Keto Sesame Chicken

Sesame chicken is a super yummy staple of any Chinese restaurant. This keto sesame chicken is light, fresh, and delicious!

Savory Keto Sesame Chicken


Sesame chicken is a Chinese-American dish that’s popular throughout the United States. In many ways, it’s similar to General Tso’s chicken; however, traditionally, sesame chicken aims for a more sweet taste than its spicier counterpart.

Usually, this dish is found in Chinese buffets and is heavily battered. The sauce is also full of sugar and other added ingredients.


By using the right cut of chicken (chicken thighs) and monk fruit sweetener, you can easily make this famous dish keto-friendly. We still use many of the same ingredients that give the sesame sauce its famous taste without all of the sugar.

Savory Keto Sesame Chicken


Believe it or not, the ingredient list needed to make delicious keto sesame chicken is relatively short and simple. You’ll need to make sure you have the following items on hand before making this recipe.


Surprisingly, sesame chicken is extremely easy to make. The directions below should take you right through the simple perparation and cooking process. The most important part is letting the sesame sauce reduce and thicken properly.

If you don’t thicken the sauce as it needs to be, it will affect the overall taste of the chicken. You should always aim for a nice thick sauce, as you might remember from the processed version in restaurants. A thickened sauce will stick to the chicken and provide a richer flavor.

If you need or want a more in-depth look at the cooking process, check out the video below in the recipe card.

Savory Keto Sesame Chicken


For keto, definitely use chicken thighs. They are a fattier cut of chicken, especially when compared to breast meat. The thighs will also provide a juicier, more tender bite after the dish is cooked.

The thighs also have a better fat to protein ratio. This is especially helpful to those who are looking to achieve certain macros each day.

If you are looking to simply make this dish low-carb and are not concerned with a certain level of fat, you can easily use chicken breasts. The breasts are much lower in fat but higher in protein. As a reminder, a lower fat to higher protein ratio is not recommended if you are aiming to be keto.

Savory Keto Sesame Chicken


An easy and delicious side dish to have with your keto sesame chicken is a variation on our Keto Cauliflower White Rice. Simply follow the recipe as written, but add 1/4 cup liquid aminos to it as you are cooking it. That will give it a nice soy sauce flavor much like fried rice.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something with a bit of spice to it, our Low-Carb Spicy Roasted Broccoli is another excellent option.


There are several varieties of sesame oil you can purchase. Unrefined, refined, and toasted are three main variations you might see on your local supermarket shelves.

You really could use any of the three, but we recommend using either unrefined or toasted sesame oil. Refined oil is mostly used for deep frying and doesn’t have the nice sesame flavor you are looking for.

Toasted sesame oil has a deeper, richer flavor profile than unrefined and will have a much bolder taste.

If you want to know more about the different types, check out this great article by The Spruce Eats that discusses each type in more detail.

Savory Keto Sesame Chicken

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Keto Sesame Chicken

Keto Sesame Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Sesame chicken is a super yummy staple of any Chinese restaurant. This keto sesame chicken is light, fresh, and delicious!



  1. Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized chunks
  2. In a wok over medium-high heat, combine the liquid aminos, minced garlic, sesame oil, xanthan gum, water, and pinch of salt
  3. In a non-stick skillet, coat the bottom with olive oil and cook the chicken thigh chunks
  4. As the chicken chunks are almost done, heat the sauce mixture to high and bring it to a rolling boil
  5. Add the chicken to the sauce and stir constantly until the sauce thickens and the chicken is well coated
  6. Remove from heat and ladle chicken and sauce over some of our Super Easy Keto Cauliflower White Rice
  7. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1/3 cup
Amount Per ServingCalories 450 Total Fat 35g Carbohydrates 3g Protein 40g
Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from an online food databse. All carbohydrate counts are calculated as net carbs instead of total. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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  1. Great video! I am very impressed by the amount of detail covered in your video. I cannot imagine any question about your recipe that was not fully addressed. I’ve been cooking for decades and am very comfortable in the kitchen but it so nice to see this done so that even a brand new cook can make this following your directions.

  2. Hello, making this tonight but I’m going to have to wing it a little because there is 1/4 c water listed in the ingredients, but there is no mention of it in the directions… I’m guessing it goes in the sauce but my husband says not to use it since it isn’t listed in the directions.. Please revise the recipe so help fix the confusion.

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