Baked Sesame Chicken

5 from 2 votes

My Baked Sesame Chicken is seasoned with delicious Chinese Five Spice, white pepper, soy sauce, and toasted sesame seeds. Combined with a sweet and zesty honey glaze, each crunch is filled with flavor from the inside out. Serve with white rice for a filling and satisfying meal!

overhead: baked sesame chicken on square white plate

Recreating my restaurant favorites can be a challenge, but oh-so rewarding when I capture that flavor and texture just right. And my baked sesame chicken tastes like you just pulled it out of a takeout container — only fresher, crisper, and more tender.

While it can be hard to get a nice crust without frying, these Asian baked chicken thighs are nice and crispy without using any excess oil. This is because I coat the meat in frothy egg whites to help the meat crisp up quickly and easily. 

The best part? This entire recipe takes just 30 minutes!

Leftover sauce is great to serve on the side for dipping. I also find this dish delicious with my multi-flavored Chinese Chili Oil if you want a bit of heat and nuanced flavors. For similar texture and flavor, try these Sticky Asian Short Ribs and braised Chinese Pork Belly.

side view of baked sesame chicken
red pin marks shanghai on map of china and surrounding countries


  • Chicken – This recipe makes enough sauce and includes baking instructions for 2 pounds worth of boneless thighs, my preferred cut for baking.
  • Soy Sauce I use soy to marinate the meat and to build up flavor in the honey glaze. 
  • Egg Whites Commonly used to make baked meats extra crispy and crunchy, this helps the sesame seeds adhere for that perfect crust.
  • Rice Flour – A popular ingredient in Asian cooking. Coating the meat, we’ll achieve a wonderfully crisp texture without frying.
  • Sesame Seeds – Loved as much for their aroma and texture as for their taste. They’ll toast while baking, making them even nuttier and giving the dish a pleasant crunch.
  • Chinese Five Spice – Prepare this popular seasoning blend right at home! Warm, rich, and complex in flavor.
  • White Pepper – A hot pepper with herbaceous notes that are delicious with the honey and lemon in the glaze.
  • Sauce – Sticky and sweet, we’ll pair our Asian baked chicken thighs with a delicious combination of:
    • Honey Raw, organic honey is always your best bet with sauces.
    • Lemon Juice A common companion for honey. Lime juice can be substituted, though it doesn’t have the same sweetness.
    • Oyster Sauce – Rich, tangy, and salty. It has a unique, strong flavor, but could be replaced with fish sauce if needed.
ingredients in bowls for sesame chicken


1. Prepare for Baking. While your oven is preheating to 425°F, prepare your baking pan by lining it with tin foil and coating with a generous amount of cooking spray.

2. Marinate the Meat. Place the meat in a bowl with soy sauce, tossing so that each piece is well coated. Let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk just the whites of an egg until light and frothy. In a third bowl, combine the rice flour, sesame seeds, Chinese Five Spice, and white pepper until fully mixed. 

3. Season and Dredge. Transfer the meat to the egg whites, again tossing so that everything is fully coated. Dredge the thighs in the seasoned flour, pressing with your fingertips to help it stick.

pan with ready to bake sesame chicken

4. Bake. Arrange the thighs on the baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes.

5. Mix the Honey Glaze.  While the meat is baking, prepare the honey glaze. Pour the honey, lemon juice, oyster sauce, and soy into a bowl. Stir everything together.

cooked sesame chicken

6. Let Cool and Glaze.  Remove the thighs from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes before brushing with the honey sauce. 

adding glaze to sesame chicken

7. Serve.  Baked sesame chicken goes great with steamed white rice and with any leftover sauce on the side.

I also like to serve this with my Chinese Chili Oil for an extra flavor explosion. The chilis are steeped with an array of spices and heat is minimal, but flavor is WOW!

drizzling sauce onto sesame chicken with spoon

How long does it take to bake chicken thighs? 

These asian baked chicken thighs take 18 minutes to cook through to a safe internal temperature of 165°F.

Is baking meat healthier than frying? 

Yes, it is. When you fry something, it generally soaks up some degree of oil, adding unhealthy fats to the meal.

Baking, however, eliminates the need for frying when trying to get that crisp crust. In this recipe, I use egg whites to achieve a nice crunch, no oil required!

cooked chicken breasts coated with sesame seeds, plated on bed of white rice

What does it mean to “dredge” in flour? 

Dredging simply means to coat meat or vegetables in flour or breadcrumbs before baking or frying. Dredging is usually preceded by coating whatever you’re cooking in some kind of liquid to help the coating stick. 

In my recipe, we coat the meat in soy and egg whites and dredge them in rice flour seasoned with sesame seeds and rich Chinese spices.

How long does baked sesame chicken last in the fridge? 

Like most cooked meats, leftovers will remain safe to eat in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Still Hungry?
Subscribe to my Newsletter, follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube for all my latest recipes and videos.

overhead: baked sesame chicken on square white plate

Baked Sesame Chicken with Honey Sauce

5 from 2 votes
Oven Baked Sesame Chicken is brushed with a sweet and tangy honey sauce. Create a sticky, crunchy, and savory bite that can’t be beat.
Servings: 4
Prep: 12 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 30 minutes




  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the chicken and soy sauce, set aside and marinate for 10 minutes. In another medium bowl beat the egg white until frothy. In another medium bowl whisk together the rice flour, sesame seeds, Chinese Five Spice and white pepper.
  • Add the chicken to the egg white, tossing to coat evenly. Dredge each piece of chicken in the in the sesame flour mixture, gently pressing to adhere to both sides.
  • Spread pieces out on prepared baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the honey, lemon juice, oyster and soy sauce. Set aside.
  • When chicken have finished baking, allow to cool for 5 minutes. Brush the chicken pieces with the sauce. Serve with steamed rice and any remaining sauce. I also like to serve this with my Crispy Chinese Chili Oil, optional.


Calories: 801kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 222mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 693mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 390mg | Iron: 7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: main dishes
Cuisine: Chinese
Author: Kevin
Have You Made This Recipe? Let Me Know on InstagramTag @keviniscooking or tag me #keviniscooking!
overhead view of sesame chicken on plate


I was bitten by the cooking bug as a kid cooking and baking along side my mom. After an ROP restaurant course in high school, I went to work in restaurants and catering. My love of travel and food has led me across the world and I love to share those foods with family and friends.

Free Bonus
Kevin's Guide to Amazing International Cooking
My secrets to authentic & delicious international recipes

Explore More

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    Hi Kevin.. I made your Baked Sesame Chicken last night… it was a huge hit! Looking forward to trying the biryani next. 

  2. cant wait to make this soon can i use mushrooms and more soy sauce will use my air fryer for this i never had baked sesame chicken before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday