Sesame chicken was one of the top dishes at my parents restaurant alongside other Chinese classics like General Tso's chicken, lemon chicken and orange chicken. It has a nutty sesame aroma, sticky sauce and crunchy chicken that all go together nicely.
Today, we're finally sharing my dad's sesame chicken recipe and his tips for recreating the sweet, sour and spicy dish at home. Watch our video to see how he manages to make each piece of chicken crispy without sacrificing its juicy bite.
What is sesame chicken?
Sesame chicken is found on nearly early Chinese restaurant menu. The takeout favorite is made by battering and frying chicken pieces, then tossing them all in a sesame chicken sauce.
Every recipe will differ slightly, but the sauce generally includes umami components such as soy sauce and oyster sauce, a sweetener like sugar or honey and a spicy element (my dad uses a combination of fresh red chili pepper and dried chili peppers).
Sesame chicken vs General Tso
Both sesame chicken and General Tso's chicken are popular Chinese chicken entrees that feature fried chicken stir fried in a sticky sauce. There are slight differences between the two. Sesame chicken features toasted sesame seeds and is milder when it comes to spice. General Tso's chicken has a stronger kick and sweeter flavor thanks to the addition of ketchup in the sauce.
An expert chef's tip for the crispiest, juiciest sesame chicken
If you've been wondering how to make sesame chicken that's crispy and juicy at the same time, you're in the right place! The key to the best fried chicken is two-fold. First, you need a batter that will help achieve a light and crunchy crust (more details on that below). Next, you need the right cooking technique. My dad uses the double frying method to get the perfect texture.
Check out a quick story summary of our recipe!