Sesame Chicken Recipe – crispy sesame seed battered chicken nuggets that are great with or without sauce.
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.
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
Sesame Chicken, American Style
- 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
- 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.
- Preheat oil over medium-high heat for 10 minutes in a large skillet.
- Combine flour and sesame seeds. Drain chicken breasts. Dip a few pieces of chicken at a time in the flour mixture.
- Deep fry until thoroughly cooked. Salt to taste if desired.
For the Sauce: Mix together all ingredients. Serve over chicken or as a dip.
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 a 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.
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.