First Published: August 16,2010… Last Updated: April 30, 2020
This Honey Sesame Chicken recipe is made of bite sized pieces of battered and fried chicken that is coated in a sweet Asian sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. This better than take out Chinese food recipe is super easy to make and delicious!
When the urge for Chinese take out hits, I always pull up of my recipes that I call “better than take out” to make. This Honey Sesame Chicken is one, as well as Crispy General Tso’s Tofu! We have discovered that the homemade version of Chinese takeout is the best version!
Saving money by cooking at home
Take out has become something of a normal for our day and age. However, it is not always budge friendly. We have been craving Asian flavors lately. And, since we really can’t afford to buy takeout too often, I decided it was time to make my own take out versions.
This Honey Sesame Chicken sounded like something that Grumpy would eat at home. So, finally, this week I made sure to have all the ingredients I needed to make it!
My family loved this meal very much. I made Veal Egg Rolls and Fried Rice to go with it! This is a keeper as it is variety and even Grumpy liked it!
What you need to make Honey Sesame Chicken
Most of these ingredients you probably already have in your home, and they are not hard to come by. Note that not sticking to the ingredients for this Honey Sesame Chicken recipe will result in a possible recipe fail.
Chicken Thighs or Breasts: whichever cut of meat you prefer.
Oyster Sauce: No substitutions recommended, other than making your own. If you cannot use Oyster Sauce due to fish allergies, I just recommend leaving it out without a substitution.
Tips for making this Honey Sesame Chicken recipe
Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. This will allow the chicken to cook quickly.
Use a candy thermometer to keep track of the oil temperature. It should not go higher than 350. If it drops lower than 350, allow the oil to reheat to 350 before resuming frying the chicken.
Do not skip marinating the chicken pieces. This imparts the flavor you want and will help tenderize it.
The flour and cornstarch will cling to the outside of the chicken, giving it a light breading when fried. I do not recommend skipping the cornstarch. This is what helps the honey sesame chicken coating stay crispy.
Substitutions you can make for ingredients
Coconut Aminos can be substituted for soy sauce
Seasoned rice vinegar can be substituted for cooking wine
I encourage you to use the sesame oil if you can. It has a distinct nutty flavor. However, if you cannot use sesame oil, you can replace it with olive oil
Cornstarch gives a little crispiness to the batter that fries around the chicken pieces. I don’t recommend substituting, however if you must, try arrowroot or increase the flour by 1 tablespoon
If you don’t want to use the sweet chili sauce, this Chili Garlic Sauce can be used. I suggest using 1/2 tablespoon to start as it is pure chilis and more concentrated than the sweet chili sauce.
If you must substitute the oyster sauce, just use additional soy sauce and add a couple drops of Worcestershire sauce in it.
Maple syrup can be substituted for the honey.
I do NOT recommend you make all these substitutions at once. I would only go with one or two if needed. Doing so can be the cause of a recipe fail.
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Honey Sesame Chicken
Pieces of breaded deep fried chicken coated with a honey sesame sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Marinate chicken in soy sauce, wine, sesame oil and sugar for about an hour.
Mix flour and cornstarch and place in a large ziploc bag. Drain chicken and add to flour mixture. Shake gently to coat.
Place oil in a deep frying pot and heat to 350 degrees. Gently place the chicken into the hot oil and fry until the chicken is cooked through and the batter is golden brown. Drain the chicken pieces on paper towels.
In a small bowl, mix the sweet chili sauce, ketchup, honey, oyster sauce, soy, sauce and water in a medium sauce pan.
Bring to a boil then simmer until sauce begins to thicken.
Toss sauce with chicken pieces, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions (if using).
This Honey Sesame Chicken is crispy pieces of chicken coated in a sweet and savory asian sauce.
Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.
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