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Sticky Sesame chicken

 In Chicken, Dinner/Supper, Recipes

Sweet sesame chicken“Another sticky chicken recipe?”, I hear you ask. Yes my friends, the children have spoken and as all parents know, when your children speak, you must listen. When the twins asked me to make sticky chicken for dinner a few nights ago, I couldn’t for the life of me stand making the same recipes again. So yes, I have many to choose from, like this Soy & sweet chilli baked chicken or my mom’s easiest sticky chicken, but still I wanted something else. I gathered up almost every Asian ingredient I could find and made a quick little marinade/cook-in sauce for a few chicken thighs and drumsticks I had in the fridge. I finished the chicken with a sprinkling of sesame seeds, some fresh micro-coriander and a few slices of fresh chilli (for the adults only, of course), et voila. A seriously delicious, proper finger-licking-good chicken recipe that takes all of 5 minutes to knock together and only 20-30 to cook. Dinner in a flash? Done!

Sweet sesame chicken

Sticky Sesame chicken
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Recipe type: Chicken, Dinner
Serves: 4-6
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
  • pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • sesame seeds
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°c and line a baking tray with foil (for easy cleaning).
  2. Combine the soy, fish and oyster sauce, honey, sesame oil, lime juice, garlic, ginger and chilli in a bowl and whisk together.
  3. Place the chicken in the baking dish and pour over the sauce. Make sure each piece of chicken is well coated.
  4. Place in the oven and allow to bake for 20-30 minutes until the chicken is caramelised and sticky and cooked through.
  5. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with steamed rice and vegetables of your choice.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Dolly

    Hi just tried this but the chicken stewed rather than caramelised. Where did I go wrong?

    • Alida Ryder

      It could be that your pan was over crowded. Did you use fresh chicken?

  • irishamcq

    I love the ingredients and can’t wait to try but was wondering if the temperature is a misprint. 30 minutes at 200* seems not long enough to cook through or not hot enough.

    • Alida Ryder

      Irisha, that was the time my chicken was in the oven for but as all ovens vary, check the chicken as it’s cooking and adjust the time accordingly.

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    This looks amazing. My family would love it!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks! I think this is just one of those dishes that everyone loves, from young to old! 🙂

  • Farah @ The Cooking Jar

    My gosh, look at that glaze. I’m in love 🙂 Oyster sauce and soy sauce mix always gives great results!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Farah! Yes, Oyster and soy sauce are both staples in my kitchen for that very reason! 😉

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