Crispy Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice

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Crispy Sesame Chicken

Crispy Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice

This Crispy Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice recipe quickly went viral when I shared it on my social media accounts for the first time. It has now been viewed over 15 million times and is still one of my most searched for and most made recipes. It’s the perfect meal to make when you feel like the convenience of takeaway, but with the comfort of home cooking. This meal comes together quickly and is on the table in less than 20 minutes. Crispy chicken is coated in a thick, sticky, sesame soy sauce and is served with a simple fried rice. Here you have two meals in one: you can serve the sesame chicken with noodles or steamed rice if you prefer, and the fried rice is the perfect accompaniment to your favourite stir-fries, making it the perfect family dinner to enjoy any night of the week. 

  • Total Time: 17 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale

Fried Rice


  • 500 g chicken thigh fillet, diced (chicken breast works well too)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup corn flour/cornstarch
  • Oil to fry (see note 1)


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tamari or all-purpose soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp corn flour/cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water (see note 2)
  • 1 spring onion/scallion, finely sliced to serve


Fried Rice

  1. Heat the butter on high heat in a large pan. Add frozen vegetables and eggs. Cook until the eggs become firm (for 1-2 minutes).
  2. Add rice and tamari or soy sauce. Cook for 2 minutes and set aside.


  1. Combine the chicken, egg, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper and corn flour in a large bowl. The ingredients will form a thick paste around the chicken.
  2. Heat the oil on medium heat in a large pan and fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes until golden (see note 1 for oil options).
  3. Set the chicken aside to drain on a paper towel.


  1. In a large pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the tamari or all-purpose soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken. Add the corn flour and water if the sauce is too thin or 1/4 cup water, 1 tbsp at a time, if it is too thick (see note 2).
  2. Return the chicken to the pan and stir to coat evenly.
  3. Serve the fried rice topped with the chicken and spring onions.


Note 1 – Good quality olive oil can be used for frying, but if a neutral taste is preferred, use canola or vegetable oil.

Note 2 – The sauce should be able to coat the chicken easily. The consistency should be a little thinner than honey. If the sauce is too thin, add the corn flour and water mixture 1 tbsp at a time to thicken, and cook for 1 minute or until thickened. If the sauce is too thick, add 1/4 cup of water, 1 tbsp at a time.


Best cooked and served immediately.


Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days. Microwave to reheat. The chicken will soften but will still taste amazing.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: pan, simmer
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Crispy Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice, Crispy Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice recipe


Crispy Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice is best cooked and served immediately.

Yes, Crispy Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Microwave to reheat. The chicken will soften but will still taste amazing.

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  1. nomes19

    this is AMAZING my kids loved it! they asked why didn’t I make more of the chicken and less vegetables!!!

  2. Evangeline

    I have to say the ONE egg for chicken isn’t enough! I had to use two eggs for batter but otherwise perfect dish

  3. Brooke

    Very tasty dish, kids loved the chicken!
    I definitely got carried away with adding the corn flour to the sauce and ended up with sauce too thick which i think off balanced the dish because I was too impatient to correct it properly…! I’ll probably have either plain rice with it next time or just dial back the tamari. Will definitely be making it again though! Thanks for the recipe

  4. Shelley

    Hi! What is corn flour and is there something I can sub it for if I don’t have it? Thank you!

  5. Tamara

    One of my fav recipes! Have it on rotation.

  6. Bridget

    I completely FAILED at this… Not sure what I did wrong!? I guess frying is not my strong skill…. uh oh! Family still ate it but… maybe that’s because they were hungry lol

  7. Monique

    Absolutely delicious!

  8. Bonnie

    Our family loves this for a weekend lunch! So delicious, so simple, taste Devine

  9. Angela

    This is fantastic and a super yummy recipe that will defiantly be made in this household again.

    • Nicole

      So wonderful to hear, thank you SO much for taking the time to write, means so much to me! x

  10. Anne

    Another yummy recipe from you, thanks! This is a quick and easy to cook meal that all the family loved. We added cashew nuts into the pan with the chicken at the last minute.

    • Nicole

      Ooooh I LOVE those additions! Delicious! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write, means so much to me! x

  11. Amita

    I have honestly made this more than 30 times, it’s now become a favourite in our household. Look so much so, that I started making it with 500g of chicken for 2 adults and 2 kids and had to increase to 1kg because they keep picking at the chicken. They can’t get enough. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe!

    • Nicole

      😂 this is fantastic to hear! Thank you so much for trying the recipe and taking the time to comment – I am so glad it has been as much of a hit at your place as it’s been at ours! x

  12. Alexandra

    Love this recipe. I need to make again.

    • Nicole

      I feel the same way! Thank you so much, so glad you love it as much as we do! Nic x

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