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

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
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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.

Cilantro Lime Yogurt Chicken & Sweet Peppers

Cilantro Lime Yogurt Chicken, Peppers & Broccoli on a pan with sauce

I recently posted a One-Pan Parmesan Chicken & Asparagus Recipe and have received such great feedback on it that I created another one-pan dish: Cilantro Lime Yogurt Chicken & Sweet Peppers…with Broccoli too!

Tangy, Salty, Creamy, Moist, Citrusy, and DELICIOUS! This Cilantro Lime Yogurt Chicken & Peppers is a one-pan wonder that is so simply paired with a crusty bread, rice, orzo, Quinoa, or pasta! The yogurt marinade tenderizes the chicken helping to keep it moist and tender as it cooks. The flavors seep into the meat and coat the outside so when it roasts, it gets this sweet and salty crust. The mini sweet peppers are not only cute, but so delicious and sweet. The broccoli is crunchy and crisp and completes this delicious meal.

Why do I love one-pan recipes?

  1. They are easy! Easy cooking, easy clean up
  2. They are tasty! Roasting in the oven means food gets browned and natural flavors come out
  3. They are versatile!  You can create so many options with the proteins, vegetables, & flavors

For this recipe, you start by marinating the chicken with a delicious yogurt marinade.  Marinades of course add flavor, but they can also tenderize proteins, as is the case with a yogurt marinade.  It is believed that the calcium in dairy products activates enzymes in meat that break down proteins, thereby making the meat more tender.  This cilantro lime marinade adds such amazing flavor and makes the chicken so tender so as it roasts in the oven it says moist, juicy, tender and so flavorful.

To start, add 1/4 cup yogurt to a bowl with the juice of 1 lime, minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper.

Mix and then add the marinade to a baggie with the chicken, seal the bag, then smush the marinade around the chicken pieces so that all are coated with the marinade. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 8 hours before cooking.

Spray a large cooking sheet pan with Olive Oil cooking spray and place the the whole mini peppers & broccoli florets on the pan. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil over top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss with hands to coat every veggie with the oil and seasoning.

Add the chicken pieces with marinade to the pan, spreading the veggies around the chicken. Cook for 25-30 minutes in a 375 F degree oven or until the chicken reaches a 165 degrees F internal temperature.

While the chicken is cooking, make the Cilantro Lime Yogurt sauce to pour over top.  Add 1/2 cup yogurt to a medium size bowl with the lime zest. juice from a quarter of the remaining lime, 1 teaspoon cilantro, and 1 teaspoon scallion greens.  Finally add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.  Mix to combine.

I love all of the amazing colors in this dish that make the presentation on a platter so amazing.  You can serve it with rice, orzo, quinoa, or pasta.  OR EAT IT ALONE!!  Serve with a sprinkling of cilantro, scallions, and a drizzle of the Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce.

Enjoy!

 

Cilantro Lime Yogurt Chicken & Peppers

Tangy, Salty, Creamy, Moist, Citrusy, and DELICIOUS!  This Cilantro Lime Yogurt Chicken & Peppers is a one-pan wonder that is so simply paired with a crusty bread, rice, orzo, Quinoa, or pasta!  The yogurt marinade tenderizes the chicken helping to keep it moist and tender as it cooks.  The flavors seep into the meat and coat the outside so when it roasts, it gets this sweet and salty crust.  The mini sweet peppers are not only cute, but so delicious and sweet.  The broccoli is crunchy and crisp and completes this delicious meal.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Limes
  • 3 Scallions
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 Small Bunch, Cilantro
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 8 oz Mixed Mini Sweet Peppers
  • 2 cups Broccoli florets
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cooking Spray, Olive Oil

Instructions

Pre-Ahead

  1. Zest 1 lime and set aside in an airtight bowl.  Save the lime that was zested in a separate airtight baggie or container so it doesn't dry out.  Wait to juice the 2 limes until ready to cook.

  2. Thinly slice the scallions, keeping the whites and greens separated. Peel and mince the garlic.  Chop 2 tablespoons of the Cilantro.  If doing this step 1-2 days before cooking, keep everything separated in 1 storage container or in separate baggies.

  3. Cut the chicken breasts into large pieces about 2-3 inches each, not bite-size.  Store in sealed 1-gallon plastic bag.

Yogurt Marinade

  1. Add 1/4 cup yogurt to a bowl with juice of 1 lime (use the zested lime), minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of cilantro, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper.  Mix to combine.

  2. Add the marinade to the baggie with the chicken, reseal the bag, then smush the marinade around the chicken pieces so that all are coated with the marinade.  Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to 8 hours before cooking.

Roast the Chicken, Peppers, and Broccoli

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Spray a large cooking sheet pan with Olive Oil cooking spray and place the the whole mini peppers & broccoli florets on the pan.  Drizzle 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil over top.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss with hands to coat every veggie with the oil and seasoning.

  3. Add the chicken pieces with marinade to the pan, spreading the veggies around the chicken.  Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken reaches a 165 degrees F internal temperature. 

Make Sauce

  1. While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce to pour over top.  Add 1/2 cup yogurt to a medium size bowl with the lime zest. juice from a quarter of the remaining lime, 1 teaspoon cilantro, and 1 teaspoon scallion greens.  Finally add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.  Mix to combine.

Plate

  1. This one-pan recipe is great on its own, but you can definitely make rice, pasta, quinoa, orzo, or couscous on the side.  

  2. Plate the chicken, peppers, and broccoli and garnish with a drizzle of the Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce and a sprinkling of cilantro and scallion greens.