Sesame Chicken with Quinoa

You will love this lighter Sesame Chicken with Quinoa recipe — just a simple saute served over flavorful quinoa.

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I have learned this year that any sort of conferences or events that food bloggers attend are a pretty much guaranteed 24/7 gourmet food fest.  I’m totally not exaggerating.  I’m now about three days into my time in Chicago and already — I’m stuffed!!!  And there are still four full days to go!  :)

At least I can find a little comfort in the fact that I planned ahead this time and head a pretty healthy week of meals before I left Kansas City.  And this Sesame Chicken with Quinoa was definitely one of the highlights!  (And yes, that’s the quinioa from my How To Cook Quinoa post.  If you’re new to cooking this grain, be sure to check out the step-by-step tutorial for how to whip up a quick and easy batch!)

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I know that people tend to go bonkers over a good sesame chicken dish.  I definitely love that sweet and sesame-y sauce.  But I have to be honest — the heavy deep-fried batter has never really been my thing.

So for a “lighter” sesame chicken, I decided to simply saute some chicken breasts and then serve them with a healthier sauce that has been sweetened with honey.  And then instead of brown or white rice, I served it over some yummy quinoa.

And people!!!  The result was so good!

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but I have to say that I think I loved this one even more than the original.  It was full of flavor, simple to make, not overly sweet, and definitely not deep-fried.  I would probably typically throw in a few more veggies into the saute, but for a classic sesame chicken recipe, I just served this with some fresh green onions from my CSA.

Definitely a dish I can feel much better about enjoying…and even having seconds.  ;)

Hope you all enjoy it!

Lighter Sesame Chicken with Quinoa |

Sesame Chicken with Quinoa

Traditional sesame chicken goes lighter with this simple saute, and is served over flavorful quinoa.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

Quinoa Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth


To Make The Lighter Sesame Chicken:

Season chicken breasts generously on both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute for about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through.

While chicken is cooking, whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch until combined. When the chicken is cooked through, add the green onions and soy sauce mixture to the pan and stir immediately to coat the chicken. The sauce will thicken quickly. Stir in sesame oil, then remove from heat and serve over cooked quinoa (instructions below), sprinkled with sesame seeds.

To Make The Quinoa:

You can see my step-by-step photo tutorial for how to cook quinoa here

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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Leave a Comment:


  1. Tammy Greene — March 2, 2015 @ 6:43 pm (#)

    Looks easy and delicious. Look forward to trying it. Thank you!

  2. Denita — November 5, 2015 @ 11:29 pm (#)

    Hi :) this dish is so yum, I made it for lunch and making extra to take for work. Is this diet friendly? I want to have it regulary as it tastes so good but I’m worried it might not be diet friendly as I’m trying to lose some weight. I only eat it for lunch. Thanks please let me know. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 6th, 2015 @ 10:23 am

      Thanks Denita, we’re so happy you enjoyed it! While we feel like this is a healthy dish, we unfortunately aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  3. Sue Wilbur — November 8, 2015 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and added some extra veggies (red pepper, broccoli and cauliflower). It was delicious!! So glad I have leftovers for tomorrow. I’ll definitely be making this again (and again)!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 8th, 2015 @ 6:28 pm

      Those veggies sound awesome Sue, and we’re so glad you enjoyed this! :)

  4. Eva — October 22, 2016 @ 11:14 am (#)

    Oh I’m gonna make this next week! It looks so fresh and jummy, can’t wait!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 26th, 2016 @ 1:32 pm

      Awesome, we hope you love it, Eva!


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