Better Than Take Out Sesame Chicken

Chinese take out is a weakness for our entire family, it’s the best. It gets so pricey though, we spend a small fortune every time we order take out. It could be because we can’t resist ordering extra egg rolls, then there’s the days you want crab rangoon, and the major splurge days when you need fried donuts. We’re foodies and it’s costly.

I normally avoid making Asian style dishes for fear that I won’t do them justice, but I went out of my comfort zone and whipped up an Asian style sesame chicken sauce.

Of course you need something amazing to soak up the sauce so I took some skin-on chicken breast cut into bite sized chunks, coated them in a simple and savory batter, and fried them in olive oil. Keeping the skin on the chicken was definitely the best move, it was so flavorful.

Better than take out Sesame Chicken. #RealFood

When you add the sauce you have pure bliss, I even (very accurately) described this dish as a “foodgasm” on Instagram. I can’t even describe just how delicious this meal was. I think I could eat this everyday and be happy. We might even end up deleting the local Chinese take out’s phone number out of our phones (told you, we’re foodies.)

Better than take out Sesame Chicken. #RealFood

I loved that this was an Asian style dish that I was comfortable feeding Aliceana, normally the sauces are too spicy for her. This sauce has just enough spice to add flavor while still being kid-friendly.

You can substitute soy sauce instead of using raw coconut aminos, but you might want to use a little less. Personally, I wouldn’t change this recipe and it’s way healthier with the raw coconut aminos which you can find at your local health food store or here’s an Amazon affiliate link:
Raw Coconut Aminos 

Better than take out Sesame Chicken. #RealFood

Here’s the recipe, you’ll thank me later. I promise!

Sesame Chicken


4 servings


  • 3-4 skin on chicken breasts
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon hot paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼-½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds.

  • (Sauce ingredients)
  • cup honey
  • 4 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons raw coconut aminos
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a sauce pot, mix well on medium heat. Once mixture is well combined, reduce heat to low.
  2. In a medium sized bowl; combine flour with 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon sea salt, ½ teaspoon hot paprika, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.
  3. Cut chicken breast into bite sized chunks.
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet on the stovetop using medium heat.
  5. Dredge chicken in beaten egg, then in flour mixture.
  6. Place battered chicken in hot oil, cook for 2 1/2 minutes. Flip and repeat. Both sides should be golden brown.
  7. Place hot chicken on a serving dish, pour sauce on top, stir until coated.
  8. Top with green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve on a bed of rice.

What do you order when you get Chinese take out?

Written by, Brittany, the geek behind the blog. I share lots of recipes, my thoughts on the latest tech gadgets, my favorite geeky games, and snippets of life as a Work-at-home mom.
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  • Eat.Style.Play

    Making Takeout at home is always a win to me. You know what’s in it, you know what part of meat it is. I’ve had days where I’ve questioned what kind haha. Maybe that’s just me, but I’ve made take out Teriyaki Chicken and it was the best, I think i made it like 3 times in a month! So good and yummy! I’ll be saving this to me list.


    • Brittany Belling

      Thank you! I definitely agree with not having mystery meat at home, we’re so much more conscious of the selection of meat we choose for each meal and it makes such a difference in quality of the whole meal.

      Teriyaki Chicken sounds wonderful as well! Isn’t it great to have go-to recipes like that in your arsenal? haha

  • Kim Porter

    That chicken looks amazing!

  • Karolyn Kostlivy

    Why can’t I see the recipe?

    • Brittany Belling

      Sorry, I was having issues with the recipe plug in. It’s all fixed now!

  • Miss Steph

    We are the same way with take out! Can’t wait to try this one out at home :)

  • CJ Huang

    Sesame Chicken’s definitely my favorite! In fact, I usually judge a place by their Sesame Chicken. I have a recipe I usually use, but I’m interested in trying yours as well :) I hope you can stop on by and share this or any other recipe with us on Five Friday Finds!