Healthy Sesame Chicken is a delicious, healthy dinner! Packed with protein, low in carbs, and gluten free – it’s simple to make & better than takeout!
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If you like sesame chicken – you have to try this Healthy Sesame Chicken! It’s so easy to make and it’s delicious.
This Healthy Sesame Chicken recipe only takes 25 minutes from start to finish.. and you know that you’d be waiting that long for delivery anyways!
What Makes This Healthy Sesame Chicken?
- Cooked on a stovetop vs being fried: Sesame chicken is usually fried. We cook the chicken over the stove which helps to make this lower in fat and carbs.
- Not super high in sodium: Most sesame chicken recipes are made with a lot of salt or coated in
- Simple Ingredients: This recipe is made with simple, wholesome ingredients you can feel good about eating and find at pretty much any store.
Important Note: This is not an authentic sesame chicken recipe. My goal is always to share recipes that are a bit healthier and made with affordable, accessible ingredients so everyone can enjoy them regardless of their food allergies or dietary restrictions. If you’re looking for an authentic sesame chicken recipe check out this Sesame Chicken Recipe
Healthy Sesame Chicken Recipe Ingredients
There are only a few ingredients in the sauce/this dish, and it only needs about 25 minutes to come together over the stove in total.
To make this recipe you’ll need:
- chicken breasts
- ground ginger
- lime zest
- rice wine vinegar
- toasted sesame oil
- sesame seeds
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.
Even though the ingredients are minimal, the sauce is still that delish, thick, sticky sauce that you know and love from your favorite takeout place.. but it has super clean + delicious ingredients!
How to Make Sesame Chicken
Making healthy sesame chicken is super easy!
- Get all your ingredients out and whisk together your marinade.
- Brown the chicken and set it aside.
- Add your marinade to the same pan and bring to high heat.
- Cook until sauce is thickened and pulls away from the pan.
- Add chicken back to the pan, toss in sauce + serve with green beans/rice!
Time Saving Tips for Homemade Sesame Chicken
- Have everything on the counter -This will make it super simple to grab everything you need while you’re cooking.
- Get Village Harvest’s Organic Jasmine Rice. It’s ready in 90 seconds! All you have to do is tear the bag open and microwave.. doesn’t get much simpler than that!
- I love their rice because it only has 3 ingredients: water, rice + rice bran oil, AND it’s organic, non-gmo, and free of allergens which makes it the perfect pantry staple!
- Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce + put everything away while the chicken cooks.
I think you’re going to love this easy meal, and I know it’s going to make you think twice about calling your favorite takeout place on Friday night when you’re tired and don’t feel like cooking! Here’s the recipe.
Sesame Seed Chicken FAQ
You can make sesame chicken without soy sauce. Use a soy sauce substitute like liquid aminos or cooonut aminos!
Sesame chicken is very different from General Tso. The main difference is that General Tso chicken is tossed in a chili based sauce, while sesame chicken is
Sesame chicken sauce is usually made of toasted sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce and a little bit of sweetener
Substitutions for Sesame Seed Chicken
This recipe is pretty versatile. Here are a few ways you can customize it!
Chicken: You can sub chicken breasts with boneless chicken thighs or chicken tender.
Rice: You can serve this over any type of cooked rice or grain. Quinoa is great with this or you can do cauliflower rice. This would go great with our Fried Cauliflower Rice!
Green Beans: You can sub in green beans with broccoli or any other veggies you like.
Toasted Sesame Oil: This is essential to the recipe. It adds that rich sesame flavor!
Fresh Ginger: If you want to use fresh ginger you can use 1 teaspoon, grated.
Paleo: to make paleo sub rice for cauliflower rice. We love our cauliflower fried rice!
Storing & Serving Healthy Sesame Chicken
Storing: I keep this healthy sesame chicken in the refrigerator for up to 4 days
Reheating: You can reheat this healthy sesame chicken in a pan or in the microwave.
Freezing: We have not tried freezing this healthy sesame chicken but I think it would work!
Other delicious healthy takeout recipes:
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Healthy Sesame Chicken
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 cup cooked white rice
- 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
- 2 cups green beans
For the Sauce:
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon lime zest (zest of one lime)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice (juice of one lime)
- 1 tablespoons sesame seeds for garnish
- In a pan, heat toasted avocado oil. Sauté chicken until browned on all sides, approximately 10-15 minutes.
- While chicken is cooking, whisk together the sauce.
- Once chicken is cooked, remove from the pan + set aside. Pour sauce mixture into the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until it starts to bubble, stirring consistently. The will thicken quickly, but be careful to watch that it doesn’t burn.
- While sauce is thickening, steam green beans per direction on package.
- Add cooked chicken back into the pan and coat in sauce. Place Village Harvest Organic Jasmine Rice in microwave + cook per directions.
- Serve over Village Harvest Organic Jasmine Rice and green beans + enjoy!
- Chicken – You can sub chicken breasts with chicken thighs.
- Avocado Oil – If you don’t have avocado oil you can use olive oil or refined coconut oil
- Green Beans– You can sub in green beans with broccoli or any other veggies you like
- Coconut Aminos – If you don’t have coconut aminos you can use low sodium soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.
- Fresh Ginger – If you don’t have fresh ginger you can use 1/2 teaspoon of dried ground ginger.