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crispy sesame chicken

Crispy Sesame Chicken

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Sesame Chicken is a quick and easy tempura-style fried chicken, coated in a sweet and savory, sticky sesame sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: Sesame Chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 512 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


Sesame Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
Tempura Batter:
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 lb chicken thighs boneless and skinless cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • Canola peanut, or vegetable oil for deep frying - about 2 cups


  1. To make the sauce mix all the SAUCE ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix flour and cornstarch in a shallow bowl.
  3. Pat dry the chicken and add the chicken pieces to the flour mixture and toss to coat well.
  4. In a deep skillet or saucepan, heat 3 inches of oil to 350 degrees F, and add the chicken in batches, frying until golden brown. Remove and set aside on a plate or wire rack. I don't recommend using paper towels as usually it softness the coating on the meat.
  5. In a large wok or skillet, over medium-low heat, add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, and once hot add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes, stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Increase heat to medium.
  7. Add the chicken and the prepared SAUCE and toss to coat quickly for the sauce to thicken, cook 2-3 minutes.
  8. Serve with rice, and garnish with red pepper flakes, a bit of green onion, and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts

Crispy Sesame Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 512 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 1299mg56%
Potassium 280mg8%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 126IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.