Healthy Sesame Chicken

Maybe it’s just us, but we could easily eat Chinese (well really any type of Asian food) several times a week. So I was pretty excited to find this recipe for healthy sesame chicken. Between the sesame oil and the sesame seeds, the flavor of sesame really shines beautifully in this dish. It also creates a really nice and sticky sauce and we all know that is the best part of Chinese food. 🙂
We really enjoyed eating something that tasted better than take out, on a weeknight for 250ish calories a serving. I think you will too! Give this a try next time you are craving take out but want to save your wallet and your waistline.

Healthy Sesame Chicken
Barely adapted from here.


1/2 cup unbleached flour or 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into medium sized pieces
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup chopped fresh scallions (both green and white parts)


In a gallon-size plastic bag, combine flour, salt and pepper.
Add chicken, seal bag, and shake well to coat.
Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and warm over medium-high heat.
Add chicken to skillet and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until no longer pink.
Transfer to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium.
Combine soy sauce and sugar in the skillet.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves (about 1-2 minutes max)
Add oil and sesame seeds.
Add chicken and scallions.
Toss and serve immediately (we served ours over brown rice)

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11 Responses to Healthy Sesame Chicken

  1. Maeghan says:

    Yum! We’re the same way, but I always feel bad since it’s on the healthiest. I’ve got this bookmarked!

  2. Nicole, RD says:

    I saw this on Pinterest while still in bed this morning…gotta make it! YUM!

  3. HezziD says:

    This looks delicious and I love that it’s made healthy! So often Asian type foods are loaded up with oils or deep fried.

  4. Jey says:

    Only 250 calories for one of my favorite meals ever?! SO excited to try this!!

  5. Deidre says:

    I made this tonight to rave reviews. This is simple and quick to make and taste wonderful to boot.

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  7. Oh, this looks fabulous! And low cal too? Amazing! I have to make this. I pinned it so I don’t forget! 😀

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  9. Chloe says:

    Amazing! I finally made this last week and we loved it. Thanks for sharing a healthy, not-fried, delicious recipe for sesame chicken!

  10. Tara says:

    This was great and came together so quickly! It has become a weekday favorite for us.