Recipe courtesy of Simon Pearce

Sesame Chicken with Spicy Dipping Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 8 hr 36 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 8 hr
  • Cook: 6 min
  • Yield: 5 servings
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1 small minced onion

3 cloves minced garlic

One 1/4-inch piece peeled fresh ginger

6 ounces lemon juice

6 ounces olive oil

3 ounces soy sauce

3 ounces dark rum

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons salt

5 chicken breasts

1 cup toasted sesame seeds

2 cups all-purpose flour

Sesame Noodles, recipe follows

Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Mesclun Greens

Spicy Apricot Sauce, recipe follows

Sesame Noodles:

1 pound fresh angel hair pasta

1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves chopped

1 bunch chopped scallions

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup canola oil

1 ounce boiling water

Spicy Apricot Sauce:

2 cups apricot glaze

1 cup balsamic vinaigrette

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1/2 cup mirin


  1. In a food processor, combine the onion, garlic, and ginger and pulse to mince. Place in a bowl and combine with the lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce, rum, crushed red pepper, sugar, and salt. Shake, or stir well, before use. Cut the chicken breast into 2-inch strips. Put in plastic bag or tub with marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Combine sesame seeds with the flour. Dredge marinated chicken strips in the flour-sesame mixture. In a skillet, heat enough canola oil to lightly coat the bottom of the skillet until hot, but not smoking. Cook chicken strips, on both sides until golden brown. Transfer to a shallow roasting pan and finish in the oven.
  4. To assemble:
  5. Toss the Sesame Noodles with some Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette and some fresh mesclun greens. Place the noodle salad on a plate and top with the cooked sesame chicken. Drizzle some Spicy Apricot Sauce over the chicken. Garnish with pickled ginger and a side of the apricot dipping sauce.

Sesame Noodles:

  1. Cook angel hair pasta in boiling, salted water for 2 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Add the cilantro, scallions, olive, and sesame oils. Combine well.

Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette:

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for the water, in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds. Then add the water and blend for another 10 seconds.

Spicy Apricot Sauce:

  1. Put all ingredients in a saucepan, and heat until the glaze melts. Whisk until smooth, and serve at room temperature. Add water if it gets too thick.
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