Finger lickin’ sesame chicken is sticky, sweet, savory and super easy to make. Forget about take-out because this healthier version is 1000x better than any restaurant sesame chicken and comes together in 20 minutes.20 Minute Healthy Sesame Chicken Last week I shared my favorite beef and broccoli stir-fry recipe. And because you all enjoyed it so much, I thought it’s about time I pull out this finger lickin’ sesame chicken.

This sesame chicken is one of those meals that you can whip up in just about 20 minutes, in on pan, easy clean up. The chicken is cut into small bite size pieces so it cooks super fast and the yummy sesame sauce comes together in under a minute.

All that’s left to do is to coat the chicken pieces in cornstarch and stir fry for 5-6 minutes or until browned. Add the sesame soy, simmer for just a few minutes until the sauce is thick and sticky and that’s it! Serve on white rice or noodles and enjoy this lightened up healthy version of sesame chicken any day of the week. 20 Minute Healthier Sesame Chicken

4.63 from 72 votes

20 Minute Healthy Sesame Chicken

By: Layla
Prep10 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Total20 minutes
Servings 4



  • In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, sriracha, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and sesame oil. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the chicken, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat a large pan over high heat for at least 2 minutes. Add oil and chicken to pan. Stir-fry chicken for 5-6 minutes or until it's golden brown. Add the sauce and allow the sauce to simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce is thick and sticky.

  • Remove chicken from pan, sprinkle with chopped spring onions and more sesame seeds if desired. Serve with hot white rice or noodles.


Calories: 270kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 913mg, Potassium: 466mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 2.3mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 1.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. This was DELICIOUS. I used powdered ginger and garlic because that was what I had in the house and it still turned out wonderful.

  2. This was a really easy recipe and tasted really good. I will definitely be making this again.

  3. Really easy & very tasty. I made double sauce & next time may make even more.

  4. I don’t understand where 270 calories comes from, especially if you include white rice.

    1. I used my fitness pal and it actually comes to 457 Calories. Not sure where the 270 came from. Just try be careful not to mislead people especially if they think they are eating a low calorie meal when they aren’t 🙂

    2. I used extra soy sauce and my calorie count for just the chicken part was about 280 per serving. With rice this would be more, but since the recipe doesn’t specify how much rice it makes sense to not include that calorie count in the nutrition information as it will depend on how much rice someone eats with it.

  5. Is it possible to freeze the raw chicken in this marinade for later use?

  6. Didn’t have a lot of honey or any ginger but it was still delicious. I doubled the recipe because I had almost 2lbs of chicken. Wish there was more sauce to coat the rice though, not sure if adding less corn starch or just tripling the sauce recipe would do that.

  7. This is definitely one of the most easiest yet so tasty and rich-flavored chicken recipe I have cooked so far. The whole family loved it, too. So glad that I got to get all my needed ingredients in Karman Foods, fast and hassle-free.

  8. This is a great recipe, thank you so much it’s impossible to tear yourself away, it’s so tasty and fast.

  9. This recipe was delicious! I am new to cooking & loved how easy it was and my family loved it too!

  10. Made this tonight but doubled the recipe and it was a hit with the whole family!

  11. Huge thumbs up and seal of approval for this dish. Easy and so ridiculously tasty! A winner which I have shared and will be made many more times. Thank you!

  12. It taste good, but I feel like it doesn’t have enough sauce. Maybe it’s something I’m doing because I’ve tried another sesame chicken recipe and it’s also light on the sauce. My final product never looks like the pictures. Any thoughts?

    1. I always double the sauce ingredients because I also mix in stir fried veggies. That helps. And if it tastes delicious don’t worry about how it looks. 🙂

  13. This was by far the easiest and delicious Asian style recipe I’ve come by. I used tofu instead of chicken and it came out delicious! It hardly took 15 minutes to prepare. Thank you!

  14. This looks so good!! Just a question are the nutrition facts provided the chicken and rice or just the chicken? Thanks!!

    1. Considering the macros state 14g of carbs, it’s pretty clear that is without rice/noodles.

  15. Easy to make. Whole family loved it. Win win!! Thanks for the great recipe. I’ll be making it again.

  16. I loved this! I made it for Chinese New Year and loved it, then made it again for my Mom when we wanted some Chinese food (without sesame seeds), and she loved it too! She’s asked for it for Mother’s Day dinner! 🤤😋 Can’t wait to make it again!!

  17. My husband COULD NOT STOP raving about how amazing this was. He loves a saucy Asian chicken dish over rice and this was perfect!