Skinny Sesame Chicken

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Skinny Sesame Chicken with a spicy and sweet thick glazed flavored with sesame oil is the perfect diet takeout copycat recipe!

Skinny Sesame Chicken in bowl with rice. Skinny Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken doesn’t need to be a dish you fondly remember anymore and you don’t have to start using any sugar substitutes to make it work. With a few easy swaps this Chinese Food Takeout favorite is much healthier!

Typical Sesame Chicken is fried and crispy much like an orange chicken or a general tsao’s chicken. The versions I have on Dinner, then Dessert (my non diet focused recipe blog) are fried in a batter with a sticky and sweet glaze.

light sesame chicken


In this recipe, we skip the batter, skip the deep frying and cut back on the honey.

Most people who start a diet go in guns blazing, trying to minimize fats and calories. Once you find your stride in the plan you’ll see there isn’t really a way to feel satiated trying to game the system in the long term. You settle into using honey and oil again, you don’t worry about a tablespoon of cornstarch or sugar.

This recipe is not the lightest sesame chicken I could made, but it certainly is the most delicious updated version I tested. In fact if you’re open to a few more points, I suggest doubling the honey.

Sesame chicken is so sweet naturally it will taste more like the original. I didn’t include the extra honey because I don’t like that extra sweet flavor anymore since cutting out so much sugar.

bowl of sesame chicken

How to make Skinny Sesame Chicken:

Tools Used in the making of this Skinny Sesame Chicken:
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Soy Sauce: Only ever use this brand, always in the lower sodium variety.
Honey: I use this brand because it is guaranteed to be real honey and it is the best price per pound (but buy it in the store!)

Skinny Sesame Chicken in bowl with rice.
5 from 1 vote

Skinny Sesame Chicken

Skinny Sesame Chicken with a spicy and sweet thick glazed flavored with sesame oil is the perfect diet takeout copycat recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 208 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breast boneless and skinless (cut into 1" chunks)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon room temperature water
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds


  1. Add the canola oil to a heavy skillet on high heat.
  2. Add the chicken and cook until browned and crisp.
  3. Remove the chicken, add in the sesame oil and heat.
  4. Add in the garlic, ginger and crushed red peppers and cook for 10-15 seconds.
  5. Add in the chicken broth, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar and corn starch slurry.
  6. Cook until thickened and reduced before adding in the chicken and combining.
  7. Garnish with sesame seeds.
Nutrition Facts
Skinny Sesame Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th recipe)
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.1g 11%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 2%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 423mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 8.9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 6g
Protein 25.3g 51%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Skinny Sesame Chicken Collage
Sesame Chicken in bowl
Rating: 5

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    1. My recipes are not usually gluten free, but this one is easily adaptable to be gluten free if you replace the soy sauce with tamari.

  1. This was delicious! I sauteed some broccoli after the chicken and served over cauliflower rice. My husband and son both loved it.