Sesame Chicken


This popular stir-fry dinner takes less than 30 minutes to make. Be sure to prep all your ingredients and marinate the chicken before you start to cook, just as you would for any stir fry dish. Our sesame chicken recipe calls for boneless chicken thighs to maximize flavor and save on cost, but you can swap in chicken breast if you prefer that cut.


  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, sliced ½ inch thick

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (2 tablespoons)

  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced

  • 1 teaspoon chili paste

  • 6 ounces snow peas, trimmed

  • 1 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, drained

  • 8 ounces water chestnuts, halved

  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced on the bias

  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, cooking wine, cornstarch, and sugar. Stir in chicken and marinate for 15 minutes.

  2. Place wok over high heat. When wok smokes, add peanut oil. When oil shimmers, add garlic and ginger and cook for 10 seconds.

  3. Remove chicken from marinade. Reserve marinade and add chicken to wok. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is browned in places and just cooked through, about 3 minutes.

  4. Stir in chili paste and snow peas and cook 2 minutes more, or until snow peas are shiny and bright green.

  5. Stir in bamboo shoots and water chestnuts and continue cooking until they are heated through, about one minute.

  6. Remove from heat, stir in scallions, sesame seeds, and sesame oil and serve immediately.

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