Easy Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken

Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked in skillet with cilantro leaves. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked in skillet with cilantro leaves. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Sometimes I feel like a short order cook in my house.  But this recipe is a Quickie that everyone in my family loves!  This EASY Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken is quick to make and mouth wateringly yummy!  The fantastic marinade and sauce is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat.  It will please any ‘chicken-is-boring’ naysayers and kids love it for the sweet and salty sauce.  Win Win in my house! 

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Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro.  It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Versatile Ideas for Serving Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken

Raise your hand 🖐 if you need more versatility and flexibility in your busy life!  Well, this recipe falls right in that camp, since I have ideas for serving cold or hot. 

Serving this chicken cold makes it a great meal prep option to bring to work the next day or just a lighter dinner.  It would be great with a flavorful creamy and crunchy Sesame Asian Coleslaw Salad or a nutty and hearty Veggie Quinoa Salad.

For serving hot for dinner, you can certainly go real simple with roasted veggies or pairing it with plain rice or quinoa.  Or, how about a Super Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

Ok, let’s get prepping!

Bite of Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken on a fork over more sliced on a plate with rice. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR SESAME SWEET CHILI CHICKEN

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

In a storage bag or storage container, add the Chili Sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and 1 tsp of sesame seeds (leave some for garnish). Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts.

Chili Sauce about to be poured into a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Minced Garlic about to be poured into a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Sesame Oil about to be poured into a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Sesame Seeds about to be poured into a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Hand mixing ingredients in storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Raw Chicken Marinating in a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours.  You can also freeze the chicken in marinade at this point and use it up to 4 months later!

 

COOK YOUR SESAME SWEET CHILI CHICKEN  

When you’re ready to cook, remove the marinated chicken breasts from the marinade using tongs, saving the marinade to cook.  Add the chicken to a preheated skillet with olive oil.  Sear for 2-3 minutes until the the chicken starts to char. Because of the sugar in the sauce, you need to be careful that the chicken doesn’t burn. It’s ok to get a little char as that will be lots of flavor.

Raw Chicken getting seared in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Flip the Chicken and sear for another 2-3 minutes. Then add 1/4 cup water and the remaining marinade. Cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.

Chicken cooking with char in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cooked Chicken in sauce in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Aluminum covering skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner. Let rest for a few minutes.

Cooked Chicken in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices. This should give you about 5-6 slices.

Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Serve with rice or veggies, spoon some of the sauce on top or serve it on the side. Then garnish with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro leaves

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Bite of Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken on a fork over more sliced on a plate with rice. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Easy Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken

This EASY Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken is quick to make and mouth wateringly yummy!  The fantastic marinade and sauce is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat.  You can prepare it days ahead, tt takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #sauce #sweetchili #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #glutenfree #dairyfree

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword chicken, chicken dinner, easy dinner, easy recipe, meal prep, sweet chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic, Minced (1 clove)
  • 2 tsp Sesame Seeds 1 tsp for marinade, 1 tsp for garnish
  • 16 oz Chicken Breasts
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Fresh Cilantro for garnish optional

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. In a storage bag or storage container, add the Chili Sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, and 1 tsp of sesame seeds (leave some for garnish).  Mix together, then add the raw chicken breasts.

    Hand mixing ingredients in storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  2. You can marinade the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour up to 8 hours.  

    Raw Chicken Marinating in a storage bag propped up in a bowl for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat a skillet on high and add Olive Oil.  Remove the marinated chicken breasts from the marinade using tongs, saving the marinade to cook.  Add the chicken breasts to the hot skillet.  Sear for 2-3 minutes until the the chicken starts to char.  Because of the sugar in the sauce, you need to be careful that the chicken doesn't burn.  It's ok to get a little char as that will be lots of flavor.

    Raw Chicken getting seared in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  2. Flip the Chicken and sear for another 2-3 minutes.  Then add 1/4 cup water and the remaining marinade.  Cover the skillet and cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F degrees or the chicken feels firm with a little give.  

    Cooked Chicken in skillet for Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken recipe. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  3. Uncover, turn off the heat and move the skillet off the hot burner.  Let rest for a few minutes.  Then remove the chicken and slice it on a bias in 3/4 inch slices.  This should give you about 5-6 slices.

    Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes
  4. Serve with rice or veggies, spoon some of the sauce on top or serve it on the side.  Then garnish with sesame seeds and fresh cilantro leaves.

3 thoughts on “Easy Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken


  1. I made this for dinner last night, only I threw it in the instant pot bc I didn’t have time to cook. Shredded it and served it over rice. My entire family ate it up, and my husband declared that I need to “put it on the list of favorites!” Will definitely be making this again!!

    1. Thanks, Ashley!! So happy you all loved it and love the tip to make it in the Instant Pot!!
      Happy Cooking! Carrie


  2. Oh my goodness!! You have definitely made my mouth water looking at these photos. The combination of your ingredients makes this recipe sound so incredibly yummy. What a bonus too that you can make this dish in 30 minutes. As always Carrie, thanks so much for sharing!

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