Sweet Sesame Chicken

January 3, 2014

in Dinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Recipes

Sweet Sesame Chicken

Tired of boring plain chicken? Me too. That’s why I’m always looking to create easy and healthy chicken recipes that taste great, just like this sweet sesame chicken. Its mild enough to please almost everyone, and the sweetness sure hits the spot.

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This marinade would also be fabulous with chicken breasts. I just wanted to use skinless drumsticks to switch it up, and it definitely tastes richer using the dark meat.  I love asian chicken recipes, and this one is probably my favorite this far. The sauce is seriously drinkable!

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The sauce itself is pretty runny, and I didn’t bother to thicken it, but you most definitely good. 1 Tbsp of cornstarch mixed with a bit of water to thicken the sauce after the chicken is cook would work great. Just remove the chicken from the dish, add the cornstarch mixture and whisk, return to the oven for a couple minutes to let it boil, and it should thicken right up. Add the drumsticks back in and viola! A thick gravy if you wish!

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This recipe would please adults and children. The sweetness of it would most definitely appeal to the kids, although I like almost everything sweet too 😉

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This Sweet Sesame Chicken is a healthy and easy chicken recipe. Quick to make on a weeknight, and the leftovers make a great lunch.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Yield: 8
  • 16 chicken drumsticks (bone-in, skin removed, my package was 1.84 kg) *could also use chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp sugar-free honey (I used Nature's Hollow) *could also sub for extra honey
  • 2 packets stevia *omit if using all regular honey
  • ¼ cup Braggs all-purpose soy seasoning *could also use lower sodium soy sauce or tamari (for gluten free)
  • 2 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Garnish: 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix together all the sauce ingredients in your baking dish (everything except drumsticks and sesame seeds garnish.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40-50 minutes. Cut in and check near the bone to see if its done. Chicken legs can be tricky. May be done on the outside, but not near the bone.
  4. Make sauce into gravy if desired (instructions above in the photos), or simply garnish with sesame seeds.
Serving size: 2 drumsticks plus ⅛ of sauce Calories: 201 Fat: 7.2 g Carbs: 9.1 g Sugar: 4.9 g Sodium: 218 mg Fiber: 0.1 g Protein: 24.4 g

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  • Joe

    This looks absolutely delicious!! I just discovered your blog and fell in love! This post has me starving right now. What would you recommend as ideal sides? I have been trying to eat healthier the past few months, so perhaps a quinoa or brown rice or vegetables? What would you recommend?

    I have been relying on Sobeys and the “Better Food For All” campaign that they have been using lately. Have you heard of it? I would recommend checking it out as perhaps they may help give you some new ideas/recipes.

    Here is the link if you wanted, there are really healthy options: https://www.sobeys.com/en/recipes

    Both resources are simply amazing though and I will be using them both going forward. Congratulations on a terrific blog and I look forward to catching up on your posts in the coming days. My New Years Resolution of healthy eating is in good shape. Keep up the great work Kristine!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      Thanks Joe! I’d heard of that Sobey’s campaign…sounds great! For sides on this dish, brown rice would be great, and various kinds of veggies. Steamed broccoli, or cauliflower would also be great!

  • claire

    How many chicken breasts should i use for this recipe???

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      You can use however many chicken breasts you want. Depending on their size, you might get 5 to 6 to fit in a 9×13 dish.

  • Joanna Atkinson

    The whole family loves this recipe! Actually, we’ve loved every recipe
    of yours we’ve tried. I’m looking forward to trying more and more. My
    daughter and I have a gluten intolerance, so thank you so much for this
    website with such a variety of things for us to enjoy!!!

    • http://www.busybuthealthy.com Kristine Fretwell

      So happy to hear you enjoyed it, and other recipes on the site too! You’ve made my day 🙂

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