This easy sesame chicken is healthy, takes less than 20 minutes to make, and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

Easy Sesame Chicken with Green Beans

This easy sesame chicken with green beans is healthy, comes together in 30 minutes, and will rival your take-out food. Simply Organic Black Sesame Seeds give the dish a nice, nutty flavor to this Chinese take-out inspired dish!

*This post is sponsored by Simply Organic but all opinions are my own.*

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This easy sesame chicken is healthy, takes less than 20 minutes to make, and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

When I was in high school I went through a major Chinese food phase. My go-to orders were either sesame chicken or orange chicken. Little did I know, these choices were loaded with added  sugar and sodium. Using Simply Organic Black Sesame Seeds, coconut oil, and liquid aminos, I was able to recreate this recipe for you and create a guilt-free, flavorful meal.

This easy sesame chicken is healthy, takes less than 20 minutes to make, and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

Making this easy sesame chicken takes just 30 minutes and a few quick steps!

To start, you’ll need to slice your chicken breast into cubes before lightly breading it. I used whole wheat flour for my breading, but you can also sub in almond meal or regular flour. Coconut flour probably wouldn’t work because it would soak up too much moisture. If you do use coconut flour, try adding an extra egg to the batter.

This easy sesame chicken is healthy, takes less than 20 minutes to make, and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

Once you’ve coated the chicken, you’ll heat coconut oil in a large sauce pan and add in the chicken. You’ll know the coconut oil is warm enough when it starts to shimmer and shine. I chose coconut oil because it has a higher smoke point. Funny story–when I was in college I was making sopapillas (basically fried dough) for my Spanish class, and I let the oil get too hot. I ended up with a huge explosion of fire out of the pan and had to quickly throw the lid on top to choke out the fire. When my roommates came home our apartment was gray with smoke and smelled like burnt plastic. Don’t let this scare you from making these easy sesame chicken, jut don’t get distracted and let your oil get too hot!

PRO TIP! Use a large sauce pan to fry the chicken. I find this easier than using a skillet because the higher sides catch the oil splatters and save time on clean up. Quick clean up is part of why I call this easy sesame chicken 🙂

This easy sesame chicken is healthy, takes less than 20 minutes to make, and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

Once the chicken is browned on all sides, you’ll add in your sauce. I used liquid aminos, toasted sesame oil, Simply Organic Black Sesame Seeds and coconut sugar as the base for the sauce. If you don’t have liquid aminos or coconut sugar you can use soy sauce and brown sugar, I just prefer to keep the sodium and sugar down in my recipes. Mix the chicken with the sauce so it’s coated on all sides and allow the mixture to heat together, causing the sauce to thicken a bit. After this your easy sesame chicken is complete! You just need to prep your veggies, which I did while the chicken was cooking, and you’re good to go!

For other quick, weeknight meals check out my Slow-Cooker Pork Banh Mi and Slow-Cooker Greek Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes!

I can’t wait for you to make this easy sesame chicken! Make sure to tag me @getwellwithem and use the hashtag #getwellwithem so I can see your creations! I love seeing you all make my recipes 🙂

This easy sesame chicken is healthy, takes less than 20 minutes to make, and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal!
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Easy Sesame Chicken with Green Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This easy sesame chicken is healthy, takes less than 20 minutes to make, and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Author: Emily Winters (Get Well With Em)
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
Sesame Sauce
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Simply Organic Black Sesame Seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped for topping
Green Beans
  • 3 cups green beans
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
For the chicken:
  1. Mix together egg, flour and salt and pepper. Stir in chicken cubes, making sure all sides are coated.

  2. Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over high heat. When oil starts to shimmer add in chicken. Reduce heat to medium high.

  3. Stir occasionally, allowing all sides to brown. 

  4. Add all sauce ingredients to a bowl and mix well.

  5. Pour sauce over chicken and stir to combine. Reduce high to medium and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until sauce starts to thicken and caramelize. Remove from heat.

  6. Meanwhile, add green beans to a medium saucepan over medium high heat with 2 tbsp water. Cover the pan and allow green beans to steam for 2 minutes. Beans will be cooked but still crunchy.

  7. Remove from heat and add sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir to coat! 

  8. To serve, add green beans to a dish, top with sesame chicken, and finally add in a sprinkle of green onions. Enjoy!

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