Healthier 20 Minute Sesame Chicken

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


20 Minute Healthy Sesame Chicken

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Serves: 4


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into ½ inch strips)
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch each salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or sesame)
  • Cooked white rice for serving
  • Small bunch spring onions (scallions), chopped

  • For the sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (add more for more heat)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)


  1. In a large bowl combine the chicken, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

  2. Heat a large pan to 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.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, sriacha, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and sesame oil. Add the mixture of the chicken and allot sauce to simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce is thick and sticky.

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

Healthier 20 Minute Sesame Chicken

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  • Hil

    This was delicious! My sauce never thickened up so I made a quick slurry to add but the taste is a winner! Definitely adding this to the rotation.

  • Barbara Czaczynski

    Delicious. The cornstarch made the chicken extra tender. Already made this three times. I drizzle a little extra honey for extra sweetness.

  • Barbara Czaczynski

    Delicious. Easy to make. The cornstarch makes the chicken extra tender and juicy.

    Made three times already.

  • Meredith

    I made this tonight. It was quick, delicious and so easy. 3 out of 4 of us loved it. The 4th is 9 and Mr. Bland and boring. So I wasn’t expecting him to like it. Thank you for a great Asian flavor dish to add to my rotation. 🙂

    • Layla

      There’s always a picky eater in every family! I have one of my own and it gets tricky. I’m glad the rest of you enjoyed the recipe, Meredith 🙂

  • Amanda Ayyoub

    The nutritional facts are completely wrong. For example. The corn starch in this recipe alone contain 14g of carbs. This does not include the carbs from the honey (34g) or sesame seeds (4g), which add a significant amount to what you think you’re consuming. And that’s not including the rice that’s served with it. Just for the people out there who are trying to be a little more health-conscious; do your research. 🙂

    • Amanda Ayyoub

      SMH I just noticed that says it’s per serving. I thought that was for all of the ingredients combined. Sorry for the confusion!!! I just made it it was awesome

  • Jamie

    Tried this tonight. Very tasty. My 4yr old son didn’t want the chicken then tried a bite. He said it was the best chicken ever!

  • Marta

    I love this recipe, i made it for my family And they also love it. I have never ate chicken with corn starch and I Think it makes big role in this dish. Thank you so much, It was awesome

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