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Healthy Sesame Chicken

This healthy sesame chicken is made by stir frying tender chicken pieces in a sesame sauce and topped with sesame seeds. It’s a quick and easy meal dinner, and this recipe is a healthier version of the takeaway favorite.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken, sesame, stir fry
Servings: 4
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Tonje
Cost: cheap



  • Prepare all the ingredients before you start to stir fry, as the cooking process goes really fast.
  • Dice the chicken fillets into bite sized pieces, and finely grate ginger and garlic.
  • Combine 2 tablespoon sesame oil, cornstarch, soy sauce, rice vinegar and honey in a bowl, and set it aside.
  • Keep in mind that while stir frying you have to keep the food constantly moving in the pan. It literally means stirring while frying! Have all the ingredients prepared next to you before you start heating up the wok.
  • When you have all the ingredients prepared, heat up 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a wok or a large skillet on high heat. When the oil is really hot, add the chicken and stir fry until it is cooked through, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the ginger, garlic and sauce, and stir fry for another minute to allow the sauce to cook through.


Is this recipe allergy friendly? – Consult the nutritional label on your ingredients to ensure that they suit your dietary needs. This recipe is dairy free and egg free.
Is this sesame chicken healthy? – Unlike classic sesame chicken, this version is not deep fried or breaded, and is therefore considered a much healthier version.
Can I add any other ingredients? – Absolutely! If you wish, you can add vegetables such as peppers, broccoli, or bamboo shoots to the stir fry. You can also add other ingredients or seasoning to the sauce.


Leftover sesame chicken can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. The recipe is also suitable for freezing for up to 3 months.

Top tips

  • Cut the chicken in similar sized pieces to allow them to cook evenly. For a tender result, cut the fillets agains the grain.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 639mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg