Rating: 3.7 stars
332 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 130
  • 3 star values: 87
  • 2 star values: 26
  • 1 star values: 12

Say "open sesame" to a Chinese-restaurant classic that's no longer a guilty pleasure. This chicken is sauteed in a little oil instead of deep fried. The less-sweet sauce has fewer calories than a standard recipe, and, nutritionally, brown rice beats white.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, and fill with 1 inch water; set aside for broccoli. Cook rice according to package instructions.

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  • Meanwhile, make sauce: In a small bowl, combine honey, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and garlic; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites and cornstarch. Add chicken; season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.

  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add half the chicken; cook, turning occasionally, until golden and opaque throughout, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining tablespoon oil and chicken. Return all the chicken to skillet; add reserved sauce and scallions, and toss to coat.

  • Meanwhile, place saucepan with steamer basket over high heat; bring water to a boil. Add broccoli, and cook until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Serve sesame chicken with broccoli and rice.

Reviews (63)

332 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 77
  • 4 star values: 130
  • 3 star values: 87
  • 2 star values: 26
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2019
I really liked it. I used sesame oil per some other reviews and I skipped the sesame seeds due to a picky kid... Instead of soy sauce I used coconut aminos from Trader Joe's due to a soy allergy. There was just enough sauce but I'd make more next time to really be able to mix it in with the rice. I used dark meat which is juicier than white.
Rating: Unrated
01/11/2014
Rating: Unrated
10/23/2013
this recipe is absolute [filtered] I've halved the honey, doubled the sesame, and it was still inedibly sweet. The sweetness isn't a problem, ok, i don't like sweet, but i still couldn't detect a hint of sesame. This is just another copy/pasted recipe, without being actually sampled first. Bad, bad, bad.
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Rating: Unrated
01/24/2013
A fabulous, delicous and healthy meal BUT I double the sauce recipe because I found it too dry otherwise.
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03/22/2012
Have made this recipe numerous times for, of all people, piles of teenagers. Not only do they love it, some of them request it if they will be over at dinner time. Easy to make, great flavors and also reheats well.
Rating: Unrated
12/08/2011
Yes, very good indeed. Just made this last night and substituted flour for cornstarch and the chicken turned out fabulous. Also added red pepper flake for a spicy kick. Next time I will make a little more sauce.
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Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2011
This is great, I liked the sauce. I will definitely make this again!
Rating: Unrated
10/04/2011
Would make extra dipping sauce next time.
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10/04/2011
Lived in Malaysia for five years - great recipe says the family!
Rating: Unrated
10/03/2011
OMG, I just tried that busy day chocolate cake and now this. Martha and her team are blowing my mind away with these quick recipes. Super easy to make and it doesn't require too much time. If you like "lighter" Asian fare, this is the recipe for you. Even my German boyfriend (who has a cold) liked it! That's saying something!
Rating: Unrated
06/01/2011
We're going to try this tonight! Does anyone by any chance know the calories in this recipe? We're trying to watch our weight here!
Rating: Unrated
05/20/2011
YUM!!! I rarely follow recipes to a T, but I did with this one and was happy with the result. Other reviewers said that it needs more sauce, but I thought it was perfect the way it is. I just tossed it before eating so that the sauce that's already there could be dispersed. It subtly sweetened the whole dish. I'm currently counting calories and this recipe is within my 500 calorie limit for dinners. I made it two nights in a row and plan to try it with shrimp instead of chicken next time. :-)
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2011
FABULOUS! I made this recipe as it was written, and it was so moist and delicious. The breading is great, and I just dumped it all in the pan with the chicken ~ didn't want to waste any. I used a very high quality brown rice, and made an extra batch to freeze. I just mixed the rice and chicken mixture and portioned it out in freezer baggies. I did not freeze the broccoli with it. But it was awesome warmed up at work for lunches. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! :)
Rating: Unrated
02/17/2011
Just made this tonight and it turned out very well. I omitted the sesame seeds and didn't miss them at all. Delicious!
Rating: Unrated
01/15/2011
I was half way through prep time before I read any of the comments and the first one I saw was negative but this dish came out very well. I used gomashio and just cut down on the salt since its already in that, and added a lil sesame oil and red pepper flake for heat. Very good. Will cook again.
Rating: Unrated
12/02/2010
Not good. I cooked according to the recipe, but should have read these reviews first. I have sesame oil in the cabinet, and that may have helped. The meal wasn't terrible, but it was definitely missing something. I wasn't impressed.
Rating: Unrated
09/26/2010
The cornstarch/egg white batter is excellent. It keeps the chicken very moist. I like the touch of sweetness from the honey, but I added a tiny bit of curry and crushed red pepper to give it a little more flavor. I also used mixed stirfry veggies instead of just broccoli. I doubled the amount of sauce based on other reviews but did not double the sesame seeds, and there were still plenty seeds. This recipe is really delicious and has made it into our biweekly rotation.
Rating: Unrated
08/02/2010
This was SO good. It tasted just like what you get at a chinese restaurant, but even better! Will def make this again. I love how it is very healthy for you too.
Rating: Unrated
07/22/2010
I made this with some changes and it was so goood!!! I left the egg and cornstarch off the chicken. I added 1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil to the sauce and I cooked the chicken in olive oil with grated ginger and garlic (2 tea. each). And I toasted the seeds in a small dry fry pan to brown them up (2 or 3 Min) Try it this way!
Rating: Unrated
07/22/2010
I love this recipe. I also added a tsp of sesame oil for that asian flavor, and I always cook my brown rice in chicken stock. These two changes add very few calories to the dish as a whole, but alot more flavor.
Rating: Unrated
07/22/2010
hmmmmm...many say something is missing...could it be sesame oil?? since sesame oil smokes when heated, add a little to your regular veg oil...also, maybe some fresh grated ginger would taste good in the mix?
Rating: Unrated
06/20/2010
Great taste and a great alternative than ordering sesame chicken from a Chinese restaurant. Easy to make as my husband, who doesn't cook as much, could make it.
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04/08/2010
I decided to try firm tofu instead of chicken and it worked out great. I also made extra sauce and was glad I did so.
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2010
I disagree with some of the other users, this meal was great as is, an instant favourite. It was simple to make and fast. I loved the flavours (I used wild rice and brown rice mix and cooked it following Martha's perfect rice recipe.) Everything was moist and delicious. I agree that a bit of orange would be great with this meal.
Rating: Unrated
02/24/2010
I agree with ttouloumis. I cooked this recipe just as it is printed and my rice came out dry, making the meal unappealing and bland. I think that if I had doubled the sauce, the meal would have been MUCH more appetizing! Some orange in the sauce wouldn't be bad, either....
Rating: Unrated
02/15/2010
This came out delicious. My boyfriend loved it! It's a great, semi-healthy alternative to takeout. I doubled the sauce, and I would recommend doing so, unless you like dry rice.
Rating: Unrated
01/14/2010
I have to cook for 5 people aged between 1 and 68 every day and this recipe worked really well. For the middle agers I put a small dish of sweet chilli sauce on the table. I also added a bit of chopped cilantro and lime juice.
Rating: Unrated
01/07/2010
I was really excited to make this dish given the positive feedback but found it to be just OK. It seemed like it was missing a key ingredient. It was very bland. I don't plan to make this again.
Rating: Unrated
12/14/2009
My husband and I loved this! Even this kids (3 and 18months) ate it. It was good leftover as well.
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12/07/2009
This reciipe is also Gluten free. Just be careful to use a gluten free soy sauce.
Rating: Unrated
07/15/2009
Wow! Love it! I didn't have brown rice so I used short-grain white rice and I followed the advice of many here in doubling the sauce. Yummy! Couldn't get enough of it.
Rating: Unrated
06/18/2009
Double the sauce for sure! Otherwise VERY tasty.
Rating: Unrated
06/12/2009
Super yummy! I don't bread the chicken and double the sauce, its wonderful!
Rating: Unrated
01/15/2009
I was looking for a lighter meal that was fairly basic but tasty, and this was exactly it! I did add more fresh veggies (carrots, celery, red pepper) and some fresh grated ginger to cook with veggies. I also tried basmati rice, and it all came together so well! A real winner, and wonderful seconds as I'm eating it again tonight!
Rating: Unrated
01/07/2009
Fabulous recipe - delicious, healthy and fast! Very easy direcitons. Will become a definite mainstay. Only criticism is that it needed more sauce...
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12/10/2008
Followed recipe exactly... was surprised at how easy and delicious it was! The "breading" makes the chicken very satisfying, and tasted great! Only complaint is the small amount of sauce. I guess that's what makes it "lighter." I will just double the sauce next time and see how it goes.
Rating: Unrated
12/10/2008
Followed recipe exactly... was surprised at how easy and delicious it was! The "breading" makes the chicken very satisfying, and tasted great! Only complaint is the small amount of sauce. I guess that's what makes it "lighter." I will just double the sauce next time and see how it goes.
Rating: Unrated
11/09/2008
This sauce is a real winner, and so easy to do. I added ginger to mine.
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08/06/2008
Loved this tasted very much like sesame chicken you get at a restaurant. I also made brown basmati rice using Alton Browns Baked Brown Rice Recipe....delicious!
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08/06/2008
Loved this tasted very much like sesame chicken you get at a restaurant. I also made brown basmati rice using Alton Browns Baked Brown Rice Recipe....delicious!
Rating: Unrated
07/11/2008
I really liked this recipe and would recommend it to anyone. It is easy, tasty and elegant to serve. Perfect for dinner for two, or for entertaining guests.
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07/01/2008
I replaced the chicken with tofu and it came out crisp and light. Will definitely make this again.
Rating: Unrated
06/29/2008
This is super easy and my husband even likes to make it. It's an impressive quick dinner for last minute company and usually have the stuff on hand to make it.
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06/06/2008
Super recipe - I have made it a few times since it was published and it has been delicious everytime. Leftovers for lunch the next day leave everyone asking at the office!
Rating: Unrated
05/21/2008
This is a great recipe! A non stick pan is a must and it is important to brown the chicken in two batches as stated in the recipe or it would probably turn into one large chicken pancake! Also, I placed the chicken in the skillet one piece at a time so it would not stick together. Double the sauce....its great! I'll be making this again and again!
Rating: Unrated
03/03/2008
My fiance and I were really impressed with how this recipe turned out! I added crushed red pepper flakes to make it a little spicy and it was perfect. I was so proud of myself, I didn't think I could make food like this!
Rating: Unrated
03/01/2008
I loved it. I had trouble getting it to brown, it might be better in a non stick pan. Simple, easy and fat free, plus tastes good - how good can that get? I steamed my broccoli in microwave then added it at the last minute.
Rating: Unrated
02/25/2008
The chicken does turn out moist but, overall, I was not impressed with the flavor of this recipe and would not make again. Previous reviews were way too enthusiastic. There are much better light, chicken stirfry recipes out there.. try cookinglight.com
Rating: Unrated
02/25/2008
The chicken does turn out moist but, overall, I was not impressed with the flavor of this recipe and would not make again. Previous reviews were way too enthusiastic. There are much better light, chicken stirfry recipes out there.. try cookinglight.com
Rating: Unrated
02/19/2008
A_M_A_Z_I_N_G!!! I also made this tonight for my family and they couldn't get enough! It was delicious! The chicken turned out so moist and the sauce is fantastic! This has quickly turned into a family favorite!
Rating: Unrated
02/19/2008
I made this tonight, and it was EXCELLENT! My husband was so impressed. Next time, I might make a little extra sauce to mix around with the broccoli. Would add a few more calories, but it would be worth it!!!
Rating: Unrated
02/12/2008
I made this last night and it has become one of my favorite dishes. Ran out of white sesame seeds half way through so I used black. Added to the dish as far as color goes. Yummy!!
Rating: Unrated
01/28/2008
My kids loved this recipe and it was so easy to make. I added a teaspoon of Sesame oil too and it was fabulous! My kids love peanut sauce so I made up a quick sauce for them to dip their chicken in. I would love to see a recipe for Sesame Beef.
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01/23/2008
This is a great recipe. I added a teaspoon of Sesame oil to the sauce and it was excellent
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01/22/2008
This was my first Martha Stewart recipe and I tried it for a small dinner party. It was wonderful and I got a lot of compliments. So easy and tastes like take out even though it's not. Can you ask for more? :)
Rating: Unrated
01/14/2008
I agree. This was VERY good. I need to cut the chicken into larger bites though. When I put the chicken from the batter into the skillet, it kind of all formed a pancake when I went to turn them. LOL Live and learn...live and learn! My boyfriend has already requested this for next week. I did boxed brown rice and some steamed microwavable broccoli florets in the microwave. Simple.
Rating: Unrated
01/10/2008
Easy and delicious. I like to make a little extra sauce to pour on my rice.
Rating: Unrated
01/05/2008
Eveyone loved this recipe!! We love to eat out Chinese but its not healthy so we were thirilled when this dish was so good and on our diets!!
Rating: Unrated
01/04/2008
I thought this was excellent! I think it would be really nice with some red pepper flakes, but I didn't add them because I was feeding it to my kiddos. :) The chicken kind of finished cooking in the sauce...it was really moist.
Rating: Unrated
01/01/2008
Not being highly skilled in the kitchen, I need recipes to be described in as simple a fashion as possible. I actually succeeded in creating a reasonable facsimile of this dish. Kudos to the team for presenting recipes that are tasty yet basic enough for the 'self-trained'. I liked the honey/soy sauce combo for the chicken; made for a tasty meal.
Rating: Unrated
12/30/2007
This dish tasted good, but not like sesame chicken (in my opinion).
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12/30/2007
I was in a pinch as to what to make for dinner. I had all the ingredients in the house except for broccoli, so I used a bag of frozen mixed veggies and it turned out great! It's quick and easy!
Rating: Unrated
11/29/2007
Very good - I cut chicken a little smaller and add ~1/2 lb more. I used calibroccli (light green cauliflower) instead, awesome!!! Even my husband loved it.