Sesame Garlic Chicken

Sesame Garlic Chicken – tender and delicious chicken, with loads of garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey.

Sesame Garlic Chicken - tender and delicious chicken, with loads of garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey.

Enough with the scones, enough with the magic cakes, it’s time for a nice and good for you chicken recipe. We’re adults after all, so let’s eat like adults. At least on Mondays.

Don’t be sad though because one piece of this sesame garlic chicken will make you forget all about desserts and all about your troubles and will keep you wanting for more. I don’t even know if I can describe how good this chicken is. I’ll try though, because I really really want you to make this.

You know I love my garlic, so I minced 7 whole large garlic cloves in here, even now the house smells like garlic. It’s all good I’m sure the neighbors are jealous and wondering what I’m making. Too late, they can’t come over for chicken, because it’s gone. Besides loads of garlic in this chicken, we have sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, cooking sherry, chicken broth and loads of sesame seeds. I love my sesame oil. There’s something about this oil that makes me so happy. Every time I open the bottle that smell just makes wanna go hmm. This sesame garlic chicken melts in your mouth, it’s tender because it’s baked in that yummy sauce, it’s sweet from the honey, salty from the soy sauce, it’s happiness in your mouth.

This chicken is so easy to make, it’s the perfect chicken for a weeknight dinner served over rice, or lunch with a side salad, or even with some eggs for breakfast.

Sesame Garlic Chicken - tender and delicious chicken, with loads of garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Sesame Garlic Chicken
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Serves: 4
  • 1½ to 2 lbs chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sesame seeds
For sauce
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp cooking sherry
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. In a large oven proof skillet, heat the 1 tbsp olive oil together with the 1 tbsp of sesame oil.
  3. In a large bowl toss the chicken with the flour, salt and pepper. Make sure each piece of chicken is coated with the flour mixture.
  4. Cook the chicken on each side until light and golden, about 2 to 3 min per side.
  5. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the skillet and sprinkle sesame seeds over and stir.
  6. Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve warm over a bed of rice or with a side salad.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 431 Fat: 16.7 g Saturated fat: 2.1 g Carbohydrates: 12.4 g Sugar: 4.5g Sodium: 518mg Protein: 56.7 g Cholesterol: 146 mg

Sesame Garlic Chicken - tender and delicious chicken, with loads of garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey.


  1. Judy says

    Hi Jo, I’m making your recipe soon and just wanted to know should I use toasted sesame oil or plan sesame oil. Thanks for the recipe and help.

    • says

      Hi Judy, do you mean toasting the sesame seeds? You can if you want, gives them a nicer flavor, you can already buy them already toasted.

  2. Jessica says

    We made this tonight and really enjoyed it. Hubby wants to know why we put it in the oven rather than cooking it as a stir fry. Is there a benefit to cooking it in the oven?
    Our other question was what size cubes should the chicken be cut to? We may have cut them a little too small cause some pieces were a littlle overcooked.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • says

      They are about 1 inch in size. No particular reason, I just think if you cook it in the oven the chicken gets to sit in that sauce and so it becomes more flavorful. But I suppose you could do it on the stove top too.

  3. says

    We made this tonight and it was absolutely wonderful. Love, love sesame oil. The only thing I didn’t use was sesame seeds as we didn’t have any and it did not subtract from the flavor. I used brown rice for it and chicken tenderloins. YUMMO JO!

  4. says

    Lots of garlic yea please! Oh and with the addition of sesame oil too, I’m sold. Seriously LOVE the smell of sesame oil – one of the best. Will have to make this later this week!

    • says

      I love the smell of sesame oil too, whenever I use it I just sit there and sniff it for a couple seconds, so good. :) But I seriously love sesame anything.

  5. Judy says

    And mashed potatoes.
    I roasted a very garlicky chicken last week. Ten cloves. I buy them ready peeled in a jar. It was yum.

  6. Elza Bester. says

    Hi Jo, I always find the easiest way to coat the pieces of chicken or any other meat, is to put the flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag, shake it a bit to distribute the salt and pepper, then add the meat and shake again. This way you coat the meat evenly without any clumps.
    I only discovered your site recently through Pinterest and I really like it.
    Kind regards , Elza Bester Cape Town South Africa xxx

  7. says

    Awesome chicken you have here, Jo. I’ll try the recipe this weekend and serve it on lettuce cups with some chopped peanuts and fried vermicelli noodle threads.

    I love visiting your blog and I am never disappointed with all the delicious things you come up with. :)

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