Sweet Sesame Chicken

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Sweet Sesame Chicken

Tired of boring plain chicken? Me too. That’s why I’m always looking to create easy and healthy chicken recipes that taste great, just like this sweet sesame chicken. Its mild enough to please almost everyone, and the sweetness sure hits the spot.

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This marinade would also be fabulous with chicken breasts. I just wanted to use skinless drumsticks to switch it up, and it definitely tastes richer using the dark meat.  I love asian chicken recipes, and this one is probably my favorite this far. The sauce is seriously drinkable!

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The sauce itself is pretty runny, and I didn’t bother to thicken it, but you most definitely good. 1 Tbsp of cornstarch mixed with a bit of water to thicken the sauce after the chicken is cook would work great. Just remove the chicken from the dish, add the cornstarch mixture and whisk, return to the oven for a couple minutes to let it boil, and it should thicken right up. Add the drumsticks back in and viola! A thick gravy if you wish!

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This recipe would please adults and children. The sweetness of it would most definitely appeal to the kids, although I like almost everything sweet too 😉

Sweet Sesame Chicken
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This Sweet Sesame Chicken is a healthy and easy chicken recipe. Quick to make on a weeknight, and the leftovers make a great lunch.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Yield: 8
  • 16 chicken drumsticks (bone-in, skin removed, my package was 1.84 kg) *could also use chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp sugar-free honey (I used Nature's Hollow) *could also sub for extra honey
  • 2 packets stevia *omit if using all regular honey
  • ¼ cup Braggs all-purpose soy seasoning *could also use lower sodium soy sauce or tamari (for gluten free)
  • 2 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Garnish: 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix together all the sauce ingredients in your baking dish (everything except drumsticks and sesame seeds garnish.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 40-50 minutes. Cut in and check near the bone to see if its done. Chicken legs can be tricky. May be done on the outside, but not near the bone.
  4. Make sauce into gravy if desired (instructions above in the photos), or simply garnish with sesame seeds.
Serving size: 2 drumsticks plus ⅛ of sauce Calories: 201 Fat: 7.2 g Carbs: 9.1 g Sugar: 4.9 g Sodium: 218 mg Fiber: 0.1 g Protein: 24.4 g