Battered and Deep Fried Sesame Chicken

Looking for the battered and fried keto chicken recipe version? Follow the battering recipe and deep frying instructions for my Keto Orange Chicken, but use this low carb sesame chicken recipe for the sauce.

A plate of Low Carb Sesame Chicken, served on Cauliflower rice.

Sesame Chicken Ingredients

This recipe is made mostly from simple, easy-to-find, real food ingredients. As always, I have some notes and possible substitutions for you:

Sugar Free Sesame Sauce

Brown Sugar Substitute - I use Swerve Brown Sugar Substitute. This is a key ingredient, I don’t recommend subbing for anything other than a different brand of brown sugar sub.

Chicken Broth - You can use store bought or homemade, just check the ingredients and nutrition on store bought.If you’re making a vegetarian version, you can swap this for a vegetable broth

Soy Sauce - I use gluten-free soy sauce, as regular soy sauce is made with wheat. You can use coconut aminos / liquid aminos in place of soy sauce.

Rice Vinegar - You can use apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar if you want to.

Everything Else:

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Xanthan Gum
White Sesame Seeds
Grated Ginger
Garlic Cloves
Sesame Oil

Non- Sauce Ingredients

Chicken: I use boneless skinless chicken breast, but you can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer.

Broccoli: I use fresh broccoli, cut into small florets. If you’d prefer a different veggie, green beans or baby bok choy work well.

A plate of Low Carb Sesame Chicken, served on Cauliflower rice.

Easy Sesame Chicken

The full recipe follows - in the recipe card at the end of this post - but here is the pictorial walkthrough of the basic steps, with some additional information and tips

In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar substitute, xanthan gum, and crushed pepper flakes.

Note: Make sure the xanthan gum is well distributed in the mixture, to prevent clumping in the sauce. The additional ingredients prevent the xanthan from binding to itself in clumps.

Add this mixture to a medium saucepan, along with remaining sauce ingredients. Whisk until smooth.

Bring to a simmer over medium heat until it thickens slightly. Remove from heat, set aside while you cook the chicken.

A 5 part image showing the sauce being made.

Cut the chicken into thin slices, or 1-inch pieces - whichever you prefer. Season with a little salt and black pepper.

In a large skillet or nonstick pan, saute chicken pieces in olive oil over medium-high heat until browned on all sides.

Note: You can use toasted sesame oil for additional flavour, or swap the olive oil for avocado oil or vegetable oil if you want to.

Add broccoli to the pan, continue cooking until broccoli is heated through and chicken is fully cooked.

Add sauce to the pan of cooked chicken. Heat just enough to warm the sauce.

A 5 part image showing the chicken and broccoli being cooked, then the sauce added.

Serve immediately, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Sometimes I’ll garnish with some sliced green onions, as well

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

A plate of Low Carb Sesame Chicken, served on Cauliflower rice.

What to Serve Keto Sesame Chicken With

We generally serve this dish with a side of cauliflower rice, or on a bed of it.

If you’re more into noodles, this goes well with shirataki noodles. I recommend rinsing them for 2 minuts, drying them well, then frying them in a dry pan before serving.

If you’re more for serving it IN something, than ON something, you can skip the fake starch and use a slotted spoon to serve this low carb sesame chicken in lettuce wraps.

Note:

If you’re not someone who likes to have certain foods touching, you can leave the broccoli out of the sesame chicken preparation, and serve it with a side of steamed broccoli if you’d like.

A plate of Low Carb Sesame Chicken, served on Cauliflower rice.

More Asian & Asian Fusion Keto Recipes

Craving Chinese take out, a Vietnamese dish, or sushi? Try some of these low carb chinese food recipes - and more!

Egg Roll in a Bowl
Keto Gyoza [Potstickers]
Singapore Mai Fan Style Zoodles
Keto Pad Thai
Low Carb Shanghai Noodles
Easy Keto Ramen
Keto Fried Cauliflower Rice
Easy Keto Stir Fry
Keto Sushi Rice
Low Carb Vietnamese Noodle Salad
Keto Orange Chicken
Sugar Free Furikake Seasoning

... but wait, there's more! Be sure to check out our Low Carb Asian Inspired Recipes section, as well as our International Keto Recipes section for even more options!

A plate of Keto Sesame Chicken, served on Cauliflower rice.

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A plate of Keto Sesame Chicken, served on Cauliflower rice.

Keto Sesame Chicken

Missing Chinese takeout while low carbbing? This Keto Sesame Chicken recipe really scratches that itch! Make it with or without batter.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 222kcal

Equipment

  • Large nonstick pan

Ingredients

Sesame Sauce

  • ¼ cup Swerve brown
  • 2 teaspoon Xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Grated Ginger
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil

Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 2 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Trimmed, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 head Broccoli cut into small florets (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoon Sesame Seeds

Instructions

Sauce

  • In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar substitute, xanthan gum, and crushed pepper flakes.
    Make sure the xanthan gum is well distributed in the mixture, to prevent clumping in the sauce.
  • Add this mixture to a medium saucepan, along with remaining sauce ingredients. Whisk until smooth.
  • Heat over medium, simmer until it thickens slightly. Remove from heat, set aside while you cook the chicken.

Chicken

  • In a large nonstick pan, saute chicken in olive oil until browned on all sides.
  • Add broccoli to the pan, continue cooking until broccoli is heated through and chicken is fully cooked.
  • Add sauce to the pan, allow to heat through.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled generously with sesame seeds.

Notes

11.5 grams of carbs per serving come from erythritol. Add that to the 6 grams of fiber, and you're deducing 17.5 grams from the 25 grams per serving, for a total of 7.5 net grams of carbs per serving.
This is assuming you're not battering and frying the chicken.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 759mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1114IU | Vitamin C: 137mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 2mg

A plate of Keto Sesame Chicken, served on Cauliflower rice.

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