Chinese Restaurant-Style Sesame Chicken


"Have you been slaving over a hot stove, trying time and again to get that restaurant-style magic infused into your sesame chicken recipe? Slave no more! The magic is here! Say 'open sesame', and it shall be done. Your wish is our command. Now enjoy!"


servings 352 cals
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Original recipe yields 2 servings



  • Calories:
  • 352 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.3g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 43.8 g
  • 88%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 99 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium:
  • 619 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut chicken into about 1 inch X 2 inch pieces.
  2. In a large nonporous glass dish or bowl, combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, sherry, ginger and five spice powder. Mix together. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat. Cover dish and refrigerate for 20 minutes, turning once, to marinate. After 20 minutes, drain chicken, reserving marinade. Boil reserved marinade in a small saucepan for 5 minutes to remove risk of bacteria.
  3. Meanwhile, spread sesame seeds out evenly on an aluminum foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven, to toast, for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.
  4. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. In a shallow dish or bowl combine flour and salt and pepper to taste. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour, shaking off any excess. Brown chicken pieces in oil for about 1 minute each side. Spoon boiled marinade over chicken, reduce heat and saute all together for 1 more minute or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside.
  5. Remove chicken pieces from heat and roll in toasted sesame seeds. Rinse and dry lettuce leaves; line serving platter with leaves and spoon chicken on top. Garnish with tomato wedges and serve.


  • Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.
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  1. 41 Ratings


This recipe was my worst cooking experience ever. The flavor was horrifying after a messy and time consuming preparation. I would not recommend this recipe to anyone with functioning taste buds.

My daughter spent a lot of time and money preparing this dish for a family gathering. What a humiliating experience it turned out to be for her! All the guests were aghast upon tasting this di...

I love Sesame Chicken but this recipe was not to my taste at all

I bought the ingredients before reading the reviews for this recipe. I decided to make it anyway but I made a few changes. First of all I omitted the maple syrup and the 5 spice powder. I added ...

If I could give this recipe zero or below on this farse of a scale I would. It is truly stomach wrenching.

I strictly followed the recipe instructions and do not believe this recipe is correct. The sauce ingredients don't make up enough to marinate and recoat the chicken, plus, when you boil the sauc...

This wasn't like the sesame chicken I've ever had. The spices were too strong. I won't make this again.

Not like any sesame chicken in any restaurant I've been to (as claimed by author), and I've been to many. Closer to a General Tso's chicken. I think the key may be in the maple syrup. It prob...

I was so disappointed by this recipe! My husband wouldn't even touch it. I could kick myself for not reading the reviews first before spending the money to try this recipe out!