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Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken

This Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken is seasoned chicken cooked in a skillet with a tangy garlic and honey sauce with sesame seeds and topped with green onions. Better than any Chinese takeout from Asian restaurants. You’ll LOVE this quick and easy lightly pan-fried chicken recipe coated in a thick sweet and tangy sauce. We’re celebrating the Chinese New Year with this easy to make dish.
Sticky Sesame Garlic Chicken

Our family loves chicken as much as we love 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 dishes that are naturally satisfying, enriching and comforting. It’s no wonder why because there are so many sauces that can be made to fit any dish for 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.

Lightly breaded and fried pieces of chicken in a golden orange thickened sauce coating the chicken. Served on a plate with steamed white rice and sprinkled with diced green onions and sesame seeds. 
Text in center in teal border reads sticky garlic sesame chicken. 
Second photo is the same as the first photo but not as close up. Yellow chopsticks stick out of the top of the photo into the plate with rice. Chicken is piled up on center of plate with green onions and sesame seeds. Red and white striped napkin in background.

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.

Garlic Chicken

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 rest for 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.

Sesame Chicken Sauce

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.

A close up photo of the finished dish. Lightly breaded and fried pieces of chicken in a golden orange thickened sauce coating the chicken. Served on a plate with steamed white rice and sprinkled with diced green onions and sesame seeds.

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.

Sesame Garlic Chicken

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.

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!

Best Garlic Sesame Chicken

Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken

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.
4.92 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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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43 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I tried this for the first time last night and it was delicious! I’m definitely going to make this again! One question… the flour mixture says to add red pepper, do you use cayenne pepper or paprika or ???

  2. 5 stars
    I’m making this again tonight for company. It is so easy and delicious. I toasted the sesame seeds in a dry iron skillet first! AMAZING! Thank you for the recipe.

      1. 5 stars
        Love this, made it twice now, second time I used Tapioca flour which was a winner as the sauce stayed nice and glossy! Great dish, so easy served with jasmine rice , sliced snow peas and coriander! Kids said crushed roasted peanuts would be good sprinkled on the top 👍

  3. The recipe says “Combine flour, red pepper, cloves and onion powder in a large zip lock bag”

    What do you mean by “cloves”? I see the garlic cloves are used in the sauce…

  4. 5 stars
    My 19 year old son (the apprentice) and I made this recipe for dinner. We tripled the recipe and modified the sauce only by adding a half teaspoon of ground ginger and a half teaspoon of sesame oil.
    We brined the chicken for an hour in a standard brine that also contained garlic and onion.
    We made a side of stir fried vegetables (only a little sesame oil for seasoning).


  5. 5 stars
    A hit in my house. Easy to make, tastes delicious and not too expensive. A winner. Also added about 1″ piece of ginger to the soy sauce/ honey mixture. So good!

  6. Jessica: Mega-confused by this recipe. “Cloves” in the flour bag — no cloves in ingredients. Rice wine vinegar — where to add in the prep? Would like to give the dish a whirl, but need clearer instructions. Many thanks!

    1. Hi Jim, I’ve update the instructions to include the rice vinegar. The garlic will go in the same bowl as the honey/soy sauce mixture. Sorry for the confusion and I hope you enjoy it!

  7. 5 stars
    Happy Chinese New Year to you too and what a way to celebrate with your Sticky Garlic Sesame Chicken!! We love asian food and have a similar dish to this one regularly! I will try yours next time. YUM!

  8. 5 stars
    This looks amazing! When I first saw the picture I figured the sauce had to complicated with a lot of ingredients, but nope! I have all the ingredients for this one already. I love that you had the patience to get the chicken good and brown, too. I have to remind myself how much extra flavor you get just by giving the chicken TIME! This is a really beautiful dish.

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