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Sesame Chicken



  • 3 whole boneless chicken breasts


  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine or dry sherry a few drops sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/8 cup vinegar (for a sweeter sauce use less vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste, or more if desired
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups peanut oil for deep-frying


  1. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Mix the marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken for 20 minutes.
  2. To prepare the sauce: mix together all of the sauce ingredients . Pour them into a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Turn the heat to low and keep warm while the chicken is deep-frying.
  3. To deep-fry the chicken: add the marinated chicken pieces a few at a time, and deep-fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  4. Just before you are finished deep-frying, bring the sauce back to a boil.
  5. Place the chicken on a large platter and pour the sauce over. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Serve with rice.

Serves 3 - 4, or 5 - 6 as part of a multi-course meal

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