The Best Honey & Sesame Chicken
Recipe Type: Main Courses
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
Forget about chinese takeouts because this is literally the best Honey & Sesame Chicken, period.
  • 400 g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 1-1.5 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp finely chopped spring onion
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
Marinade for chicken
  • ½ tbsp Shoaxing wine
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
Honey sauce
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 tbsp maltose
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp plum sauce
  • 1 tbsp chilli sauce
  • 50 ml water
  1. Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl. Coat the marinade ingredients with cut chicken. Set aside for 1 hour.
  2. About 15 minutes before cooking, remove chicken from the fridge to bring to room temperature. Heat wok with sufficient oil to deep-fry. Coat chicken pieces with tapioca starch and deep-fry till crispy, golden brown and cooked through. Remove, drain and set aside.
  3. Mix the sauce ingredients in a separate bowl, except star anise. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok and saute star anise until fragrant. Pour in the sauce and bring to boil. Add fried chicken pieces and stir fry until the gravy is absorbed. To serve, sprinkle with sesame seeds and finely chopped spring onion. Oh, and don’t forget to accompany with ye ol’ faithful steamed rice.
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