Crispy sesame lemon chicken

Make our crispy sesame lemon chicken for a quick, easy and flavour-packed family dinner. Scatter with spring onions and serve with your favourite sides.

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 280
  • fat 8g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 26g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 26g
  • salt 1.05g


  • 600g chicken breast fillets, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 2tbsp cornflour
  • 5tbsp plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • large pinch of white pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced, to serve
  • cooked noodles, to serve (optional)
  • 2tsp cornflour
  • 2 unwaxed lemons, zested and juiced
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp soy sauce
  • 2tsp sesame seeds
  • 2tsp sesame oil


  1. To make the sauce, tip the cornflour into a bowl and whisk in the lemon zest and juice until any lumps disappear. Add the honey, soy, sesame seeds and sesame oil and mix again. Set aside.

  2. Combine the cornflour, flour, baking powder, ¼ tsp salt, the pepper, beaten egg and 4 tbsp water in a large bowl. Tip in the chicken pieces, gently tossing to coat.

  3. Heat the vegetable oil over a high heat and fry the battered chicken pieces in batches for 6 mins per batch until golden and cooked through. Remove the cooked chicken and transfer to a plate or tray lined with kitchen paper.

  4. When all the chicken has been cooked, return all of it to the pan, still over a high heat, pour in the sauce and toss to coat – the sauce will thicken and cling to the chicken. Scatter with the spring onions and serve with noodles, if you like.

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