Crispy, sweet and crunchy Sesame Chicken Stir Fry is keto friendly, low carb, and sugar-free. Quick, easy and better than Chinese take out!
YOU’LL LOVE THIS DISH!
Crunchy chicken – check! Rich sesame flavor – check! Tangy sweet sauce – check! Crisp, colorful veggies – check! This dish checks all the boxes. The only thing it skimps on is carbs.
While Sesame Chicken would traditionally use honey or sugar to create a sweet sauce, keto and low carb diets mean we need to find a workaround. Read on to learn how to make the classic dish without sugar, wheat or corn!
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Sesame seeds will be used in place of breading on our chicken to add some crunch and TONS of flavor. They’re great to have around for tons of Asian dishes as well as salads and baking.
Toasted Sesame Oil
While you could make this stir fry recipe without it, the toasted sesame oil just adds SO much richness to the flavor. If you haven’t used it before, it really adds to punch and richness of the dish and is great in tons of dishes. I add it to many dishes with Asian flair but it’s also amazing drizzled on roasted veggies or to add some interest to salad dressings. Highly recommended for punching up the sesame flavor in our Sesame Chicken!
Prepping the chicken – pat it dry and slice it thinly. Shoot for slices approximately 1/4 inch thick. With uniform thickness and sizes
We’ll use sesame seeds the way you might use flour or bread crumbs to fry chicken. First, we’ll dip our chicken slices into egg and then coat in sesame seeds.
Brown the chicken in batches to allow the sesame seeds to turn golden and the chicken to crisp up.
- cutting board
- frying pan
What if my Sesame Chicken starts to burn?
Start with the heat on medium/medium-low. Add one piece of chicken to your oiled pan. It should sizzle a bit. If it doesn’t sizzle, turn the heat up a little. If it starts burning right away, turn the heat down. You want the heat high enough to toast the sesame seeds but not so high that they burn.
What if I don’t like peppers, broccoli, etc.?
Peppers complement the sauce of this recipe really well but the dish is completely forgiving. Use any vegetables you prefer, or feel free to omit vegetables altogether.
How to serve Sesame Chicken?
- These are great with cauliflower rice or cauliflower fried rice.
- Would be great made in smaller pieces and served in lettuce cups or lettuce wraps.
- Perfect with shirataki noodles.
- With cucumber salad for a refreshing side
What to drink with Sesame Chicken?
Personally, my favorite is some Kirin beer! Sparking beverages are great with heavier dishes. This would be good served with tea as well!
Refrigerate leftovers and heat in the microwave. Crispiest when consumed immediately after making.
❤️ MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- Keto Asian Spicy Sticky Wings – so good!
- Another crispy treat – Keto Crispy Kabocha Chips
- Keto Cheese Pepperoni Bites a great game day recipe
- You’ll love these Keto Kabocha Latkes
- Try this amazing Keto Bacon Cheddar Cheese Ball
Sesame Chicken, Keto & Low Carb
- Cutting board
- nonstick pan
- 1 chicken breast 6-8 oz
- 1 egg beaten
- 4 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 1-2 tablespoons avocado oil as needed to pan fry chicken
- 1/2 red bell pepper sliced thinly
- 3 oz broccoli cut into bite size pieces
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoons rice vinegar unsweetened (optional)
- 3 tablespoons allulose
- 1 teaspoon sambal oelek or sri racha (optinoal)
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger ground (you could always use fresh)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil added at the end
- 1 green onion chopped (optional)
- Slice chicken breast into even slices, approximately 1/4 inch thick.
- Starting with approximately 25% of the chicken, dip chicken slices into beaten egg, then coat in sesame seeds.
- Heat non stick pan to medium and add oil to pan. Test one piece of chicken to get the temperature right. Sesame should turn golden and not burn. Once heat is dialed in, cook this batch of chicken. Allow chicken to turn white around the edges before flipping.
- Remove cooked chicken to a a plate and repeat, cooking the rest of the chicken in small batches to avoid crowding the pan.
- Once chicken is cooked, use a paper towel to remove any excess sesame seeds from the pan.
- Add the sliced pepper to the pan and begin to cook, stirring frequently.
- Add all ingredients for the sauce and mix well. Add broccoli and cook until just tender. Return the chicken the the pan and toss in the remaining sauce.
- Garnish with green onion if desired. Enjoy!