Sesame Chicken

SESAME-CHICKENToday I am doing a Recipe Redo.

I have been sharing recipes with you for 5 years now!  That is a lot of recipes.

I also shared a lot of our very favorite family recipes in the beginning.  Back when my photographs weren’t so pretty and back when I even did some posts without photographs!!  Hard to imagine I know.

So I have decided to redo some of the recipes I shared in the very beginning – thus Recipe Redo!  Once a week or so I will redo a family favorite and share it again.  This time with better photos!!

Today’s recipe for Sesame Chicken is one of our all time family favorites.  When the kids were home this use to make the dinner rotation at least once or twice a month and that is a lot at our house since I tend to try lots of new recipes all the time.  For something to get repeated on a regular basis around here you know it has to be pretty darn good!  This one is.  I originally shared it back in November of 2007.

Sesame Chicken

One of the reasons this recipe is so great is that it doesn’t require too many ingredients.  It is great for those nights when you haven’t planned ahead.  As long as you have some chicken on hand you probably have everything you need.  Fresh green onions are nice but not necessary.

The first step is to cut up your chicken and cook it in a little oil.
Sesame Chicken
The secret to this chicken is in the sauce.  The sauce is a combination of sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, chicken broth, and sesame oil.
Sesame ChickenThe sauce is cooked until it thickens up.  Be sure and watch it though because it can go from thicken to burnt pretty fast.  You want it to be thick enough to coat a spoon.

Sesame ChickenAfter the sauce has thickened up you pour it over the chicken and stir to coat.
Sesame Chicken

Serve it over rice with a sprinkling of green onion and sesame seeds and you’ve got dinner.

Sesame Chicken

You’ve got a quick, easy and delicious dinner!

Sesame Chicken
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Serves: 2-4 servings
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ C sugar
  • ¾ C white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking wine or chicken broth
  • ¼ C soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced green onion, optional
  • Sesame seeds to sprinkle on top
  • 1-2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  1. Thinly slice chicken breasts diagonally across grain.
  2. Put 2 Tbsp. oil in frying pan.
  3. Add chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes or until just cooked through.
  4. Remove from pan and keep warm.
  5. Stir together sugar, vinegar, wine or broth, soy sauce, sesame oil.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook until sauce thickens and becomes sticky (this could take 10-15 minutes). Watch the sauce as it can burn easily.
  7. Add chicken to sauce and mix well.
  8. Serve over rice.
  9. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds
  10. Serves 2-4 (depending on how hungry they are!)
I usually double the sauce recipe. We like sauce!

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    So glad I saw just before making my menu this week. Definitely having this! YUM! We, too, have a child who is gluten intolerant and this recipe is PERFECT for him and for the whole family, too! Thanks, Leanne!

  2. Shannon S. says

    I made this for our dinner tonight and we all loved it! I’m curious since I doubled the sauce recipe would it take longer than the 10-15 minutes?

    • says

      Shannon, When I double the sauce it does take a bit longer to cook. The size of your pan really effects it too and how deep the liquid is in the pan. If I use a bigger frying pan it will cook faster.

  3. CATHY says

    Made this and loved it. Only issue I had was getting the sauce to thicken as much as I was expecting. However, the family loved the flavor of the sauce.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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