What is Honey Sesame Chicken?
This Honey Sesame Chicken recipe was one of my favorite Chinese restaurant dishes when we lived in Canada. It’s a common dish at the Chinese buffet restaurants, sometimes called Sesame Chicken, which is one of my guilty pleasures. Sweet, sticky and savory chicken thighs, tossed in a honey sauce, garnished in sesame seeds. I’m drooling just writing about it. Homemade version is better than and healthier than takeout!
The Asian restaurants in Australia have different types of Western Chinese foods than North America. I miss eating this Sesame Chicken recipe, the Aussies really need to discover this delicious Chinese American dish!
How to make Sesame Chicken
This recipe is a basic Chinese fried battered meat recipe, tossed in a sauce. The longest part of this recipe is frying the meat in batches. Depending on how many pieces you fry, determines how many batches are required to get through the battered chicken. You don’t need a deep fryer, I always use a wok, but a saucepan will work too. You can substitute chicken breast instead of chicken thighs, but the thighs are juicier and more flavorful.
I suggest that the rice should be cooked and ready, before you toss the chicken in the honey mixture. It goes very quickly from this point, and you will be ready to eat very quickly. The longer the chicken is in the sauce, the soggier it gets. So be quick, toss and serve over the rice.
There are probably a few more authentic ingredients in this recipe than others you may find. Shaoxing Cooking Wine is a Chinese Rice Cooking Wine which is used in traditional Chinese cooking. It adds a great authentic flavor, don’t skip this ingredient!
The other ingredient sometimes missing in Sesame Chicken is garlic! Everything tastes better with fried garlic, the Chinese knew this for centuries. These few ingredients make the difference when making this tasty recipe.
A Honey Sesame Chicken recipe that’s very delicious and easy to make. You don’t need Chinese takeout, this homemade recipe is healthier and without msg! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Sesame Chicken Recipe
Homemade Honey Sesame Chicken, Who needs takeout when homemade tastes beter! Step by step recipe for a sweet and sticky family dinner favourite. Boneless Chicken, honey, garlic, soy and sesame, served over rice.
Honey Sesame Chicken
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cups water
- 500 grams boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into ¾-inch cubes
- vegetable oil for frying
Honey Sesame Sauce
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon shoaxing wine Chinese cooking wine
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water separately
- 2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds
- green onion to garnish
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, egg, salt and water until the lumps are gone. Add the chicken to the batter, mixing together so all the pieces are coated. Leave the chicken in the batter until you are ready to fry.
In a wok or saucepan, add enough oil to fry. Should be at least 2 inches deep. Heat oil until hot. Slowly add the battered chicken, one piece at a time, to the hot wok and fry in batches. Don't allow the pieces to stick together while frying. Constantly turn the chicken with a slottled spoon or scoop, and fry until it turns golden brown. Remove from wok onto a paper towel lined plate. Repeat the process until the chicken is all cooked.
In a bowl, mix together the honey, shoaxing wine, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and water. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water until it's a slurry. Set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok and quickly fry the chopped garlic, no more than 30 seconds. Add the honey sauce and heat until it bubbles. Add the cornstarch slurry and cook it for about 1-2 minutes, until it thickens
Add the fried chicken pieces to the honey sauce and toss until fully coated. Serve immediately over rice. Sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions.