Sticky sesame chicken recipe (with or without chilli!)

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At this time of year it’s important to have a few recipes under your belt that can do double time as fantastic dinners and delicious picnic fare – and this recipe for sticky sesame chicken is just that.

Scrumptious eaten hot or cold, this is a summertime favourite from my family table and picnic cooler. And just like that, you’ve levelled up to Masterchef status with the kids!

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  • Makes : 4
  • Prep time : 10 mins
  • Cooking time : 30 mins

Sticky sesame chicken recipe

  • ½ cup light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, crushed
  • pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)
  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • sesame seeds
  • a handful of coriander, chopped
  • fresh red chilli, thinly sliced to garnish (optional)


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and lightly oil a baking dish.
  • Combine the soy, fish sauce, honey, oyster sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, lime juice, garlic, ginger and chilli flakes (if using) in a bowl and mix together.
  • Place the chicken in the baking dish and pour over the sauce. Turn the chicken in the sauce to make sure it’s been coated thoroughly.
  • Place in the hot oven and allow to bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the chicken is nicely caramelised in colour, sticky and cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven, plate up and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top, along with the coriander and red chilli slices (if using).


  • Enjoy hot with steamed vegetables and rice, or cold with salad. Either way – delicious!
  • You can double the chicken without having to double the sauce recipe to serve more – it will just need to be cooked for longer. 
  • Not everyone in my family is big on chilli, so typically I serve this sticky sesame chicken on a rectangular platter – half is daintily sprinkled with sesame seeds and deftly sprinkled with coriander, while the other half looks like the morning after New Year’s, so heavy handed am I with garnishing. It’s a celebration plate. Kind of. Or at least if you love chilli as much as we do.
  • This recipe is originally from Simply Delicious before being tweaked and embraced by my brood.

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