Gluten Free Sesame Chicken Recipe

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Allison Published: September 10, 2021
Gluten Free Sesame Chicken Recipe


How To Make Gluten Free Sesame Chicken

The marriage of sweet and savory hints elevates this healthier gluten-free sesame chicken to new heights, for a flavor-packed bite.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins


For Chicken:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, or thighs, boneless, skinless, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch, or arrowroot
  • tbsp tamari, gluten free, soy sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil

For Sesame Sauce:

  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tbsp tamari, gluten free, soy sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, or honey
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp sesame oil, toasted
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch, or arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds



  1. In a medium bowl or container, combine diced chicken with cornstarch and tamari. Toss with a fork to coat well.

  2. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of avocado oil over medium-high heat.

  3. Working in batches, add chicken pieces to the pan and cook 3 to 4 minutes on the first side and 1 to 3 minutes on the second side to cook through.

  4. Remove cooked chicken to a clean plate and repeat with remaining chicken until all chicken is cooked, adding more oil to the pan as needed.

Sesame Sauce:

  1. In a bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine water, tamari, syrup or honey, vinegar, toasted sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Whisk to combine.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch with water to make a cornstarch slurry.

  3. When the chicken is fully cooked, reduce the heat in the pan to medium-low.
  4. Add cornstarch slurry to the sesame sauce mixture and whisk to combine.

  5. Pour the sauce mixture into the warm pan and whisk over medium-low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling, thickened, and more translucent.y

  6. Return cooked chicken to pan and coat with the sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve warm!
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