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Sesame Chicken Recipe

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

Sesame chicken draining on a paper towel.

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

While it might not be the same as what you get when you order Chinese takeout, this version still results in a delicious dish. 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 along with rice that had been cooked with a packet of onion soup mix.

Chicken Ingredients

There are two components to this dish – the tender fried chicken nuggets and a special dipping sauce. To make them, you need the following ingredients:

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

Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 small jar of red plum jelly
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons horseradish
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons mustard

How To Make Sesame Chicken

To make the chicken, mix the first 8 ingredients. (That’s everything from the buttermilk to the paprika.) Place the buttermilk mixture in an airtight container and add the desired amount of boneless chicken breasts that have been cut into bite-size pieces. Marinate for several hours or overnight.

Preheat oil over medium-high heat for 10 minutes in a large skillet.

Combine flour and sesame seeds. Drain the chicken breasts. Dip a few pieces of chicken at a time in the flour mixture and then deep fry until thoroughly cooked. Remove from the oil and place on a plate that has been lined with a paper towel. Salt to taste.

Small batch of fried sesame chicken nuggets.

For the sauce, mix all ingredients. Serve over the chicken or use as a dip

Sesame Chicken, American Style

Sesame Chicken Recipe – crispy sesame seed battered chicken nuggets that are great with or without sauce.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 26 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 427kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon 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 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons horseradish
  • 1 ½ tablespoons mustard

Instructions

  • Mix together first 8 ingredients. Place in an airtight container and add desired amount of boneless chicken breasts that have 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. Remove from oil and place on a plate that has been lined with a paper towel. Salt to taste if desired.

Sauce

  • Mix together all ingredients. Serve over chicken or as a dip.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 2112mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g
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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 be fine in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

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 nuggets in a bowl.

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What’s your favorite dipping sauce?

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27 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I had this and I cant wait to have it again. I was so impressed with the flavor and the texture. You can combine with other sauces. Yummy

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