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Cheater Sesame Chicken ground chicken in sweet and spicy sauce, sesame seeds, sliced green onions, long grain white rice, asian bamboo pattern blue and white bowl on wooden bench
4.85 from 19 votes

Cheater Sesame Chicken

Cheater Sesame Chicken is everything you love about takeout Chinese sesame chicken but is made in your own kitchen with no deep frying. Bonus: It's better for you and faster than Chinese takeout!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 480kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 1 tablespoon sunflower or refined coconut oil
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger or ginger paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth or stock plus 1/4 cup, separated
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 8 green onions thinly sliced


  • Drizzle the sunflower or coconut oil into a stainless steel everyday pan or cast iron skillet with high sides over medium heat. Add the ground chicken, sprinkle the salt over the chicken, and cook, breaking up with a bamboo or wooden spoon until opaque and no longer pink. Stir in the minced garlic and ginger, raise the heat to medium high, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the chili garlic paste and brown sugar and cook for 30 seconds. Whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, and 1 1/4 cups chicken stock and pour over the chicken. Bring to a simmer.
    Whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup of chicken stock and the cornstarch until smooth. Pour into the simmering chicken and sauce, stirring vigorously until combined. Return to a simmer, drop the heat to medium low, and let bubble and thicken for about 3 minutes, adding chicken stock, 1 tablespoon at a time if it becomes too thick.
    Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame seeds and green onions. Serve hot on rice, warm on lettuce leaves, or cold on salads.


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 1352mg | Potassium: 984mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2.6mg