Hello everyone, this was a special request from our great friend Jane in Boston, Ma. Sesame Chicken 芝麻雞 is a popular Chinese favourite in the USA, and rightly so, it’s very tasty and contains lots of succulent chicken pieces, it mixes well with the rice. Joanne doesn’t usually like these sweet savouries, so has made it – still with a sweetness – with a Taiwanese twist!

What is the twist? Well it’s less sweet and the chicken pieces are more crispy, also there should be less oil used and therefore lower fat content in the finished dish. Sounds like a win win win situation, and I would say it’s more delicious than your local restaurant or takeaway too 🙂

Fried sesame chicken, Taiwanese style

Fried sesame chicken, Taiwanese style

The recipe below has quantities for 2 or 3 people but on the video Joanne cooked it for four! It’s easy just to add a bit more everything to make more.

The ingredients 食材 are as follows;

  • 2 big chicken breasts
  • soy sauce, 2 tbsp
  • rice wine, 1 tbsp
  • honey, 1 tbsp
  • sesame oil, 1 tbsp
  • half a beaten egg

Chicken coating 雞麵衣

  • flour
  • 1.5 beaten eggs
  • cornflour
  • sweet potato flour
  • sesame seeds, 1 tbsp (the seeds are sprinkled on the dish after everything is cooked)

Sauce 調味醬

  • soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • chicken stock, 1 chinese bowl
  • sesame oil, 1 tbsp
  • white vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • ketchup, 4 tbsp
  • honey, 1 tbsp
  • white pepper to taste
  • cornflour 1 tbsp
sesame chicken ready to serve

sesame chicken ready to serve

The method 作法;

  1. chop the chicken into 2cm squares
  2. when you’ve finished chopping, mix all the first set of ingredients, above, together
  3. leave it for at least 5 minutes
  4. do the chicken coating in the flour mixture, as above
  5. heat up half a cup of oil in the wok/frying pan
  6. when the oil is hot add the chicken pieces one by one
  7. as we were cooking for 4 we needed to fry half a portion at a time
  8. fry until golden
  9. when all the chicken is ready, get rid of your oil and wipe the pan
  10. add the sauce, ingredients above, heat over medium heat until it’s bubbling
  11. now you can add in the chicken pieces you’ve already fried
  12. mix it up and toss it all in the pan to fully coated sticky lovelyness
  13. put it on a big serving plate and garnish with the sesame seeds, some green of your choosing

Once again, Joanne has put together a superb video taking you step by step through making Sesame Chicken 芝麻雞. At the start of the video she shows you how to cut up a whole fresh chicken into all sorts of usable parts for later recipes etc. It’s very informative so it’s worth a look. The Sesame Chicken preparation starts at about three and a half minutes if you want to fast forward!

We hope you enjoy this Taiwanese Sesame Chicken 台灣口味芝麻雞 as much as we did. Stay tuned for more help, advice, cooking and shopping with a Taiwanese flavour! The next recipe will be 3 cup chicken…