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The Best Sesame Chicken Recipe For The Holidays

(Image by Cooking with Lei)

Add some local flavours to your festive gatherings and spreads this holiday with our 5 ingredient Sesame Oil Chicken!

Simple, easy and fuss-free with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry for last minute potlucks or just to add a touch of local taste to impress your Asian Mother-In-Law visiting for the holiday season.

The smell of the garlic, chicken, and sesame oil filling the house on a late afternoon is a nostalgic scent for most Asian households. Bring that back as the family gathers for a meal!

For those looking for a quick fix after a long day at work or a simple meal-prep dish, this one is perfect for you. Savoury, hearty, warm, and makes your house smell like home.

Serves: 6-8pax

Time required:

Marinating - 2 hours for best results

Preparation - 15 minutes


  • Chicken (Cubed or bite-sized pieces)

  • 1 piece of Ginger

  • 2 tablespoons of Garlic

  • Sesame Oil

  • Light & Dark Soy Sauce

Optional Ingredients:

  • Decorations (Picks or decor for extra flair)

  • Scallions

  • Shao Xing Wing

For those who enjoy a deeper taste, marinate your chicken with 3 slices of ginger, sesame oil and light soy sauce for up to 2 hours. You can use a Ziploc or a covered bowl and leave it in the refrigerator.

  1. Add sesame oil to coat the pan or wok that you are using and fry garlic and ginger slices until golden brown.

  2. To the pan, add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce and a dash more of sesame oil. Adding an additional spoon of sesame oil helps to give the dish a little more depth.

  3. Flavour with salt and pepper to taste. Both are optional as the other ingredients are flavourful enough.

  4. Pour a cup of water into the work when the chicken is well-cooked on the outside. (Our secret is to add a couple tablespoons of Shao Xing Wine in this step or during the marinating stage)

  5. Cover with a lid and turn heat down to medium.

  6. Let simmer for up to 15 minutes.

  7. Garnish and serve while hot.

Enjoy your holidays with a splash of familiarity, tradition and comfort.

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