square white bowl from overhead on light blue wooden board filled with cruncy fried chicken peices with a a bright cabbage slaw and green chopsticks

Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken

With tender pieces of crispy chicken and a sweet sauce coating the whole dish, this quick and easy meal will become a family favorite in no time!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 314 kcal
Author Tessa



  • 1/3 cup cassava flour
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 tablespoons whipped egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda this tenderizes the chicken


  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon mirin or white wine, omit for Whole30
  • 1 tablespoon honey OR a few drops stevia OR for Whole30 use 2 tablespoons apple or pineapple puree or juice


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the coating ingredients and set aside.
  2. 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.

  3. Mix together the sauce ingredients, set aside.
  4. Preheat a heavy bottomed large skillet over medium heat ( I love my cast iron for crisping foods!)

  5. Prepare you assembly line next to you preheated pan: first the chicken, followed by the coating mixture.

  6. Once your pan is preheated, add 2 tablespoons coconut oil, swirling to coat pan evenly.
  7. 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.

  8. Let the first side brown, then using tongs, flip the chicken pieces over to crisp the other side, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  9. 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.
  10. Enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

nutritional info calculated using honey

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 1574mg68%
Potassium 336mg10%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 147mg15%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.