This paleo sesame chicken recipe is a healthy version of a classic Chinese take out meal with minimal effort! Tender pieces of chicken fried in a crunchy sesame coating and slathered in a sweet and tangy Whole30 approved sauce…what’s not to love?!
When I was little, Chinese food was always one of my favorite family restaurant options. We didn’t go out often, but when we did, Chinese food was always a regular choice. I can only imagine at some of the ingredients used to create those deep fried chicken dishes I so loved.
MSG? Likely. Processed vegetable oils? Most definitely. And sugar? Probably a given!
Now, I know better. I know the quality of the food I put IN to my body really does have an impact on my health and well being! So to relive those nostalgic restaurant memories from my childhood…I create healthier versions of Chinese food everyone can enjoy!
Paleo Breading Options for Chinese Food:
- In this recipe, I have chose to coat the chicken pieces in a simple breading of egg whites and cassava flour. It is simple, straight forward, and totally delcious.
- A mix of coconut and tapioca flours can also be used.
- If you do rice, rice flour or sweet rice flour are both options.
How to Get a Sweet Flavor for a Whole30 Sauce?
I have used multiple version for a slight sweetness. While honey or stevia work for a Paleo version, for those doing a Whole30, no sweeteners of any kind are allowed. My two favorites for this sauce are pineapple (puree or juice) and apples (sauce or juice). They lend a subtle sweetness to the end product that is equally addicting and totally delicious!!
As a general rule of thumb, if you are doing a Whole30, turn to your fruits to sweeten! Some dishes and sauces lend themselves perfectly an all fruit sweetener!
Paleo Sesame Chicken Serving Suggestions:
- Serve this atop any favorite Asian slaw! I make a dressing of avocado oil, sesame oil, coconut aminos, and vinegar! Topped with this sesame chicken, it becomes a full meal!!
- Serve with some Whole30 Sriracha. Regular ole Sriracha has sugar, plus some preservatives. Here is a Paleo one sweetened with honey you could try, or this one is even Whole30 compliant!
- Serve with your favorite cauli rice, or white rice as allowed
- Steamed broccoli
- Sauteed green beans
More Paleo Asian Dinners to Try:
- Paleo Baked Bao Buns
- Quick Asian Stir Fry (using ground meat)
- Instant Pot Chicken Adobo
- Paleo Cashew Chicken @ I Heart Umami
- Paleo Orange Chicken @ The Clean Eating Couple
Chinese Paleo Sesame Chicken Recipe:
Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken
- 1/3 cup cassava flour
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt may use 3/4t sea salt and 1/2t garlic powder instead
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast cut into bite size pieces
- 3 tablespoons whipped egg whites or 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda this tenderizes the chicken
In a small bowl, whisk together the coating ingredients and set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until fluffy, and mix in the soda and water. Stir in the chicken pieces, and set aside.
Mix together the sauce ingredients, set aside.
Preheat a heavy bottomed large skillet over medium heat ( I love my cast iron for crisping foods!)
Prepare you assembly line next to you preheated pan: first the chicken, followed by the coating mixture.
Once your pan is preheated, add 2 tablespoons coconut oil, swirling to coat pan evenly.
Grab several pieces of chicken then press into the coating, placing coated pieces into the hot pan. Do not overcrowd the chicken or it will not crisp properly, work in batches if necessary.
Let the first side brown, then using tongs, flip the chicken pieces over to crisp the other side, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Once the chicken is crisped and cooked through, pour the sauce into the hot pan, stirring to release any bits. Let it simmer about a minute to reduce, then stir your chicken back into the sauce, coating evenly.
nutritional info calculated using honey