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Sesame Oil Chicken

Cook this delicious and quick 30-minute Chinese dish with sesame oil, chicken breast, and ginger that is healthy and a classic Chinese confinement dish for new Moms.
Chinese sesame oil chicken.

Chinese sesame oil chicken.

Sesame oil chicken is one of the easiest and tastiest Chinese stir fry to master. The combination of chicken, sesame oil, and plenty of ginger makes this a classic Chinese confinement dish.

I cook this dish regularly since it’s delicious and so easy to prepare. I think it’s a shame to only prepare this dish for new Moms, don’t you think? ;)

Ingredients for sesame oil chicken: chicken breast, sesame oil, ginger, goji berries, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, cilantro, salt, sugar, and pepper.

Ingredients for sesame oil chicken: chicken breast, sesame oil, ginger, goji berries, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, cilantro, salt, sugar, and pepper.

Ingredients for sesame oil chicken

The main ingredients for this dish are sesame oil, chicken breast, and ginger.

The sauce is a mix of Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, sugar, pepper, and water.

I add goji berries since I always have them in my pantry. Plus, they just fit with the overall healthy dish theme of this dish.

You can skip the garnish if you wish, but some thinly sliced scallions or cilantro perks the dish up and make it look fresh and enticing.

Chinese sesame oil chicken.

Chinese sesame oil chicken.

How to cook sesame oil chicken

Heat a wok until hot over medium-high heat, then add sesame oil and sauté ginger until fragrant.

Add chicken breast cubes and stir for 30 seconds. Add Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, sugar, and ground white pepper. Stir until the chicken is no longer pink.

Pour water into the wok and bring to a boil. Add goji berries and mix well. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked and tender.

Thicken the sauce with cornstarch slurry, and continue stirring until the sauce is thick.

Turn off heat, add thinly sliced scallions/cilantro (if using), and gently toss to mix well. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with steamed white rice.

Chinese sesame oil chicken.

Chinese sesame oil chicken.

Sesame Oil Chicken

5.0 from 2 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson

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Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 inch ginger, peeled and cut into match sticks
  • 500 gram (~ 1 lb) skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • cornstarch slurry (1/2 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water)
  • 2 tablespoon scallions/cilantro, sliced/chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat a wok until hot over medium-high heat, then add sesame oil and sauté ginger until fragrant.
  2. Add chicken breast cubes and stir for 30 seconds. Add Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, salt, sugar, and ground white pepper. Stir until the chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Pour water into the wok and bring to a boil. Add goji berries and mix well. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked and tender.
  4. Thicken the sauce with cornstarch slurry, and continue stirring until the sauce is thick.
  5. Turn off heat, add thinly sliced scallions/cilantro (if using), and gently toss to mix well. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with steamed white rice.
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Comments

  • Yi @ Yi Reservation Yi @ Yi Reservation says:

    Easy and delicious! Love this chicken dish stir-fried in sesame oil!

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef Dedy@Dentist Chef says:

    Wow, finger licking good, one of my growning up dish... As a Bataknese descent, we used to threat the newly giving birth mother woth this kind of this too!

    • Anita Anita says:

      Yup, Chinese family too. Anything with lots and lots of ginger in it is supposed to be good for new Mom :)

  • Louise caulfield Louise caulfield says:

    Thank for you for blog and recipes! I just got back from a month of travelling Malaysia and bought lots of herbs and some sesame oil in Penang. Going to make chicken herbal soup tonight :) thank you!

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