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Easy Asian Sesame Chicken Fast2eat

Easy Asian Sesame Chicken Fast2eat

This Sesame Chicken is so flavourful and delicious.

Battered chicken coated with sesame sauce. Popular Asian takeout dish made easily at home.

There is an additional step of dipping the chicken in the batter, but it’s totally worth it and rapid. As always, my goal is to make the recipe as easy as possible. Perfect for busy weeknights!


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Easy Asian Sesame Chicken Fast2eat
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
This Sesame Chicken is so flavourful and delicious.
Servings: 4 people
Author: Susana Macedo

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 500 g Chicken - boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast - cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 tbsp Corn starch
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Black pepper - optional to taste
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil - or olive oil

For the sauce:

  • ½ cup Soy sauce - low-sodium
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar - or rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Corn starch
  • 3 tbsp Brown sugar - packed or honey
  • 1 tsp Garlic - minced
  • ¼ tsp Ginger - ground
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ tsp Chicken broth mix
  • 2 tsp Sesame seeds

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
  • Cut chicken (boneless skinless thighs or breasts into bite-size pieces.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together egg, cornstarch, salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken pieces to the batter and stir well to coat.

Frying the chicken in a pan

  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of sesame or olive oil. Place chicken, piece by piece, in a pan and cook on all sides until the batter is golden and slightly brown. To make sure each piece is cooked, it's easier to cook the chicken in two batches, using 1 tablespoon of oil each time.

Frying the chicken using an Air fryer

  • Preheat the Air Fryer to 390°F (200°C) if there is a temperature setting.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper with holes in the Air Fryer basket. This has been my best solution for not having a breaded fried chicken stick to the bottom of the Air Fryer basket.
  • Important: Make sure that you don’t put the parchment paper down without food on top. If there is no food to hold it down, it could fly up into the heating coils and start a fire.
  • Place your floured chicken piece on top of the parchment paper. Make sure the chicken pieces are not overlapping or touching. The more space the better.
  • Close the air fryer drawer and, if there is a temperature setting, set the temperature for 390°F (200°C) and timer for 10-15 minutes.
  • After about 10-15 minutes, open the Air Fryer. Then grab some tongs and flip your chicken. Spray this side of the chicken as well, covering all flour spots. Close your Air Fryer and let it resume cooking. Timing will vary depending on the Air Fryer brand. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your chicken has at least reached a temperature of 165°F (74°C).

Frying the chicken on a baking sheet

  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange coated chicken on the sheet - Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in 375°F (190°C). After about 10-15 minutes, grab some tongs and flip your chicken. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken reaches at least 165°F (74°C).

Add to the sauce:

  • Once the chicken is done, pour the sauce mixture over it and simmer on medium-low heat until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  • Add more sesame seeds to garnish.

Notes

You can also add Asian vegetable mix (available in the frozen section in grocery stores) and noodles and/or cooked rice to the chicken mixture in the pan. Heat everything and serve!
You can, of course, use boneless skinless chicken breast; however, most Sesame Chicken recipes use chicken thighs. They have more flavour because it’s dark meat. It also makes this dish very budget-friendly.
Sesame chicken sauce is very similar to Teriyaki Sauce but with more sesame flavour and more vinegar. It’s less sweet and sourer with a delicious nutty flavour. All thanks to the sesame oil. A very potent and popular ingredient in Asian cooking. You only need 1 teaspoon of it to add a rich nutty flavour to the sauce. You can adjust the sauce to your taste and add more brown sugar or honey. Don’t forget to add the sesame seeds. I prefer toasted.
The sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you are ready to use it, OR you can make a larger batch, simmer in a saucepan until thickened and store in a jar with a lid. Use in any Asian dishes.
If you like it spicy, add 2 teaspoons of sweet chilli sauce to the sauce ingredients before adding to chicken. Add crushed red peppers if you like even more heat.
To cut down on calories, skip the cornstarch coating for chicken and brown chicken pieces in olive oil in a pan. Add sauce and simmer until thickened.
How to Keep Your Cutting Board from Slipping?
A cutting board that slips around as you chop is risky business.
The easiest way to keep your board stable is to grab a paper towel or a damp Kitchen Towel (thin cotton), or a piece of the non-slip mat or sponge cloth.
Wet it and wring it out as much water as possible, so it's just damp, then lay it out flat on your counter under your cutting board to create traction between the board and the counter.
It acts as a grip, preventing your board from moving around.

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Course : Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine : Asian
Keyword : air fryer, Bake, Chicken, dairy-free, Easy, Easy Asian Sesame Chicken, easy-to-prepare, fried, Gluten-free, Low carb, Oven-Baked, Sesame, Sesame Chicken

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 2033mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
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