Sweet & Sour Sesame Chicken

I guess the weather is taking a toll. A couple of days of rain, a house full of flu, and now I am pushing myself around like a zombie – heavy head, even heavier eyes, blocked nose, cracking ears, what not… As much as I love the winters for the coldness it brings, I hate it when it brings along with it the flu, that can just make you feel so off-sync. That is what I am exactly in a state now. So no introduction for today… straight to the recipe… πŸ™‚


Sometimes, you are not able to resist a recipe long enough to leave it as a bookmark. This was one among that. The time I saw the post, I was having dreams about this dark colored chicken pieces, with sesame bites that I had to just make it. In our home, for dinner we make just one curry, irrespective of whether it’s veg or non-veg. I know of many people who would have a non-veg or a veg side dish on days that they make dal or something similar, but in my house, my umma would cook only the dal and we would quietly eat it without any complaints. I guess I have got that habit in me as well, even I refrain from making sides unless and until I really want to eat! Hehe… so one such day, when I made dal, I made this starter and it was absolutely yum. I would suggest make it yourself to know it… πŸ™‚Β Recipe adapted from here


Sweet & Sour Sesame Chicken

Course Mains
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 350 gm boneless chicken cut into long pieces
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil to fry
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes


  • Wash and clean the chicken. Pat with a kitchen towel until dry.
  • In a bowl, add the pieces, sprinkle in the salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Add the corn flour and mix well to coat all over the chicken.
  • Break the egg on top and mix well again.
  • Shallow fry the chicken pieces in a frying pan till just cooked - you don't need to cook it completely, it just needs to be golden. Drain onto kitchen towel.
  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees. Line the chicken on a baking tray.
  • Mix all the ingredients under "for the sauce" in a bowl till the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour this sauce over the chicken. If you want, you can keep aside a little for using as a dip, but I didn't.
  • Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure that the sauce coats on the chicken.
  • Take out the chicken after 40 minutes, sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
  • Increase the temperature of the oven to 190 degrees and bake for a final 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm and enjoy as is!!! Just too good to munch on...


1. While frying the chicken, you can do it till the outer coating becomes pale or slightly pinkish.
2. You can use upto 1/2 cup of sugar for the sauce, but I didn't because I was worried about how my folks would take it. However, I would say that 1/4 cup sugar used gave enough punch for the chicken.
3. Stirring in between is really important, so that the chicken doesn't get stuck and the sauce coats well.

Join the Conversation

  1. Love this sweet and sour chicken Rafee, very nicely made… love the new look of your blog…. Wish you n your family and very Happy New Year…

    1. Thank u so much Priya…

  2. take care rafee.. yummy chicken preparation..

    1. Thank u so much Preeti…

    1. Thank u so much Priya…

  3. Lovely recipe.Looks yum yum..

    1. Thank u so much Asiyakka…

  4. Fabulous sesame chicken….

    1. Thank u so much Sanoli…

  5. Take care Dear,Delicious chicken…super tempting!!!

    1. Thank u so much Prema…

  6. Reminds me of honey chili potato!! Looks very inviting..

    1. Thank u so much Pankthi…

  7. Wow, Chicken looks delicious…Pls do take care of your health and I am glad to see you are feeding your blog on daily basis. How did you manage it sister?
    Keep growing, May Allah give you more.

    1. My drafts r saving me dear… that many I have 2 post, which I had cooked up during my madness days! Now since I'm dry on cooking, my drafts help me a lot! πŸ™‚ Jazakallah khairan dear… Aameen…

  8. hope u feel better Rafee, and the chicken looks delicious!

    1. Thank u so much Jehanne…

  9. My sis was saying the same, she said she is feeling even depressed !! I too hate winters mainly for the flu tthat comes along and also for the grey weather..really hope u get well soon πŸ™‚ Chicken looks delcious, its almost a week since I ate some chicken or Non veg so kothiyayitu vayya..will ask hubby get some parcel in the evening =D

    1. Yeah…looks so gloomy here… thanks a lot, Vinee… πŸ™‚

  10. Rafee please get well soon, may be its a way to make to get some rest πŸ™‚ and chicken looks too tempting

    1. Must be Priya… thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  11. Looks so delicious… Prefectly made..

    1. Thank u so much Gloria…

    1. Thank u so much Preetha chechi…

  12. Sweet and sour taste always goes well. With chicken no words to describe. Simply Yummmm……….

    1. Thank u so much Eliza…

    1. Thank u so much Rumana…

  13. I think I am going to dream about this sweet and sour chicken today with that sesame topping. Cant take my eyes off them πŸ™‚ Lovely Rafee.. Do take adequate rest and get well soon dear.. I love the border of your blog dear..

    1. Thank u so much Avika dear… πŸ™‚

  14. So yummy yummy….and tempting Rafee…….

    1. Thank u so much Remya…

  15. Hi Rafee,I too tried this recipe sometime in Nov from Sara's space.It is in my draft but pics were taken at night so still holding on to it πŸ™‚ The only problem in making again is photo edukaan oru piece polum kitilaa.
    Get well soon dear.

    1. Njan pinne serve cheyyunna munne eduthu with all screaming, y isn't the chicken coming??? πŸ™‚ Thank u so much dear…

  16. it looks delicious Rafee…I haven't had chicken for so many days now…had been stuck with fish , beef and lamb…ur post is making me want chicken right now..

    1. Thank u so much Anupa…

  17. chicken looks delicious…..yummm….

    1. Thank u so much Femi…

  18. For a change, this look so good!

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  19. chicken looks lovely, hope the struggles with flu are getting better

    1. Thank u so much Nammi…

  20. wud luv to have a couple fo those, straight hottt from the pan…and wow ! its baked . Healthy one..after all , no deep fry therapy here πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

    1. Shallow fry therappiyullu dear! πŸ˜› Thanks a lot Sona dear… πŸ™‚

  21. Get well soon dear.i am too depressed when i get blocked nose.yummy chicken.am inn fasting so surely am going to have this after.parcel that time.ok.????

    1. Oh blocked nose is the most depressing… thanks a lot Ramya…

  22. get well soon….eat some pepper chicken and parcel me this yummy one πŸ˜€

    1. Thank u so much Manju… that's a good 1… πŸ™‚

  23. These chicken bites look so tempting, and the recipe sounds interesting. Hope you're feeling better now!

    1. Thank u so much Ambreen… yes, feeling better…

  24. The chicken looks really good Rafeeda!! Hope you are feeling better now.

    1. Thank u so much Shibi… yes, much better…

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