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Marinated Sesame Chicken Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Chicken Recipe

"Open, sesame!” I love the magic! This Marinated Sesame Chicken Recipe is magic and creates a very popular restaurant meal and a family favorite.

This easy chicken recipe satisfies the desire for Chinese or Asia food and it does it without any additives. It is a healthy restaurant chicken recipe for you to prepare in your own kitchen.

I serve the chicken with, or over, rice and add some stir-fried vegetables on the side.

This Sesame Chicken can also be a delicious topping to a salad. You can create an Asian restaurant-style salad simply by adding this chicken!

Note: To toast sesame seeds, place in a baking dish or pie pan in a 300 degree F oven for about 5-6 minutes. You must keep a close eye on the seeds so as not to burn.

Marinated Sesame Chicken Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Chicken Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Serves 4


  • 4 seven-eight ounce chicken breasts, lightly pounded
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup + 3 1/2 teaspoons white wine
  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Toasted sesame seeds for topping (see note above)
  • Green onions cut on the bias or chopped for garnish (optional)



  • Combine soy sauce, ginger, garlic, wine and sugar in a mixing bowl and blend thoroughly
  • Place the lightly pounded chicken breasts and the mixture (the marinade) in a large resealable plastic bag or a low baking dish (make certain all the chicken is covered or surrounded with the marinade)
  • Place in the refrigerator and marinade for 4 hours before using
  • Remove chicken from the marinade and (1) place on your grill - medium heat or (2) 5-6 inches under your broiler on a sheet pan or in a shallow baking dish or (3) oven bake the chicken at 350 degrees F (be careful NOT to have the heat turned up too high or the sugar may burn)
  • Remove the chicken from the heat and thin slice on the bias
  • Arrange the chicken on a serving platter, pour the juices over the chicken and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions (or top a salad with the sliced chicken after topping with juices and seeds)

To serve:

Serve with Asian Wild Rice Salad or Chinese Noodle Salad and some Stir-Fried Vegetables. Add a side of Corn Salsa for an extra enhancement!

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Enjoy your Marinated Sesame Chicken Recipe and the company of those you share it with!


Did you know? Soy sauce is a traditional ingredient in East and Southeast Asian cuisines, where it is used in cooking and as a condiment. It originated in China in the 2nd century BCE and spread throughout Asia.