Chinese Sesame Chicken With Garlic and Chili Paste Recipe

Sesame chicken with broccoli on square plate on red table
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    45 mins
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Sesame chicken is a very popular restaurant dish. The sauce recipe was posted by Reykjaviky. (Guide notes: You may want to increase the vinegar or lower the amount of sugar. It all depends on how sweet you want the sauce).

What You'll Need

  • 3 whole boneless chicken breasts
  • Marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine or dry sherry
  • a few drops of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • Sauce for Sesame Chicken:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/8 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 TB dark soy sauce
  • 2 TB sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chili paste, or more if desired
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • Other:
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (see recipe directions for link to how to toast)
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups peanut oil for deep-frying

How to Make It

  1. Directions for Sesame Chicken: Toast the sesame seeds and set aside.
  2. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Mix the marinade ingredients together and marinate the chicken for 20 minutes. 
  3. To prepare the sauce: mix all of the sauce ingredients.  Pour them into a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Turn the heat down to low and keep warm while you are deep-frying the chicken. 
  4. To deep-fry the chicken: add the marinated chicken pieces a few at a time, and deep-fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remainder of the chicken. 
  1. Just before you are finished deep-frying, bring the sauce back up to a boil. 
  2. Place the chicken on a large platter and pour the sauce over.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve the Sesame Chicken with rice.