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Sesame Chicken Recipe

This recipe for Sesame Chicken will have you serving crispy, tender, sesame seed battered chicken nuggets anytime you crave it.

plate of sesame chicken


My mother has made Sesame Chicken for as long as I can remember.  I think she came across this recipe in the 1970’s and for our family is has definitely been a keeper.

While it might not be the same as what you get when you order Chinese takeout, this version still results in dish that is delicious.  My mom always makes a homemade sauce to dip it in.

The accompanying sauce is a unique blend of sour from horseradish sauce and sweet from plum jelly.  It sometimes helps to place those ingredients in a microwave container and “nuke” for 20-30 seconds to get the jelly to liquify a bit before mixing.

My mom would typically serve this dish with a vegetable on the side and rice that had been cooked with a packet of onion soup mix.

How To Make Sesame Chicken

5 from 2 votes

Sesame Chicken, American Style

Sesame Chicken Recipe - crispy sesame seed battered chicken nuggets that are great with or without sauce.

Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, dinner, sesame
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 427 kcal
Author Lynda


  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Greek seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1-2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • oil for frying

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 small jar red plum jelly
  • 1 ½ tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. horseradish
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. mustard


  1. Mix together first 8 ingredients. Place in an airtight container and add desired amount of boneless chicken breast that has been cut into bite size pieces. Marinate several hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oil over medium-high heat for 10 minutes in a large skillet.
  3. Combine flour and sesame seeds. Drain chicken breasts. Dip a few pieces of chicken at a time in the flour mixture.
  4. Deep fry until thoroughly cooked. Salt to taste if desired.

For the Sauce: Mix together all ingredients. Serve over chicken or as a dip.

Nutrition Facts
Sesame Chicken, American Style
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 427 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 2112mg92%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 21g42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This sesame chicken is not spicy on its own, so if you want some heat, you will need to dip it in a sauce.  If you are gluten-sensitive, you could substitute gluten-free rice flour for the (wheat) flour.  If you have any leftovers, they should keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days.  Just reheat them in the microwave.

This dish is great with a side of green beans or broccoli along with some Minute Rice cooked according to directions PLUS a packet of onion soup mix.

Sesame Chicken Recipe - crispy sesame seed battered chicken nuggets that are great with or without sauce.

Curious as to which came first – the chicken or the egg?  Head over to the Smithsonian Magazine and read the article 14 Fun Facts About Chicken and discover the answer to the age-old question.

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Recipe Rating

Marcie W.

Monday 11th of March 2013

I would usually be overwhelmed by the thought of making sesame chicken at home but your recipe doesn't seem as difficult as I would suspect.

April Golightly

Sunday 10th of March 2013

I love sesame chicken and cannot wait to try it.

Anne - Mommy Has to Work

Sunday 10th of March 2013

Yumm, I'm going to have to try this!!

Emily @FamilyNLifeLV

Sunday 10th of March 2013

Yum!I had no idea it was so easy!

Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving

Saturday 9th of March 2013

This looks crazy good.