Sweet sesame chilli chicken

Sweet sesame chilli chicken

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Make this easy Chinese favourite at home with pak choi, ginger and sweet chilli sauce - cheaper and much tastier than getting a takeaway

Nutrition and extra info

  • without noodles or rice

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal277
  • fat10g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.4g
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  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 5cm/2in piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 300g pak choi, trimmed, leaves separated and larger leaves halved
    Pak choi

    Pak choi


    This member of the cabbage family has a number of different names, including…

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce, plus extra to serve
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • egg noodles or rice, cooked, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large saucepan. Add the onion and stir-fry for 5 mins until turning golden. Add the garlic, ginger, chicken, pak choi and sesame seeds, and stir-fry for 5 mins or until the chicken is cooked.

  2. Mix the cornflour with the soy sauce, chilli sauce and lemon juice. Add to the pan and stir-fry for 1 min. Serve straight away with extra soy sauce and egg noodles or rice, if you like.

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Ali123456's picture
3rd Aug, 2018
It was ok. Not great, not bad. Not going to cook it again.
19th Aug, 2015
Tasty and quick recipe - definitely recommended!
19th Aug, 2015
Really tasty, super easy to make - recommended!
2nd Oct, 2014
Nice and easy recipe, tastes good on its own.
15th Sep, 2014
this was a "pleasant" surprise ! didn't bother with onion, used a dash of sesame oil as i didn't have the s/seeds, chucked in a small handful of not-so-finely chopped spring onions at the end. a little sweet, but next time will add a little fresh red chilli. def better than most takeways i remember in the UK (have lived in Hong Kong for 17 yrs)... not so gloopy or oily. NICE.
12th Sep, 2014
Perfect - huge hit with the 4, 6 and 10 yr old kids. Easy to make and 6 yr old had a big input in making. Served with rice.
8th Sep, 2014
Loved this chicken dish. Didn't have any pak choi but used a selection of other stir fry veg...very tasty and will definitely make again.
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