This gluten free honey sesame chicken is quick, easy to make, healthy, and perfect for lunch or dinner! It’s the perfect high protein meal that’s also gluten free, dairy free and tastes better than take-out. Serve it over white rice or quinoa and your favorite veggies!
Better than takeout gluten free honey sesame chicken
There is something about Asian food that I just love. It’s definitely one of my favorite cuisines because the dishes are packed with flavor and I must admit I just love white rice paired with sauce and veggies.
The Asian-inspired dishes I like to create are healthier and tastier than what you would get at a restaurant. I am currently drooling just thinking about the next time I’ll be enjoying this dish again. I should also add that this honey sesame sauce is addicting. I just want to have it every day! It’s just that good! The flavor is salty but sweet and slightly spicy.
I’m always in between this gluten free honey sesame chicken or the gluten free sweet and sour chicken, the sauce it’s where it’s at and I enjoy both over rice. Such a good combination!
Ingredients you’ll need
- Chicken breasts – I like to use diced skinless and boneless chicken breasts.
- Cornstarch – The secret ingredient to getting the crispy chicken.
- Oil – Feel free to use either avocado oil or vegetable oil. We’ll use this to pan fry the cornstarch-coated chicken.
- Garlic – Use fresh garlic here, no powder!
- Ginger – Adds so much flavor! I also like to use fresh ginger.
- Hoisin sauce – For a slightly sweet taste. It’s very fragrant so it’ll add a lot of flavor to our sauce.
- Maple syrup – Adds some sweetness to our sauce. Feel free to use sugar or honey.
- Soy sauce – Make sure to use the reduced-sodium and gluten-free soy sauce. If using regular soy sauce use half soy sauce half water. You may also substitute for tamari or coconut aminos.
- Sesame oil – Adds a layer of nutty flavor.
- Sriracha (optional) – For some spice!
- This gluten free honey sesame chicken is best enjoyed fresh. Make sure to prep this dish when you are ready to eat. Once cooked, serve immediately to avoid the chicken losing its crispiness.
- Use a non-stick pan to pan fry the chicken and make sure to add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. You will later lay the cooked chicken over paper towels to help absorb any excess oil.
- Pair this recipe with rice, cauliflower rice, and any veggies you have on hand. Asparagus, spinach, broccoli, peppers, or green beans all work great!
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Gluten Free Honey Sesame Chicken
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
This gluten free honey sesame chicken is crispy and coated in the tastiest sauce! Serve it over white rice and your favorite veggies.
- 400 g chicken breast, diced
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- Oil, to coat the bottom of your pan
Honey sesame sauce:
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 inch ginger, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp gluten-free hoisin sauce
- 3 tbsp maple syrup (sub sugar or honey)
- 2 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce (or tamari)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp sriracha
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water (to mix the cornstarch in)
- 1 green onion, chopped
- Sesame seeds
- First, we’ll prep the chicken. In a medium bowl, add the chicken and season it with some salt. Add the cornstarch and mix until everything is evenly coated. Let rest in the fridge while we prepare the honey sesame sauce.
- In a sauce pan, heat some oil over medium heat. Sauté the minced garlic and sliced ginger until light golden brown and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Then, stir in the hoisin sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil, and sriracha. Let cook over a gentle simmer stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, cook the chicken. In a medium pan, pour enough oil to coat the bottom of your pan. Heat the oil over medium heat. Cook the chicken on both sides, making sure it’s cooked through. When done, lay the cooked diced chicken over some paper towels and gently pat it. It should absorb most of the oil.
- In 1/2 cup of water, add the cornstarch and mix until no clumps remain. Pour it into the honey sesame sauce and stir for about 5 more minutes.
- Mix the chicken with the honey sesame sauce. (This can be done directly in the saucepan or in a bowl.)
- Top with chopped green onions and sesame seeds!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
Couldn’t find hoisin sauce at the store, but it came out really good. The chicken came out really tender and crispy, the sauce was delicious. This recipe is delicious!! definitely doing it again soon!
Hello there, i’m planning on making this recipes tomorrow… do you believe it’s possible to not use hoisin sause? I really can’t find it in my county
Hi Benedetta! For this recipe there isn’t a great substitute. You could try to leave it out, but you will probably need to increase the quantity of other ingredients for more flavor. Or you could try substituting hoisin for teriyaki sauce, but I haven’t tried it!
I’m having a hard time finding a GF hoisin sauce. Do you have one that you recommend? You should probably also specify that the soy sauce needs to be GF because it’s sneaky.. most people may not realize that there is typically gluten in soy sauce. My husband was just diagnosed with Celiac last month and we just realized this fact ourselves! 🙂
Hi Jenny! Thanks for the remark, I have already updated it on the post :). For a gluten-free hoisin sauce, you can try tamari hoisin sauce, which is 100% soy and contains no wheat, or you can try Kikkoman’s gluten-free hoisin sauce. If you can’t find them in the supermarket try Amazon. Hope these help!