Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

Skip the take-out and try this easy homemade version instead – it’s unbelievably crisp-tender and packed with so much flavor!

Baked Honey Sesame Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this easy homemade version instead - it's unbelievably crisp-tender and packed with so much flavor!

Forgive me if I have been making too many chicken thigh recipes lately. It’s clearly become an obsession of mine, and this Asian twist has quickly become my favorite one of all.

Baked Honey Sesame Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this easy homemade version instead - it's unbelievably crisp-tender and packed with so much flavor!

The chicken turns out to be wonderfully crisp and tender, packed with a sweet-savory goodness to it all – the absolute perfect flavor combination.

Baked Honey Sesame Chicken - Skip the take-out and try this easy homemade version instead - it's unbelievably crisp-tender and packed with so much flavor!

And it goes beautifully over a bowl of rice, especially when you mix in that leftover sauce. But you should be warned that with this sauce, you’ll just skip over the chicken and make a meal out of the rice!

Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

Skip the take-out and try this easy homemade version instead – it’s unbelievably crisp-tender and packed with so much flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. To make the sauce, whisk together honey, soy sauce, ketchup, garlic, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, ginger, Sriracha, sesame oil, cornstarch and pepper in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Stir in honey mixture.
  4. Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelized and slightly charred.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 248.0 Calories from Fat 139.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.5g 24%
Saturated Fat 5.3g 27%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 69.0mg 23%
Sodium 571.3mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 13.3g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 11.6g
Protein 14.1g 28%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.