It’s been a while since I made a recipe that has left me speechless and finishing the very last drop in the pan. Well my friends, HONEY SESAME CHICKEN. Add it to your list this week because you’ll be dying to make it again and again and AGAIN. Promise!
It’s actually so simple and takes just 20 minutes. Make a big batch so you can have leftovers for lunch the next day… and by big batch I mean triple what you’d think since you’ll be wanting to finish the whole thing! Completely gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free (and low sugar with only 2 tablespoons of honey in the entire recipe), this recipe is sure to impress any picky eater 😉 Bridger even confirmed it tasted like an *unhealthy* treat. I used arrowroot starch as a thickener for the sauce– it’s a great alternative for those with corn allergies/intolerances, is gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, and easily digested. Feel free to use cornstarch in place of it.
Paired with brown rice and broccolini, you’ll be in heaven with this one! Check below for the easy recipe.
Thanks mom, for the inspo! 😉
20-Min Honey Sesame Chicken
- 2 tbsp avocado or extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
- 3 large organic chicken breasts, trimmed and cubed
- 1/3 cup coconut aminos (soy-free alternative to soy sauce)
- 2 tbsp raw or manuka honey
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp arrowroot starch (or sub cornstarch)
- 1/2 cup chopped green onion
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
In a large bowl, let cubed chicken marinate with 1-2 tbsp oil, salt and pepper until your skillet is ready.
In a large pot or skillet, heat oil until hot, but not smoking. Add diced onion and garlic, and cook until onions are translucent, stirring every few minutes. Add your chicken and spread out evenly so it can brown.
Once almost fully cooked, add your other ingredients: coconut aminos, honey, sesame oil and water, and stir. Separately in a small bowl, add a few tablespoons of water and 1 tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch (to thicken the sauce). Stir until completely dissolved before adding to your skillet. Give everything another good stir and let heat on medium for 5-7 minutes, covered.
Remove from heat, add 1/4 cup chopped green onion and 1 tbsp sesame seeds to skillet and stir. Serve over rice with sauteed broccolini and another sprinkle of green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoy! 🙂
what I used to make this recipe
CAROLINE Bell says
This is so easy and SO good. I cannot believe its healthy. You’ll feel like you’re eating a cheat meal at a Chinese restaurant. I sautéed the brocollini right in with the chicken and sauce once the chicken was cooked through. Rachel is right you should triple this recipe. I doubled it and we want more!
Rachael Devaux says
Best compliment, I’m so happy you loved it!!! 🙂
So good! We felt like we were eating a splurge takeout meal, but without any of the (bad) aftermath of eating out. “This needs to be on monthly rotation!” – my significant other
This recipe is AMAZING…so easy and so good! Made it for a group of 8 people who ALWAYS voice their opinions and there were absolutely no complaints!
Erica S says
This is so good and so fast! Even my kids loved it. Thanks Rachel!
So good! I used tofu instead of chicken and it was delicious! Next time i will cook the tofu first, then add the garlic and onions. I ate this with rice and broccoli and had lunch for the next 3 days too! Thanks Rachael! More recipes like this please 🙂
Michelle Lazoff says
Hey Rachel! I want to make this tonight for my boyfriend. Can you send the measurements if i were to cook this for two people? Would be awesome! thank you!
This was so easy to make and so good! My husband and I loved it! We will definitely be making this again.
Made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! Definitely going to be making it again. I love how quickly it came together!
This has become a staple and even my kids love it! Thanks Rachel!
Just made this tonight for dinner. So good!!!!
Made this for my family last week and didn’t have chicken so I cut up a 1lb pork tenderloin that I had and added some green beans from the freezer. So dang good!!!
So good and so easy to make!
Sounds great! If I were to use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos would I still need 1/3?
Rachael Devaux says
I made this recipe exactly as it was written and think the flavor is off.
You must have possibly done something incorrectly because this is fricken BOMB! Thanks Rachael 🙂
I made this tonight and didn’t have coconut aminos and use soy sauce and it wasn’t goof at all. All you can taste is soy sauce. I think it would need to be less than 1/3 cup
Sarah Peterson says
Hi Rachael! I love this recipe. Would you mind if I shared it with our Nudge audience? Thanks!
Liz David says
SO good!! Recipe is amazing – 2nd time making it this week 🙊 Thanks Rachael!
How many servings is in this recipe?
Made this last night and it was incredible!
I am wondering how many servings it is supposed to be tho?
Rachael Devaux says
I would say 2-4 servings 🙂 I’ll update the recipe– thank you! xx Rachael
Kathy Weber says
WowZA… This was terrific. I am in search of health only meals. I am on a path for following Food Is Medicine. Did the Twix bars… bite size… and full of flavor. So excited they turned out too. A lot of time those flours are crumbly.
Loved! Very impressed. I doubled the sauce and mixed broc in…so good!!
Michelle Kubicki says
Husband thought I got take out! He and i loved it! Amazing recipe and quick! This one will certainly be in rotation for sure!! Thank again! You are amazing!
I love this recipe! I make it almost once a week for my bf and I and we both love it! He typically doesn’t like healthy “tasting” things, but he absolutely loves this recipe and prefers it to general tso’s (partially the taste, partially that he doesn’t feel like sh*t after). I make it exactly as Rachael writes it, and pair with roasted broccoli and organic basmati rice! Usually leaves a little bit of leftovers
Just made this recipe this week and no surprise, it was amaze! Definitely a go to on busy nights, so quick and delicious. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!
Samantha Rheaume says
Made this recipe for my family and I, they are very picky and won’t normally eat something like this and they all loved it! Thank you so much 😍
This was SO GOOOOOD. So easy and man, tasted amazing! I used diced chicken tenders and tamari, left out the garlic and onion because my kids are picky AF. A hit all around! Going in our meal rotation fo’ sho. ❤
This is so good and so easy! We made it with shrimp and it was equally as good as the chicken. Such a fun recipe that can be used with most protein options!
Amy Griffin says
I really wanted to like this and I know there are so many positive reviews but unfortunately, for me, it was like drinking soy sauce straight from the bottle 🤷♀️
Absolutely loved it. Ran out of sesame oil, only got in half what the recipe calls for. Next time I’ll get it right out of curiosity, but it was excellent without the full amount. I’ll play with it because who wants to cocaine more oil than necessary? Also used regular soy sauce, no problem.
Really surprised by the negative reviews, unless you’re not a fan of sesame chicken period. Maybe try it again, is possible you made a mistake along the way?
*consume, not cocaine!
Seriously the best meal. Soooo highly requested by my whole family because of how easy and good it is.
This is a go to recipe for us!! So simple and so delicious. Sometimes I even make a little bit extra sauce because it’s that good
Rachael Devaux says
Ugh, reminding me I need to add it back in our rotation this week 🙂 Thank you! x
I was skeptical that such a simple recipe would be flavorful enough for my family’s preferences, but this turned out great! Very quick and easy, but also tasty and healthy. We’ll add it to our rotation.
This is by far one of my absolute favorite recipes!! It’s so quick/easy and has so much flavor which I love! It’s been one of my go tos for meal prepping during the week – and I love that my fiance (who can be picky) is always asking for me to make this too 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!
Carly Clawson says
Love this recipe! So easy even for someone that doesn’t cook much and so good! Question, I sometimes have trouble finding arrowroot…what happens if made without the arrowroot / corn starch? Thanks!