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Healthy Sesame Chicken

This Healthy Sesame Chicken recipe is better than takeout and can be on the table in 25 minutes. This recipe is packed with protein and made with simple and wholesome ingredients.  Gluten-free, paleo and can be tailored to keto and low carb. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: Healthy Sesame Chicken Recipe, Sesame Chicken Gluten Free, Sesame Chicken Slow Cooker
Method: Oven/Stovetop
Servings: 5 -6 servings
Author: Ashley McCrary


  • 2 lbs. chicken breast diced into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • sliced green onions and extra sesame seeds for garnish


  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 2 tbsp honey*
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum*


  • Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add the 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil and saute the chicken until browned around 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165F. 
  • While the chicken is cooking whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce except the xanthan gum in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat. As it begins to warm, add the xantham gum, whisk until the sauce is thick. 
  • Once the chicken is cooked completely, pour the sauce over the chicken and stir until evenly coated. 
  • Serve with brown rice or cauliflower rice and veggie of choice. 
  • Garnish with extra sesame seeds and green onions. 


  • For Keto, sub sugar free syrup for the honey or maple syrup
  • Sub tapioca or arrowroot flour for xanthan gum. Use 1 1/2 tablespoon flour dissolved in 2 tablespoons water. 
For the slow cooker method, see above in the blog post. 
Serve with cauliflower rice for keto/paleo and regular brown rice for gluten-free.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. 
Nutirtion is calculated using honey.