This easy sesame chicken tastes just like, if not better than takeout! The chicken is crispy and the sauce is sweet with a slight tang. It’s actually very easy to make and takes only 30 minutes! Now you can make one of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes right in your home kitchen.
Are you team sesame chicken or team General Tso’s chicken? Kyong absolutely LOVES sesame chicken. His favorite way to enjoy it is mixing a bite of sesame chicken with some fried rice for a savory sweet combo. It’s pretty darn good.
So if you’re looking for a solid but easy sesame chicken recipe, ours will guide you to make this popular Chinese takeout dish at home with ease. Chicken thigh pieces are lightly battered and deep fried so the sesame chicken is extra crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside.
For the chicken:
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs – Chicken thighs will always give you the juiciest and most flavorful chicken dishes.
Water – Water is mixed with the chicken so that the chicken pieces stays extra juicy even after frying.
Baking soda – Only a small amount of baking soda is needed. This is to slightly tenderize the chicken and help the chicken absorb and retain moisture better.
Salt – For marinating/ seasoning the chicken. We used kosher salt, but you can use fine salt as well. Just use a little less if using fine salt.
Egg – This makes up part of the batter for the chicken. Not only will bind the batter, it also makes the fried batter taste better and give it a nice color.
Cornstarch – This will make the chicken extra crispy. Plus, the fried chicken pieces will be gluten free! If you are allergic to cornstarch you can substitute with potato starch.
Oil – Just a small amount of oil is needed. This is to help separate the chicken pieces and create a thin layer of protection to prevent your fried chicken pieces from being greasy.
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