My Baked Sesame chicken is seasoned with delicious Chinese 5 Spice, white pepper, soy sauce, and toasted sesame seeds. blended with a sweet and zesty honey glaze, every crunch is packed with flavor from the inner out. Serve with white rice for a filling and fulfilling meal!Ramsha Baig
Recreating my restaurant favorites may be a challenge, but oh-so rewarding once I seize that flavor and texture just proper. And my baked sesame chicken tastes like you just pulled it out of a takeout field — only brisker, crisper, and extra tender.
even as it could be hard to get a pleasant crust without frying, these Asian baked bird thighs are nice and crispy with out the use of any extra oil. that is because I coat the meat in frothy egg whites to assist the beef crisp up quickly and effortlessly.
The best part? This entire recipe takes just 30 minutes!
Leftover sauce is terrific to serve on the side for dipping. I additionally find this dish scrumptious with my multi-flavored chinese Chili Oil if you want a piece of warmth and nuanced flavors. For similar texture and taste, try those Sticky Asian quick Ribs and braised Chinese red meat stomach.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
Chicken – This recipe makes enough sauce and includes baking instructions for 2 pounds worth of boneless thighs, my preferred cut for baking.
Soy Sauce – I use soy to marinate the meat and to build up flavor in the honey glaze.
Egg Whites – Commonly used to make baked meats extra crispy and crunchy, this helps the sesame seeds adhere for that perfect crust.
Rice Flour – A popular ingredient in Asian cooking. Coating the meat, we’ll achieve a wonderfully crisp texture without frying.
Sesame Seeds – Loved as much for their aroma and texture as for their taste. They’ll toast while baking, making them even nuttier and giving the dish a pleasant crunch.
Chinese– Prepare this popular seasoning blend right at home! Warm, rich, and complex in flavor.
White Pepper – A hot pepper with herbaceous notes that are delicious with the honey and lemon in the glaze.
Sauce – Sticky and sweet, we’ll pair our Asian baked chicken thighs with a delicious combination of:
Honey – Raw, organic honey is always your best bet with sauces.
Lemon Juice – A common companion for honey. Lime juice can be substituted, though it doesn’t have the same sweetness.
Oyster Sauce – Rich, tangy, and salty. It has a unique, strong flavor, but could be replaced with fish sauce if needed.
How to Make Baked Sesame Chicken
- Prepare for Baking. while your oven is preheating to 425°F, prepare your baking pan by way of lining it with tin foil and coating with a beneficiant quantity of cooking spray.
- Marinate the meat. place the beef in a bowl with soy sauce, tossing in order that each piece is well covered. allow take a seat for 10 mins. in the meantime, whisk just the whites of an egg until light and frothy. In a third bowl, integrate the rice flour, sesame seeds, chinese 5 Spice, and white pepper until fully blended.
- Season and Dredge. switch the beef to the egg whites, again tossing in order that the whole lot is absolutely lined. Dredge the thighs within the seasoned flour, pressing together with your fingertips to help it stick.
- four. Bake. arrange the thighs at the baking sheet and bake for 18 mins.
- mix the Honey Glaze. even as the beef is baking, prepare the honey glaze. Pour the honey, lemon juice, oyster sauce, and soy right into a bowl. Stir everything together.
- allow Cool and Glaze. eliminate the thighs from the oven and let take a seat for 5 mins before brushing with the honey sauce.
- Serve. Baked sesame bird goes incredible with steamed white rice and with any leftover sauce on the facet.
I additionally want to serve this with my Chinese Chili Oil for a further flavor explosion. The chilis are steeped with an array of spices and warmth is minimum, but flavor is WOW!
How Long Does It Take to Bake Chicken Thighs?
These asian baked chicken thighs take 18 minutes to cook through to a safe internal temperature of 165°F.
Is Baking Meat Healthier Than Frying?
Yes, it is. When you fry something, it generally soaks up some degree of oil, adding unhealthy fats to the meal. Baking, however, eliminates the need for frying when trying to get that crisp crust. In this recipe, I use egg whites to achieve a nice crunch, no oil required!
What Does It Mean to “dredge” in Flour?
Dredging simply means to coat meat or vegetables in flour or breadcrumbs before baking or frying. Dredging is usually preceded by coating whatever you’re cooking in some kind of liquid to help the coating stick.
In my recipe, we coat the meat in soy and egg whites and dredge them in rice flour seasoned with sesame seeds and rich Chinese spices.
How Long Does Baked Sesame Chicken Last in the Fridge?
I mostly make this recipe when I’m in a hurry and hungry.
Like most cooked meats, leftovers will remain safe to eat in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.