Sesame Chicken with Broccoli


There is mouthwatering magic in the sweet-tart, spicy-salty balance of Chinese sauces like this one. Here it is poured over tender marinated chicken, sprinkled with a generous helping of toasted sesame seeds and served with the crisp clean contrast of steamed broccoli.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Marinate Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 5 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 5 teaspoon honey

  • 1 ¼ pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 2 tablespoon canola oil

  • 2 green onions, white parts thinly sliced and green tops reserved

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 4 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon chili paste

  • 1 small head broccoli, cut in florets, steamed until crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes

  • 3 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

  • Hot cooked brown rice (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together 3 Tbsp. of the soy sauce, 1 tsp. sesame oil, and 2 tsp. honey. Add cut-up chicken, toss to coat, then marinate for 20 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade with a slotted spoon. Discard the marinade.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet or wok heat 2 tsp. of canola oil over medium-high heat. Cook half the chicken at a time for 6 minutes until browned and cooked through, turning once or twice. Transfer to a large serving plate. Heat 2 tsp. canola oil to cook remaining chicken. Transfer to serving plate.

  3. In the same skillet heat the remaining 2 tsp. canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the white parts of onions, ginger, and garlic. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant. For sesame sauce, in a small bowl whisk together broth, remaining soy sauce, remaining honey, the cornstarch, vinegar, and chili paste until cornstarch and honey are incorporated. Add sauce to skillet. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes until thickened and darkened in color. Stir in remaining 1 tsp. sesame oil. Add cooked chicken back to skillet. Add steamed broccoli to skillet. Stir to combine.

  4. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion tops. Serve with brown rice, if desired.

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Make it vegetarian

Use 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth and extra-firm tofu instead of chicken.

Make it gluten free

Use gluten-free soy sauce.

For less spice

Remove portions before adding chili paste to remaining portions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

365 Calories
14g Fat
21g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 882mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 86.8mg 434%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 714mg 15%
Folate, total 72.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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