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Our family loves chicken as much as welove Asian inspired recipes that pack a lot of flavors. Often times, we love to cook chicken with a delicious sauce and this Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken hits the spot everytime. Weeknight dinners can be hectic, but I promise that this dish won’t disappoint.It’s quick to make and easy to prepare with just a few ingredients at home.

There is something about Asian inspired dishesthat are naturally satisfying, enriching and comforting. It’s no wonder why because there are so many sauces that can be made to fit any dishfor versatility.

I’ve been using soy sauce to flavor dishes for years.In fact, our family loves to marinate meat with Kikkoman Soy Sauce because it’s a natural browning sauce and a flavor enhancer for a variety of meats like chicken, beef, fish, and seafood. We love to use it with steak to give it an extra kick and this chicken is no different. Soy sauce is a versatile ingredient that can be used to cook many different types of cuisines. I like to make Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken a few times a month as it’s just the perfect dish to prepare for the family.

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Garlic Sesame Chicken Ingredients

■ CHICKEN: I like to use chicken breasts in this recipe. Cut the chicken into cubes/pieces then toss them in the seasoned flour coating.

■ SOY SAUCE: I like to use Kikkoman soy sauce. The soy sauce is typical in Asian recipes and turns ordinary chicken into a totally cravable recipe.

■ GARLIC: You’ll want to be sure to add plenty of garlic as it makes the dish pop with robust flavor.

■ HONEY: Sweetens the sauce perfectly with the soy sauce.

■ SESAME: Both sesame seeds and sesame oil add a ton of flavor to this classic dish.

■ SEASONING: Onion, pepper, rice vinegar, and green onions.

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How to Make Garlic Sesame Chicken

  1. Cut chicken breasts into cubes.
  2. Toss chicken into a bag with seasoned flour mixture.
  3. Make the garlic sesame sauce.
  4. Lightly pan fry the pieces of chicken.
  5. Pour in Asian sauce.
  6. Cook and reduce sauce until thickened.
  7. Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
  8. Serve with green onions, sesame seeds, and steamed rice.

To make this dish, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces. Next, add the flour, pepper, red pepper and onion seasoning to large ziplock bag. Add the chicken and shake it around. Add it to the skillet and allow it to brown for about 10 minutes, flipping it half way through cooking.

Make sure to get a nice brown coat on it before flipping as this will make it more crispy. Meanwhile, cook rice according to box directions. Add Kikkoman Soy Sauce and honey to small bowl. Grate garlic and add to sauce. Mix everything well. Add it to the chicken once it’s done browning on both sides. Turn heat to low and cook on each side about 5 minutes, making sure to coat the chicken well. The sauce will become thicker the more it cooks. Make sure not to heat it too high, as the sugar may start to burn.

After cooking for 10 minutes, allow chicken to restfor 5 minute, coating it half way through. Once done and mixture has gotten thicker, dish up the rice and add the chicken to the top. Add sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about the Chinese New Years, especially since New Orleans celebrates the occasion. My friends have told me that it’s a must to visit Yonghe Temple and burn incense sticks then make a wish for the family.

Equally important is having dinner with family. Even better, it’s important to make dumplings with company. Use things like nuts, peanuts, candy in a few dumplings as it’s a tradition and is thought to bring good luck. Have someone read you your zodiac sign as they can have different meanings.Find out if the new year will bring you good luck or not.

As always, celebrate the new year with fireworks with family and friends. Most cities celebrate the Chinese New Year with at least a parade. Make sure to watch it with others as the community is very proud of the culture and puts a lot of time into this unique parade. As the story goes, they say to put money under your pillow after the fireworks to keep away the monsters.

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Chinese New Year Party Ideas

Our family loves to head to a local party store to pick up Chinese New Year items like fans, costumes, chopsticks and what not. Pick up a few red fans and other items to ring in the new year. Just be sure to pick up items to match the zodiac sign of that year.

One of the easiest ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year is to get involved with traditions. A lot of these traditions come from my friends living in Asia. When they visit here, we always make sure to attend a parade and eat traditional food. Even Asian inspired food is a great way to celebrate the day.

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Can I double the sauce? You can, try the recipe first without doubling the sauce. Next time, double the sauce if needed.

Is this like Panda Express fried chicken recipes? It’s way better than ANY Asian takeout, period. The chicken is lightly pan-fried. The chicken is lightly dry breaded in a seasoned flour mixture then pan-fried in a little oil.

Sauce is not thickening, what can I do? Turn the heat up to crystalize the sugar in the sauce. Cook for a few more minutes then take it off the heat and let it sit for a few

Do you have more recipes using the same garlic sesame sauce as this one? Love this Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken? Try these Slow Cooker Sticky Garlic Sesame Meatballs next! For more garlic sesame recipes using this same delicious sauce, try these recipes. Here are a few more recipes.

  • Garlic Sesame Chicken Lettuce Cups
  • Garlic Sesame Chicken Egg Roll Bowls
  • Garlic Sesame Chicken Zucchini Boats

Want to make more or fewer servings? Hover over the serving size and choose how many servings you’d like to make. The recipe will update the correct measurements, however, the nutritional facts are based on the full servings that I’ve stated!

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Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken

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Seasoned chicken cooked in a skillet with a tangy garlic and honey sauce with sesame seeds and topped with green onions. Served with rice for the perfect meal. We’re celebrating the Chinese New Year with this easy to make dish.

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 25 minutes mins

Course Main Course

Cuisine Asian

Servings 3 servings

Calories 128 kcal


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • tsp red pepper
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy Sauce
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • cups rice


  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.

  • Combine flour, red pepper, and onion powder in a large ziplock bag and shake. Add chicken pieces. Shake bag to coat everything well. Carefully place coated chicken pieces in skillet to start to brown.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, rice vinegar, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and Kikkoman Soy Sauce.

  • After 5 minutes, flip chicken and brown the other side. Once chicken has a nice brown on both sides, add sauce mix and reduce heat to low.

  • Allow to heat for about 10 minutes, flipping once.

  • Make rice according to package directions.

  • After 10 minutes, turn stove top off and allow chicken to sit for at least 5 minutes.

  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds then chop up green onions and place over the top. Serve with rice.


Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 44mgVitamin A: 185IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.7mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate and it’s accuracy is not guaranteed to be exact.

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45 Responses

  1. Love these flavors! I would cut back on the honey a little – that’s just me. But wow!


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. It warms my heart to see someone trying several different recipes of mine and enjoying them. I hope you continue to enjoy our recipes.


  2. Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken | Swanky Recipes (10)
    Excellent recipe, great taste, easy and easy on the pocket book. I added about 1/2 to 1 tbsp of grated ginger and about 1 tbsp of Chinkiang vinegar as well as the rice vinegar. Very tasty, thank you. Will definitely make again.


    1. So glad you enjoyed it! I love the addition of grated ginger. I will have to try it myself =)


  3. Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken | Swanky Recipes (11)
    I have never commented on a dish I found, but this was so good. I changed it around just a little. I used sesame oil because the sesame seeds I had just bought were stale. I’m glad I smelled them first. I added just a teaspoon of sweet chili sauce and it gave the dish a kick. I will be making this dish again..


    1. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it. I do hope you will be back to try some of my other recipes.


  4. Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken | Swanky Recipes (12)
    This meal is so delicious! The whole family really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. The Kikkoman Asian sauce definitely gives the twist, glad I found one in an Asian online market – Karman Foods.


  5. Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken | Swanky Recipes (13)
    Made this with a vegan twist, switched out the chicken with tofu and the honey with maple syrup! It was delicious, will definitely be making this again:))


  6. Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken | Swanky Recipes (14)
    So delicious 😋 My whole family devoured the entire meal. I served it with rice and broccoli.


  7. Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken | Swanky Recipes (15)
    I normally don’t leave comments about recipes, but this is definitely an exception!! I love this dish!! Easy to make and absolutely delicious!!! This will be made again and again!! 😁❤️😁


    1. It is truly a staple in our home. Too easy and delicious not to make. Glad you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have!


  8. Wonderful recipe! Thank you! Question for you that has nothing to do with the dish, but your dishes! 🙂 What kind of white dishes are used in the picture? Love them!


    1. Pioneer Woman plates!


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