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Healthy Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps

”Healthy sesame chicken” doesn’t have to mean “worse sesame chicken.” Try this irresistible at-home sesame chicken recipe with lettuce wraps and you’ll wonder why you’ve had it any other way.

These are sesame chicken lettuce wraps. There are big pieces of lettuce with pieces of toasted sesame chicken. The chicken is orange and brown and topped with sesame seeds and green onions.

What is sesame chicken?

Sesame chicken is one of those American takes on Chinese food that isn’t going to win any authenticity contests (are those a thing?) but is nonetheless ragingly popular here in the States.

What makes sesame chicken stand out? Compared to General Tso’s chicken, which is supposed to be spicy, sesame chicken is sweeter, with a sesame flavor provided not only by seeds on top but also by sesame oil in the sauce.

Healthy sesame chicken

How do you make healthy sesame chicken? As you might have guessed, the technique isn’t going to rely heavily on deep frying. Instead, you’re going to cook the chicken—which is coated in cornstarch—in a skillet with just enough oil to keep things from sticking.

Because you’re making the sauce from scratch, you have a fair bit of control over what does and doesn’t make it in. The result is a dish that’s free from a lot of questionable ingredients that you get when mass-produced, overengineered Big Sauce is in play.

Take down Big Sauce. Make yours from scratch.

These are sesame chicken lettuce wraps. There are big pieces of lettuce with pieces of toasted sesame chicken. The chicken is orange and brown and topped with sesame seeds and green onions. A hand is holding up the lettuce with chicken.

Sesame chicken lettuce wraps

Another easy win in the health department is serving this healthy sesame chicken on lettuce wraps. Crispy lettuce is the perfect compliment to these flavor-packed bites of chicken.

That’s not to say that this isn’t also great over rice or lo mein or whatever your base of choice might be. It sure is! But lettuce wraps

Sesame chicken ingredients

CHICKEN INGREDIENTS:

  • boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • cornstarch

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

  • soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • chicken broth
  • sesame oil
  • honey
  • sriracha
  • ginger (grated)
  • garlic (minced)
  • sherry or apple cider vinegar
  • sesame seeds
  • red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • salt
  • pepper
These are sesame chicken lettuce wraps. There are big pieces of lettuce with pieces of toasted sesame chicken. The chicken is orange and brown and topped with sesame seeds and green onions. There are two plates with 3 lettuce wraps on each plate.

How do you make sesame chicken from scratch?

This healthy sesame chicken recipe is so quick and easy!

  • Add all of the sauce ingredients to a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Place the chicken and cornstarch in a large bowl. Mix until all of the chicken is coated in cornstarch.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to cover the skillet. Once the oil is covering the pan, add half of the chicken. Cook for about 10 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees internally.
  • Add half of the sauce mixture to the skillet and stir. After 30 seconds, turn the heat to low so that the chicken and sauce can simmer together for about 4 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Repeat with other half of chicken & sauce.
  • Remove chicken from the pan. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.
  • To portion, divide into 4ths; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total food weight (not including dish) by 4.
  • Add chicken to lettuce wraps and enjoy!

What do you serve with sesame chicken?

  • Romaine hearts or iceberg lettuce
  • Green onions sliced
  • Sesame seeds
  • Rice
  • Crab Rangoons
  • Broccoli
  • Egg Rolls
  • Spring Rolls

How can I store this?

I put this in a Tupperware container and keep it in the fridge for up to three days.

How can I reheat this?

This healthy sesame chicken comes roaring back to life after a quick go in the microwave. I haven’t tried any other reheating methods, but let me know if you do!

These are sesame chicken lettuce wraps. There are big pieces of lettuce with pieces of toasted sesame chicken. The chicken is orange and brown and topped with sesame seeds and green onions. There are little plates with lettuce wraps on each one.

Is sesame chicken healthy?

If you’ve been around the site, you know that I love to remind folks that healthy food depends on context. What are your overall goals? What else are you eating? How can this fit in?

That said, this sesame chicken definitely fits within a healthy nutrition plan, especially for the health-conscious modifications it makes over traditional takeout. For me, a recipe hits a sweet spot when it delivers on these healthy elements but also brings some serious taste to the party.

What else can I make?

If you’re looking for some more recipe inspiration, why not try one of these Jordo’s World favorites?

These are sesame chicken lettuce wraps. There are big pieces of lettuce with pieces of toasted sesame chicken. The chicken is orange and brown and topped with sesame seeds and green onions.
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Sesame Chicken Lettuce Wraps

”Healthy sesame chicken” doesn’t have to mean “worse sesame chicken.” Try this irresistible at-home sesame chicken recipe with lettuce wraps and you’ll wonder why you’ve had it any other way.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: lettuce wraps, sesame chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Ingredients

CHICKEN INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • ¼ cup cornstarch

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp sherry or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

TO SERVE:

  • 1 bag romaine hearts or iceberg lettuce
  • 1 bunch green onions sliced
  • sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Add all of the sauce ingredients to a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Place the chicken and cornstarch in a large bowl. Mix until all of the chicken is coated in cornstarch.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to cover the skillet. Once the oil is covering the pan, add half of the chicken. Cook for about 10 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees internally.
  • Add half of the sauce mixture to the skillet and stir. After 30 seconds, turn the heat to low so that the chicken and sauce can simmer together for about 4 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Repeat with other half of chicken & sauce.
  • Remove chicken from the pan. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.
  • To portion, divide into 4ths; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total food weight (not including dish) by 4.
  • Add chicken to lettuce wraps and enjoy!

Notes

  • This dish is gluten and dairy free. 
  • To make vegetarian: Use tofu instead of chicken
  • For extra carbs: Serve with rice or veggies

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 10.5g
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