuff!

  13. Annette

    So the egg , corn starch mixture is only used for the chicken to sit in while you mix the other ingredients, it gets thrown out and not used in the fry pan? I used the printer friendly button and 8 pages printed out with full color pictures, don’t know why that happened, did anyone else have that happen?

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      There’s a button to check that says remove photos, and you can further delete other text you don’t want before printing. The egg and cornstarch coats the chicken so most of it should be used up!

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