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Quick Honey Sesame Chicken

Quick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Quick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

This post is sponsored by Tyson Chicken and The Daily Meal. I received a package of Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips to develop a recipe with, however all thoughts and opinions, glowing, gushing, or otherwise are 100% my own.

There are many foods I don’t miss since having gastric bypass surgery.  There have been many foods I have been able to walk away from and never look back.

But there are a few things I do miss. I miss having a big bowl of cold cereal. I miss being able to eat Jello.  (I know, can there be anything more typical Utahan to say than I miss Jello?)–Wait, did I just call myself a ‘Utahan’???

Geez! But before I moved to Utah, Jello salads (sans green stuff with carrots) were a staple on every holiday table, now I can barely eat a bite before I pay the consequences. I also miss fried chicken.

Luckily (or not so, if my doctor is reading this), I can OCCASIONALLY enjoy a small amount of fried chicken.  I will usually eat a small piece like a wing or if I am really ambitious, a drumstick.  Nothing makes me feel more like a little kid than gnawing on a fried drummer.

For the most part, my daughter follows my diet, but I do give her more carbs than I eat since she’s a growing girl and very active. But she gets the same lean protein, and as many veggies as I can get into her.  But she is no stranger to the crispy strip or chicken nugget. Sometimes dinner is on the run or needs to be convenient. Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips have been great to have on hand during those times I need dinner fast.

Quick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

I accepted a challenge issued by The Daily Meal and Tyson Chicken to make a creative dinner using Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips. Nothing gets me more excited in the kitchen than a challenge.

But I truly owe this recipe to my daughter.  Since it’s just she and I, the poor kid has to listen to me talk about recipes with her when I’m certain she much rather be watching My Little Pony. But when I said I was going to make chicken, she asked me if I was going to make the orange (as in color, not flavor) Chinese chicken like we had the other night.  I looked at her, smiled, kissed her, and hugged her until she cried out “mooommmmm, stop, let me go”.  Perks of being mom, squeezing your kid until they squeal!

Off to the kitchen I went to make my own version of Honey Sesame Chicken. Thanks Kiddo!

Oh, I should tell you, this was done before the rice cooker chimed that the rice was ready…truly a meal under 30 minutes.

Quick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Quick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaQuick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Quick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Quick Honey Sesame Chicken

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: Asian, Chicken, easy dinner, Easy Recipe, Honey, Sesame
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Quick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips (about 10 strips)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 gloves garlic; minced/grated
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil; divided 2/1
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds; plus more for garnish
  • 4 green onions; chopped

Instructions

  1. Allow the Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips to thaw enough to cut or microwave for about 90 seconds.
  2. Cut the chicken strips into cubes; set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the honey, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, rice wine vinegar, and garlic; set aside
  4. In a large pan or wok, heat 2 tbsp of sesame oil.
  5. Once hot, add the chicken, quickly flash frying it, making sure the oil has coated each piece. The chicken should have a slight 'wet' appearance.
  6. Add the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil, mix well.
  7. Pour in the sauce and bring to a low simmer.
  8. Add the tablespoon of sesame seeds and half of the chopped green onions, mix well.
  9. Once the chicken is warmed through, serve over rice, if desired.
  10. Garnish with the remaining green onions and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Quick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La CerdaQuick Honey Sesame Chicken is a super quick, Asian inspired meal that the whole family will love and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

 

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    January 29, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I have been struggling to come up with quick and easy dinners that are different than our typical fare, these looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, I know my whole family will love it!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      This really was fast! If you’re serving rice, get it started first.

  • Reply
    Dan from Platter Talk
    January 29, 2015 at 11:05 am


    Stunning and delicious looking, as always. Excellent job on this recipe challenge!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you Dan….but you are stiff competition in this challenge…I have seen your offering…delish.

  • Reply
    Lila Asnani
    January 29, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I am most definitely going to give this a try. My daughter only eats chicken or turkey so I know she will love this! Thanks for sharing and fab pictures. 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 29, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Lila, I hope your daughter enjoys this, as well as you too. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Julie@Sweet and Spicy Monkey
    January 29, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    What a delicious looking dish! The orange color turned out beautiful too, your daughter must be proud of her mom of making something so orange and yummy! Thanks for sharing! Pinned 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 30, 2015 at 1:31 am

      Thank you Julie. My little girl love it (minus the green onions) and had a second plateful.

  • Reply
    betty
    January 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    This really looks good and simple to make. Who dosen’t like simple and fast today.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 30, 2015 at 1:32 am

      Thank you Betty, hope you all enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Whitney
    January 29, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    This looks delish, which is exactly what id expect from Michelle!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 30, 2015 at 1:32 am

      Thank you for the kind words Whitney.

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    January 29, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Omg I want to make this! Looks so easy and deliciousness! I make orange chicken all the time but it’s time to change things up a bit! Thanks for this great quick and easy recipe!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 30, 2015 at 1:33 am

      Thank you Stephanie, I think you’ll love it.

  • Reply
    Lori
    January 30, 2015 at 7:31 am


    A fantastic idea, really. I was thinking about it last night and honestly I think I would enjoy that chicken even if I peeled off all the breading around it (I have been know to do that).

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 30, 2015 at 10:37 am

      You are not alone, that is how I eat fried chicken when served and I cannot enjoy the skin, it will peel off easily for you.

  • Reply
    Darla Bentley
    January 30, 2015 at 8:04 am

    My Kids will LOVE this!! I’m excited to make it.!
    You have been in Utah a long time and while Utahan is grammatically correct, a real Utah-ite spells it Utahn. I didn’t consider myself a real Utahn until recently, but an article I read told the definition of a Utahn and I fit it much of the profile! I love you NoCal, but I’ve been here too long and I fit the Utahn bill. Oh! and when you say the word, don’t forget to draw out the middle of it as if you’ve very briefly been possessed by a Texan!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 30, 2015 at 11:41 am

      See, I can’t claim to but a Utahn, since I spelled it Utahan! Ha! Yes, I do have a touch of southern in me with the Texas stay…It’s funny how the 18 month long sojourn is still with me all these years later.

  • Reply
    The Drunken Cyclist
    January 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I just stumbled across your blog and wow! Tons of great stuff here. This recipe in particular since my wife is Asian and will no doubt love this! Cheers!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 30, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s a yummy recipe, but I can’t claim it to be authentic, more “American” Chinese. 😉

  • Reply
    Kevin | keviniscooking
    January 31, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Love the simplicity of this quick and easy dinner and that sauce sounds like it’s fantastic!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Kevin, it is REALLY good, and I’m my worst critic. 🙂

  • Reply
    Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
    February 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm


    What a yummy dish Michelle! I wasn’t aware you had gastric bypass surgery and am so happy to hear you are doing well. Although I didn’t have surgery, have lost 90+ pounds myself and know how challenging this life-changing process is.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 1, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you Linda. I yo-yo’d for years with weightless. Due to my age, time was of the essence in order to have a child-No regrets with the surgery. Congratulations to you with your weightless journey. It truly feels amazing.

  • Reply
    Nicky
    February 1, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    This looks great. I like the sauce for the chicken. It’s something different for a quick dinner.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 2, 2015 at 2:54 am

      Some nights are all about the quick meals.

  • Reply
    Shauna Smart
    February 7, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    This chicken looks like it would definitely hit the spot! I love chicken and rice!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      It’s really good Shauna, quick and easy too.

  • Reply
    Elena
    February 9, 2015 at 8:53 am


    I love fast and easy recipes! This chicken looks delicious, thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      This one is definitely fast! Enjoy, and thank you Elena.

  • Reply
    Deb
    May 29, 2015 at 7:24 pm


    Very yummy! I have been making other Chinese food dishes lately an they take a long time, I was still craving some so I made this. It is so good and so easy. I will keep this one for a long time!!!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      May 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      I am so happy to hear that. It’s been a huge hit over here too. I don’t repeat foods often, but I have had to make this one several times.

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