Crispy Baked Sesame Chicken




  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch, mixed with 2 Tablespoons water
  • Sesame seeds, for serving



Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease it generously with cooking spray.

Trim any fat from the chicken thighs and cut them into 1-inch pieces.

Add the flour and salt to a sealable plastic bag. Add the chicken to the bag, press out any air then seal the bag shut. Shake the bag until the chicken pieces are coated on all sides.

In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs.

Add the breadcrumbs to a second shallow dish.

Remove each piece of chicken from the bag and shake off any excess flour. Dip the chicken in the eggs, shake off any excess, then dip it in the breadcrumbs, pressing to coat the chicken on all sides. Repeat the coating process with all of the chicken pieces, arranging them in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Spray the chicken pieces with cooking spray then bake them for 10 minutes. Flip each chicken piece once then continue baking until cooked through and crispy, an additional 5 to 10 minutes. While the chicken is baking, make the sauce.


In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, add the vegetable oil and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the garlic is golden brown and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Whisk in the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and brown sugar. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture comes to a boil then whisk in the cornstarch mixture and boil until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the oven and add it to a large bowl. Drizzle the sauce on top and toss to combine. Garnish the chicken with sesame seeds and serve.

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