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white bowl of asian sesame chicken, from Shelf Cooking

You guys, how YUMMY does this honey sesame chicken look?! Wipe that drool off your keyboard, and let's get to work! After one bite of this recipe, we bet you'll be adding it to your regular meal rotation.

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Keep reading to find out how you can make this recipe your own, what you can do with any leftovers, and how to freeze and reheat. We thought of it ALL so that you can cross meal planning off your list! This is dinner made simple. Are you ready?


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So, if you're wondering what the heck you should serve with your honey sesame chicken, wonder no more! We've got some ideas you can whip up and put on the dinner table in no time.

  • Rice – It doesn't get any easier, cheaper, more versatile, or more filling than rice. You can even quickly turn your honey sesame chicken into a rice bowl. And if you're all out of rice, try one of these rice substitutes.
  • Noodles – We've never met a pasta we don't like. Stir fry some noodles with soy sauce and garlic and enjoy on the side, or serve your chicken on top.
  • Soup – Egg drop soup? Wonton soup? Miso soup? You pick! Make your own homemade soup if you're up for the challenge!
  • Salad – Toss together some mixed greens and veggies and top with an Asian dressing.
  • Mixed Veggies – Pretty much any veggie will do, but we love broccoli or a batch of these roasted carrots!
  • Lettuce Wraps – Pick your fillings! You can whip up a version just as good as the restaurant for a fraction of the cost.
  • Egg Rolls – If we ever see frozen egg rolls on sale, we scoop them up and keep them on hand for occasions just like this one!

Now that you've got an idea of what to serve with your yummy honey sesame chicken, let's talk about all the ways you can modify this recipe to suit your tastes (and your pantry).


glass casserole dish of Asian honey sesame chicken, from Shelf Cooking

The best part about shelf cooking is that you don't need to run to the store if you're missing an ingredient. There are TONS of ways to use what you already have in stock. For example, here some ways to substitute key ingredients in this honey sesame chicken recipe:

  • Brown Sugar – Out of brown sugar? No worries! Try one of these brown sugar substitutes.
  • Chicken – No chicken breasts on hand? Try thighs! Beef is just as delicious, too. We recommend sirloin!
  • Coconut Aminos – Swap out the Coconut Aminos (or other liquid aminos) for soy sauce. SO good.
  • Corn Starch – Try wheat flour, arrowroot, rice flour, or ground flaxseed instead.
  • Ketchup – If you're all out of ketchup, try a sweet chili sauce, or mix half a cup of tomato paste with two tablespoons of sugar and a splash of vinegar. No vinegar? Try some olive brine or pickle juice instead!
  • Ritz Crackers – No crackers in the pantry? You can use all-purpose flour or bread crumbs instead.
  • Rice – Try serving this dish over noodles, cauliflower rice, or veggies instead.

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First of all, if you have leftovers, consider us jealous! If you decided to make one for now and one for later, then you go, girl! We like the way you think. Regardless of WHY you have leftover honey sesame chicken, here's how you can store and reheat it:

  • Store in the Refrigerator – Drop your leftovers in an airtight container, or wrap your glass dish in some plastic wrap and foil. In the fridge, these leftovers should last for three to four days.
  • Freeze – Want to save a batch of honey sesame chicken for a busy night in the future? We highly recommend it! Place your leftovers in a freezer-safe bag, label (with heating instructions), and eat within one year.
  • Reheat from the Refrigerator- Ready to reheat from the fridge? Just pop an individual portion in the microwave for a few minutes, or toss an oven-safe dish in at 350°F for about 20 minutes.
  • Reheat Frozen Leftovers – Thaw overnight in the fridge and then throw in the crockpot on low for 4-5 hours. Slow-cooker meal for the win!

Enjoy those leftovers! Now, let's get to the main event…


Ok, we've kept you waiting long enough. It's time for the big reveal! Here's the easy, peasy, oh-so-tasty honey sesame chicken recipe that your family (even the picky eaters) will LOVE.

white bowl of asian sesame chicken, from Shelf Cooking

Honey Sesame Chicken

This recipe is finger-looking good and so much better than the takeout version!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 8



  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp oil


  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp  minced fresh garlic
  • ¼ cup honey
  • cup coconut aminos
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds



  • Beat the eggs, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Combine crushed crackers and corn starch in a shallow bowl or on a plate. Stir to combine.
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then into the flour. Repeat the process with all of the chicken.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan to 350° F
  • Add cubed, coated chicken to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Repeat the process with the remaining chicken.
  • Drain the chicken on paper towels.


  • While the chicken is cooking, combine the honey, coconut aminos, ketchup, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and 2 teaspoons of corn starch in a bowl.
  • Heat the teaspoon of oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the honey sauce mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until just thickened.
  • Add crispy chicken to 9×13 pan and toss to coat with the sauce.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds, then serve over rice and enjoy!

Mmm….mmmmmm.MMMMM! Can we come over to your house for dinner tonight?!

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