Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Sesame Chicken {Copy Cat Version}

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sesame Chicken {Copy Cat Version}

One of my favorite things to get is Chinese take out. The first time I ever tried Sesame Chicken was at a Chinese buffet, I was instantly hooked. All that crispy battered chicken basted in a sweet and savory sauce so yummy. I was surprised when I saw the copy cat version at Real Mom Kitchen

It looked so good and so easy to throw together. I love trying to recreate restaurant dishes at home it is so fun, especially when they turn out so good in the end. I am definitely making this dish again. Next time I am going to try the Costco Brand Popcorn Chicken and see how it compares to the Tyson Brand.

I deep fried the chicken just like Laura said and they were so crispy and yummy. My little guy Carson did not like this dish so I put some of the chicken aside before adding the sauce so I could at least please him as well.

I did not use any sesame seeds since no one will eat them but you really could not tell a difference in the recipe. Next time I may add a splash of sesame oil for flavor. I think I will also play around with the sauce a bit and decrease the vinegar or the ketchup just a bit. One of those two ingredients were a bit overpowering. All in all I thought this was a pretty good recreation of a great take out dish.

These are the ingredients you will need:Popcorn Chicken, Sugar, Ketchup, Distilled White Vinegar, Honey, Salt & Pepper, Green Onions and Sesame Seeds optional.

Deep fry your popcorn chicken

and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.

In a wok or sauce pan, combine the remaining ingredients and warm over medium heat.

Bring to a boil while stirring and simmer until sauce slightly thickens.

In the wok or in a serving dish coat chicken with the sauce.

Serve over cooked rice and garnish with diced green and sesame seeds.

Copy Cat Sesame Chicken

1 1/2 - 2 pounds of frozen popcorn chicken
6 - tablespoons honey
4 - tablespoons sugar
salt to taste
4 - tablespoons ketchup
1 - 2 tablespoon white vinegar
a sprinkle of ground black pepper
diced green onion, optional
sesame seeds, optional

Deep fry your popcorn chicken and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. In a wok or sauce pan, combine the remaining ingredients and warm over medium heat. 

Bring to a boil while stirring and simmer until sauce slightly thickens. In the wok or in a serving dish coat chicken with the sauce. 

Serve over cooked rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Cooks Note: For some people the sauce might not be enough so you can easily double the recipe. That is what I usually do.

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Shawna said... #

OH MY GOSH....I love the idea to use popcorn chicken, Tina! This looks fabulous!

Debbie said... #

Chinese food is my absolute favorite thing to go out for. Now I can just make it at home? I'll have to give it a try. It looks great.

Meg said... #

I love Chinese food and this looks just perfect!

Krystal said... #

I would go out for chinese everyday if I could. After I had my little girl, I requested someone bring me chinese food at the hospital. I can't wait to try these!

Donna-FFW said... #

Oh this sounds terrific. I so enjoy Chinese food that can be made at home and this sounds easy peasy.

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Well it sounds like we are all chinese food lovers. Krystal I to had a friend ask me what I wanted after I had my oldest son and I said chinese to LOL I couldnt wait to eat it. I could eat asian everyday. I need to try out some more copy cat versions at home, so I will be on a hunt for some more recipes. If anyone has any please lmk.

Michelle said... #

These look delicious. It's one of my favorite Chinese dishes!

Sophie said... #

MMMMMM....looks so lovely!! Yummie!!

sherri said... #

Well, how easy is that? And it looks just like the restaurant version! Yum!

Heidi said... #

What a great idea using the popcorn chicken in the chinese dish. That would work with a lot of chinese dishes! What a great time saver. You can also feed it to the kids who turn their noses up at the chinese food sauce. What a perfect idea. You are one smart cookie Tina :)

Tiffany said... #

That looks so good. I love ordering it in a restaurant. i wonder if you could fix the chicken some other way than deep frying it? What about baking? Would it be crispy enough?

Julie said... #

What a great idea! Looks so delicious.

Mom of Many Messes said... #

Oh my tasty and EASY! I doubled the recipe and used a chicken fried rice like I was eating @ the mall! I made it for a family movie night--YUM!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Lynn said... #

This looks so good. I am going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said... #

Tina, yours turned out great, great pic. So glad you enjoyed it. It's one of my favorites.

The Manintvelds said... #

That .. looks .. awesome!

Heidi said... #

This sounds easy enough... I think I can do it! I've not had much experience with cooking chinese-ish food. I think I'll leave the sesame seeds out and try the oil in it. Thanks for sharing Tina :)

Melissa said... #

I never would have thought to deep fry the chicken. I made something similar to this, but it wasn't the same as that in a Chinese restaurant. Thanks again!

A Makeup Junkie said... #

Wholly Toledo this look AMAZING !!! I MUST make this soon : ) Thanks Tina ~

Heide M (TM) said... #

Can't wait to try this. My mouth is watering.

Anonymous said... #

I hate to say this; I tried making this and it tastes pretty bad. It tastes like really sweet ketchup. On the bright side it was pretty easy, so I didn't waste much time. However, I do not recommend it.

Tina Butler said... #

You could try reducing the ketchup by half and see if that works.