Honey Sesame Chicken

This Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe will rival your favorite takeout dish! It’s super crispy thanks to frying the chicken twice! The crunchy chicken then get’s tossed in a sweet and tangy honey garlic sauce. You won’t want to eat takeout again after trying this recipe!

If you love making your own takeout food at home, then you’ve got to try my honey garlic chicken stir fry and my Mongolian beef!

Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

I love making take-out dishes at home. From Crispy Asian Chicken Bites to Beef and Broccoli or my popular Fried Rice Recipe! Making these Asian inspired dishes at home is so much better and healthier for you! I love that you can control the sweetness, saltiness and spice level when making it at home!

This honey sesame chicken is sweet, tangy with tons of garlic flavor. If you like it a little spicier (like me) add some crushed red pepper flakes, Sriracha or chili oil before serving!

This honey garlic sesame chicken recipe takes about 40 minutes to put together from start to finish. It’s the perfect meal for a busy weeknight! It’s also super kid friendly.

Ingredients

  • Chicken: Cut into bite-sized cubes. You can also use boneless, skinless thighs (like I did) or boneless skinless chicken breast.
  • Cornstarch and All purpose Flour: I chose to do equal parts of each to keep the breading light and crispy.
  • Cold water: Is added to thin out the batter. It is important to use COLD water when making this batter. Warm or room temperature water will make the batter tougher and not as crisp.
  • Baking Powder: Makes the batter light and airy.
  • Egg White: Is used instead of a whole egg. Egg yolks have more fat in them and don’t get the batter as crispy.
  • Sugar: A touch of granulated sugar adds sweetness and also helps the chicken to caramelize and get a golden brown color.
  • Honey: The majority of this sauce is honey! That’s where it get’s it’s name and it’s sweetness. But don’t worry this honey sesame chicken isn’t that sweet! Balanced with the acidity from the soy sauce it makes the perfect sauce to coat the chicken. This is also the reason why I don’t go too heavy on the sauce. I make just enough sauce to coat the chicken so it’s not too sweet and doesn’t dry out.
  • Sesame Oil: Adds a nice toasted nuttiness to the sauce.
  • Soy sauce: Make sure to use low sodium soy sauce if possible. This keeps the sauce from being too salty. If you don’t have low sodium soy sauce just substitute some of the soy sauce for water.
  • Rice Wine Vinegar: Adds more acidity to balance out the honey and also adds a hint of sweetness.

How Do You Make Honey Sesame Chicken

Add the chicken to a large bowl and pat the chicken dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This helps the batter stay on the chicken!

Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the chicken and toss to combine. Let the chicken marinate while you are making the batter.

In a separate bowl add salt, pepper, sugar, egg white, flour, cornstarch, water and baking powder. Whisk until combined and lump free.

Add in the chicken and toss to coat.

Add 3 inches of oil to a large wide pot or deep saucepan.

Preheat oil to 350 degrees. Fry chicken in batches cooking about 8 or so at a time for 4-5 minutes.

Remove from the oil and transfer to a baking sheet topped with a cooling rack.

Once all of the chicken is cooked fry the chicken again in batches (starting with the 1st batch you fried this will be the coldest) Fry for 3 minutes or until the outside is a nice golden brown. Remove from the oil and place back on the cooling rack.

Why double fry?

The best thing about this honey sesame chicken is that it stays crispy for a while! Typically when you only fry your chicken once the chicken gets soggy and no longer crisp after it cools. Double frying ensures the outside of the batter gets and stays golden brown and crispy! I like to use this method for french fries and fried chicken too!

How to Make Honey Sesame Sauce

Add oil to a large skillet. Add in garlic and cook for one minute. Stir in honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. Cook the sauce over medium high heat until thickened making sure to stir often (the honey can burn). This should take 2-3 minutes.

Keep warm until ready to toss with the chicken. If you want saucier chicken double the sauce recipe. I like to do less sauce so the chicken stays ultra crispy!

tossing the chicken in the honey garlic sesame sauce

Storage Instructions

  • This recipe is served fresh or the day of however you can store any cooled leftover honey sesame chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat leftovers I find they heat up best in the microwave or oven. You may have to add a splash or two of water so the honey does not burn when reheated.
  • I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

Serving Suggestions

honey sesame chicken recipe in skillet with wooden spoon

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Honey Garlic Sesame Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Super Easy Honey Garlic Sesame Chicken. Tender crispy breaded chicken bites tossed in a sweet and spicy honey garlic sauce.

Ingredients

Batter

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • oil for frying

Honey Garlic Sauce

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • sesame seeds for garnish, if desired
  • green onions for garnish, if desired

Instructions

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  • Dry Chicken: Add the chicken to a large bowl and pat the chicken dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. This helps the batter stay on the chicken!
  • Marinate: Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the chicken and toss to combine. Let the chicken marinate while you are making the batter.
  • Make batter: In a separate bowl add salt, pepper, sugar, egg white, flour, cornstarch, cold water and baking powder. Whisk until combined and lump free.
    Add in the chicken and toss to coat.
  • 1st Fry: Add 3 inches of oil to a large wide pot or deep saucepan.
    Preheat oil to 350 degrees. Fry chicken in batches cooking about 8 or so at a time for 4-5 minutes.
  • Cool: Remove from the oil and transfer to a baking sheet topped with a cooling rack.
  • 2nd Fry: Once all of the chicken is cooked fry the chicken again in batches (starting with the 1st batch you fried this will be the coldest) Fry for 3 minutes or until the outside is a nice golden brown. Remove from the oil and place back on the cooling rack.
  • Mix With Sauce: Add the fried chicken to the pan with the reserved honey garlic sauce and toss to coat.
    Serve immediately with sesame seeds and green onions for garnish, if desired.

Honey Garlic Sesame Sauce

  • Add oil to a large skillet. Add in garlic and cook for one minute.
    Stir in honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. Cook the sauce over medium high heat until thickened making sure to stir often (the honey can burn). This should take 2-3 minutes.
    Keep warm until ready to toss with the chicken.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Garlic Sesame Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 664mg29%
Potassium 403mg12%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 28IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Asian Inspired Recipes, Chicken Breast, Easy Dinner Recipe, Honey Garlic Sesame Chicken