Super crispy crunchy chicken coated with thousands of nutty sesame seeds, dipped in the ultimate tangy homemade sweet and sour sauce! Do you have that ultimate dish that you enjoyed as a child or maybe it’s from a restaurant that has now closed down or is too far away from you, but you can still taste it and yearn for it often? Well, meet my long distance lover, this sesame chicken! I am beyond thrilled to be writing this recipe today.
This sesame chicken is from a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant in Tualatin, OR, where I grew up, and they are known (at least by my family) for having killer sesame chicken. For most of my life, I knew this to be sesame chicken and I had no idea that this style was very unique and hard to find. Because this is my favorite dish of all times, and it’s completely off the grid, I feel a big responsibility to spread this for the masses to enjoy 🙂
After moving to Atlanta I have dreamt of this chicken and tried finding recipes similar online but it’s literally un-googleable. Everything I find is the typical version of mushy breading doused in a brown sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds on top – no! I’ve never found this crispy sesame coated chicken anywhere else I have traveled or lived.
Since 2013 I have been trying to make this recipe and every time I failed miserably. The breading was constantly the wrong texture and taste, I didn’t know how the sesame seeds were incorporated. Ugh, I failed so many times at making this recipe that I just gave up and never bothered again until a few weeks ago. I guess building up my food knowledge over the past few years made a big difference. The process and ingredients suddenly became clear and after a good retry, it was amazing.
I am so happy to share this with you and would love to hear your comments below. And if you have any insight to the origins of this style of sesame chicken, I would LOVE to learn!