This super Easy Keto Sesame Chicken recipe is one of my all-time favourite recipes! A perfectly sweet sauce smothering perfectly moist chicken...and only 15 minutes to make! What more could one want when it comes to a keto weeknight dinner recipe?!!
If you guys are like me, you have full-time jobs and only get home pretty late each night. So, although I love to cook, making some elaborate dinner each night is definitely not in the cards for me!
That's where this Keto Sesame Chicken comes in! The sauce honestly comes together in under 5 minutes. Then, all you have to do is brown some chicken, pour the sauce over the chicken, and wait until the sauce thickens and coats each tender piece of chicken!
Things to know about this keto sesame chicken
Not only is this Keto Sesame Chicken delicious, but it is also really easy to make and makes great leftovers.
Very Versatile - Use boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken breasts or even pressed tofu. Anything will work with this easy keto recipe. You can always add some fresh chopped cilantro, chopped scallions or green onions or some diced peppers.
Easy to make - This healthy sesame chicken is so amazing and actually comes together in 15-20 minutes. You can't beat that when it comes to a great tasting keto dinner recipe. Plus, since it is made at home, it is much cheaper and healthier than any Chinese takeout!
AMAZING Leftovers - As much as I love eating this for dinner, I actually like just as much (if not more!) the next day for lunch. To reheat the keto sesame chicken, simply pop it into the microwave and heat for about 1 minute or until heated through.
Doubles Easily - Since Mr. Grumbles and I often fight over the leftovers, I often double the recipe so we can eat for several meals. Sometimes, I just make the sauce and drizzle it over any leftover meat or vegetable that we have...yes, the sauce is THAT good!
You probably already have all of the ingredients to make this healthy sesame chicken tonight!
- Chicken - I like to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs since I love both their texture and that chicken thigh meat does not dry out as quickly as chicken breast but I have used chicken breasts as well.
- Sugar-Free Honey - I used ChocZero Sugar-free Honey but you can use any sugar-free honey
- Sugar-Free Ketchup - I like using either G.Hughes or Heinz sugar-free ketchup
- Sweetener - I used Lakanto Golden which is a brown sugar substitute since it adds a nice depth and colour to the sauce
- Vinegar - This is another essential sauce component. Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar can be used. Vinegar adds a little acidity to the sauce and a little tanginess as well.
- Soy Sauce - I do not think you can make Asian food without using soy sauce! Any type of soy sauce or coconut aminos will work
- Toasted Sesame Oil - This is by far my FAVOURITE type of oil so I use it in any and all recipes that I possibly can!
- Garlic Powder and Salt - Adding some garlic powder and some salt adds additional levels of flavour. However, if you are watching your salt intake, feel free to omit it from the sauce and only add it if needed.
- Xanthan Gum - Xanthan gum is whisked into the sauce after it has been quickly heated in the microwave to help thicken the sauce
See the recipe card for quantities.
This healthy keto chicken recipe is really easy - whisk together the sauce ingredients, brown the chicken and then combine the two until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken. Here are some additional pictures for this easy keto recipe.
In a large glass measuring cup (or medium bowl) whisk together all the sauce ingredients, except for the xanthan gum.
Heat the sauce in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or until hot. Whisk in the xanthan gum and set the sauce to the side.
Add the cut chicken to a greased skillet and cook on medium-high heat until the chicken begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Turn the chicken and brown the other side, for about 2 minutes.
Pour the sauce over the chicken and bring the sauce to a boil. Cook on medium for about 5-7 minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken.
Remove the skillet from the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken even more before serving.
Hint: The chicken is not supposed to be fully cooked before adding the sauce as it will continue to cook at the same time as the sauce is thickening.
I have made this several times and all of the substitutions below taste great!
- Chicken Thighs - instead of chicken thighs, use chicken breasts
- Honey - use sugar-free maple syrup, allulose syrup or tapioca fiber syrup instead.
- Vegetarian - use chopped firm tofu that has been drained
For Whole30 and Paleo options, use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and date paste for the sweetener and tomato paste instead of ketchup.
You can swap out a few ingredients to create all kinds of different flavours but here are some of my favourites.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes or some hot sauce while cooking to imbue heat into the dish
- BBQ - add sugar-free BBQ sauce instead of the ketchup
- Colour - add cooked soybeans or bean sprouts for an additional low carb Asian twist!
See this easy Weeknight Keto Mongolian Chicken for a different easy keto recipe!
You only need a skillet and a bowl to make this easy sesame chicken recipe. Make sure to spray or add some oil to the pan before searing the chicken or the chicken could get stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Store this easy sesame chicken in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. You can also freeze individual portions for an even easier weeknight keto dinner. Simply pull the container out in the morning and allow it to thaw in the sink. By the time you get home, a quick reheating in the microwave and your dinner is ready to go!
Heating the sauce before whisking in the xanthan gum allows for the xanthan to be whisked into the sauce effortlessly. However, if clumps of xanthan remain after whisking, simply heat it for an additional 30 seconds in the microwave before whisking again.
- 1.5 lbs chicken thigh meat, boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch sections and patted dry
For the sauce:
- ⅓ cup sugar-free honey
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sugar-free ketchup
- 2 tbsp brown sugar substitute
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp xantham gum
- 1-2 teaspoon sesame seeds
Prepare the sauce:
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar-free honey, soy sauce, ketchup, sweetener, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, garlic powder and salt (do not add the xantham gum!). Whisk the ingredients and microwave on high for about 1 minute. Remove from microwave and whisk to dissolve sweetener (if sweetener will not dissolve, place the bowl back in the microwave for an additional 30-60 seconds and whisk again until the sweetener dissolves).
- Once sweetener has fully dissolved, whisk in the xantham gum and set the sauce to the side.
Prepare the Chicken
- Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add the cubed and patted dry chicken and allow it to brown (3-5 minutes).
- Add the sauce to the skillet and stir to coat the chicken. Allow the mixture to boil and thicken, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken even further. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!
- see post for substitutions
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Main meals
- Method: Stove-top
- Cuisine: Asian
- Diet: Gluten Free
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 272
- Sugar: 3.8
- Fat: 18
- Carbohydrates: 5
- Fiber: 1
- Protein: 17
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