Baked Chinese Sesame Chicken

baked chinese sesame chicken
Sesame Chicken is one of the popular Chinese chicken recipes which is generally deep fried.  This recipe is a healthier baked version.

Chicken Breasts - 2 (about 400 gms)
Soy Sauce - 1 tbsp
Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Honey - 1 tsp
Cayenne Pepper/Red Chilli Powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Chipotle Seasoning - 1 tsp (optional)
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
All Purpose Flour or Corn Flour - 1/2 cup
White Sesame Seeds/Til - 1 1/2 tbsp
Black Pepper Powder/Miri - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Oil preferably Olive oil - 4 tbsp

How to make Baked Sesame Chicken:
1. In a mixing bowl, add soy sauce, vinegar, honey, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp chipotle (or any spice mix) seasoning, turmeric and 1/4 tsp salt.  Mix well and add chicken pieces (bite size) to this marinade.  Mix and keep it covered and preferably refrigerated for 2 - 3 hours. 
2. You can also add 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste to the marinade if you like.  Add salt keeping in mind that soy sauce and vinegar have salt in them.
3. In a food safe plastic bag, add all purpose flour, sesame seeds, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp chipotle seasoning, black pepper powder, 1/4 tsp salt and mix.  Add the marinated chicken pieces (discard the leftover marinade) in the bag.  Shake the bag so that the chicken pieces are coated well.  Instead of a plastic bag, you can use a big plate or tray.
4. Preheat the oven at 375 deg. F for 10 minutes.  Line the baking tray/dish with aluminium foil or parchment paper.  Add the flour coated chicken pieces on the baking dish and spread them evenly.  Drizzle oil all over the chicken. 
5. Bake the chicken uncovered at 375 deg. F for about 8 minutes.  Flip/Toss the chicken pieces and cook them uncovered for another 7 - 8 minutes.  Cooking time may vary.  Cut a comparatively bigger chicken piece to check if chicken is cooked.
6. Serve crispy tasty Honey Sesame Chicken as an appetizer.


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