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Easy Honey Ginger Sesame Chicken Recipe

All the delicious takeout feels and flavors using a much healthier marinade.


Honey Ginger Sesame Chicken (full recipe is on: HungryHappens.Net) #takeoutfakeout #sesamechicken

♬ original sound – Stella Drivas

This is one of the best chicken dishes I’ve ever made. As always, super simple basic recipes are the best. It’s the type of recipe you make when you’re in the mood for takeout but want to clean it up a bit.

You may notice that the marinade and the Topping Sauce are pretty much the same exact recipe except for the rice vinegar. We added the vinegar to the MARINADE ONLY to tenderize the meat. I didn’t enjoy the flavor for the sauce so we left it out. I also definitely recommend the Toasted Sesame Oil for the sauce part – it’s flavor is INCREDIBLE.

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honey ginger sesame chicken recipe


Easy Honey Ginger Sesame Chicken

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Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 17 minutes Total Time 27 minutes

Servings 6
Calories 315kcal
Author Stella


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs


  • 2 tbs sesame oil
  • 2 tbs low sodium soy sauce *
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbs ginger paste (or fresh ginger)
  • 1/2 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika + dried oregano
  • salt to taste

Topping/Sauce to Serve:

  • 2 tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbs low sodium soy sauce *
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp each garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder + dried oregano

Garnish: Toasted Sesame Seeds

    US Customary – Metric


    • Rinse and pat dry your chicken pieces and transfer to a ziploc bag.
    • In a small bowl, whisk together all of the marinade ingredients well and then pour into the bag with the chicken. Place the sealed bag in your fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
    • Preheat your oven to 400℉ or the air fryer to 375℉. Place the chicken on a dish or baking sheet and bake for 17-20 minutes or air fry for 12 minutes.
    • While they're cooking, whisk up all of the Topping/Sauce ingredients in a small glass and taste to see if you need to adjust anything.
    • Top the cooked chicken with the sauce and some toasted sesame seeds.


    *Use Tamari Sauce to make this gluten free
    Serve with rice and steamed vegetables.


    Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 521mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg