Sesame Ground Chicken

This Sesame Ground Chicken recipe is so easy to make and can be on the table in just 15 minutes! Our kids absolutely love this dinner recipe!

I mean who doesn’t love an easy, chicken recipe for dinner? For more ground chicken recipe ideas, try these Baked Chicken Meatballs that can be used for so many meal ideas. We also love making these healthy Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps – and our kids love them too!

Ground chicken recipe with sesame sauce

Sesame Ground Chicken Recipe

Easy chicken recipes that the whole family loves are the best! Not only is this Ground Sesame Chicken easy to make, but it’s a pretty healthy recipe, too. There is some brown sugar in this chicken recipe to get that sweet and spicy flavor combo that we all love, but other than that it’s pure protein.

You can definitely cut back on the brown sugar, too if you’re looking to save some carbs and calories, but our kids love this sesame chicken just the way it is, so that’s how we tend to make it. A little bit of sugar never hurt anyone.

Sesame ground chicken recipe in a skillet

How Do You Make This Ground Chicken Recipe?

All you need to do is brown the ground chicken along with onions and garlic to add flavor to the chicken, and then make a sauce with brown sugar, soy sauce and chicken broth.

Thicken the sauce with a mixture of cornstarch and water, let it simmer for five minutes and you’re ready to serve. We like to garnish this ground chicken with chopped scallions and sesame seeds and serve it with rice or cauliflower rice.

Ground chicken recipe with scallions and sesame seeds

How Long Will This Chicken Recipe Last In The Refrigerator?

This is a great recipe to meal prep with for the week, so we often make it in large quantities! Keep this Sesame Ground Chicken covered in your refrigerator, or in a container for up to 4 days. Reheating is as easy as popping a bowl in the microwave.

And yes, you can also freeze this ground chicken too! If you’re really looking to plan a few meals ahead of time, make this chicken and let it cool completely before freezing. A good meal prepping tip is to freeze the chicken in individual portions for an easy lunch or dinner, or something the kids can grab on their own!

Ground chicken recipe served with rice and scallions

Can I Make This Ground Chicken With Turkey Or Pork?

Absolutely. You can even make it with ground beef if that’s what you have on hand. We’ve done it before, it’s delicious. This is a very adaptable recipe so use the protein that you like or have in your refrigerator.

Honestly, I’ve never made this recipe (or any recipe) with those Beyond Meat crumbles, but I’m also sure that with this crazy tasty sauce even that would be good.

Ground Sesame Chicken in a bowl with chop sticks

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Ground chicken recipe served with rice and scallions

Sesame Ground Chicken

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This easy Sesame Ground Chicken is one of our kids favorite dinners! Serve with rice or cauliflower rice and steamed broccoli for an easy, healthy meal!



  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (can also just use non-stick cooking spray)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 pounds ground chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 12 tablespoons toasted sesame oil (to taste, start with 1 and add more if desired)
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
  • Chopped scallions and sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion for 3-4 minutes until softened, then add the garlic and cook a minute longer.
  2. Add the ground chicken to the skillet and cook while breaking up into small pieces until the chicken is cooked through. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix the chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and chicken broth together in a bowl. Pour over the ground chicken and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and then add the cornstarch mixture while stirring. Simmer the chicken until the sauce is thickened, taste for seasonings and serve with scallions and sesame seeds.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mantitlement, easy chicken recipes, ground chicken recipes, recipes with ground chicken, easy dinner ideas


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89 Responses
  1. Tricia

    Made this tonight….it’s excellent! So delicious and easy. Kids liked it too. Don’t leave the scallions out….they add such a nice flavor.

      1. Ashley

        Absolutely loved it! Both my kids. We also added broccoli and cabbage to bulk it up and get extra veggies and ommited garlic and onion due to food sensitivities, but added spring onion. Very easy additions and subs to this and I can’t believe how much the 7 year old loves it!

    1. Dan

      It’s a pretty common sauce found in the asian food aisle at most grocery stores. If you can’t find it sriracha would be a good substitution!

    2. Terry

      I used 1 TBS hoisin plus 1 tsp red pepper flakes and 2 tsp rice vinegar as a substitute for the chili garlic paste since I didn’t have any. Not as spicy but the recipe came out fantastic! Will definitely make again, next tie with the chili garlic paste.

    3. Tessa

      Hi Cheryl – Try ordering some Sambal Oelek. It’s a fantastic chili sauce – and what I used in this recipe. Not too salty or hot – just perfect to add to dishes like this.

  2. M Hamilton

    Made this tonight and it’s extremely easy and delicious. I didn’t add the extra salt because there was enough in the soy for me. I also added a couple punches of ground ginger. This hits it out of the park and is going to get included in our regular rotation. Thanks!!!

  3. Stacy Adams

    Super easy to make and it tastes sooooo good. My husband said I can make this anytime. Tastes even better as leftovers. Added a touch more chili sauce because we like the heat, but this recipe is a winner!

  4. Jennifer

    Love this recipe, thanks!

    For preparation from freezer:

    – How long can you store in the freezer?
    – Do you recommend to thaw in the refrigerator and then reheat on the stovetop?

    Preparing for baby #3 and this will be great to have ready to go. Thank you!

    1. Dan

      Thanks Jennifer! You can store this in the freezer for about 3 months. Little over is fine, but generally 3 months is what I shoot for. We either let this thaw in the refrigerator and then reheat or defrost in the microwave and then reheat either in the microwave or on the stove top. Good luck with baby #3!

  5. Summer

    Super easy to make & all my kids ages 6-13 loved it. I also added mandarin oranges on the side. Yum

  6. Tessa

    Absolutely delicious and super easy! I doubled the sauce – but I think I would reduce the soy sauce by 1/4 cup after doubling the sauce. Was a wee bit salty. Family loved it – definitely a keeper. This will be another go-to for our family. Thank you!

  7. Shabba

    It came out a lot darker than the photo, maybe the soy sauce, although I used half the amount, however the taste was excellent, thank you.

  8. Jena

    Just made this and I’m honestly really sad I didn’t double the recipe. My kids ate double portions and they’re quite difficult to please. I had to improvise a little without the chili garlic sauce but it still turned out terrific!

  9. Kerien W Fitzpatrick

    Delicious by itself. A bit of sweet up front followed by savory/salty from the soy sauce. I chopped up water chestnuts and served over Jasmine rice.

  10. Dustin

    I ended up with some ground chicken and had never ever used it before. I found this recipe, substituted sriracha for the chili garlic sauce and I must say it came out pretty darn good! Let’s just say I know what to do with ground chicken from now on. Thanks!

  11. Erin

    literally OBSESSED with this recipe. i make it at least once a week. whenever my husband sees ground chicken in the fridge he knows it’s sesame chicken time!

  12. SueskiNH

    This was delicious! I used 1 lb. of ground chicken plus a pile of veggies besides the onion and scallions (broccoli florets, chopped zucchini, julienned baby carrots, chopped red/yellow pepper). I also added some minced ginger root because I had a small piece handy. Served with short grain brown rice.

  13. Kristy Mutch

    Wow! This is my new favorite quick meal go-to. Confession – I omitted the sesame oil, as it’s something my tummy doesn’t tolerate well. My husband came home from work and inhaled two bowls! This recipe will go in my normal dinner rotation.

    So glad I found this recipe!

  14. Cher

    This recipe is an absolute FLAVOUR BOMB of goodness!! I had nooooo idea what I should make with my ground chicken last night. I was so happy I stumbled across this recipe! it looked so delicious and sounded quick and easy! It WAS! I will make this again and again for sure! Like many comments have mentioned, this recipe could be easily tweaked by adding a variety of chopped vegetables for volume, flavour and colour but it’s really fantastic made quite simply as per the recipe! Two of us polished off our Sesame Chicken and Rice in one sitting! We were very hungry 😅😅 LOL Thank you for the fabulous inspiration!!

  15. Becka

    Wow! I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I hadn’t ever tried the chili garlic sauce and it’s like the icing on the cake in this dish! I was just looking for a recipe for ground chicken which I grabbed by mistake instead of turkey, and I’m so glad I found this one! I did cut back on the sugar because we watch our sugar intake, but it didn’t need much for us to get a sweet taste. Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Jessica Coronato

    Awesome dish! So easy and great flavor. The ground chicken seems to cook off and leave a lot of liquid—next time I’ll drain OR cook off juices before adding sauce.

    Def making again! Thanks!

  17. Mindy

    I love this recipe! I add shredded cabbage at the end and let it cook until tender. It is like an egg roll in a bowl!! Yum yum!!

  18. Whitney

    I love this recipe!!!! I make it for my son at least 2x a week. I add some minced garlic, ginger and Chinese 5-spice while I’m browning the chicken.
    I’ve added zucchini, carrots and asparagus to the mix as well. Thank you for sharing such and awesome recipe!

  19. Kimberly

    Really delicious! I added brown rice and steamed broccoli to make it a meal. I didn’t have any sesame oil, so I went without it. I also doubled up on the garlic and used a Thai sweet chili sauce and sriracha sauce that I already had in the fridge. I also added some red chili flakes for a little extra heat. The only thing I wish was more apparent are the nutritional facts, otherwise, great recipe!

  20. Sheri

    I just made the recipe. It was good. I added some baby bok choy and used honey (less) instead of brown sugar and stir fried in some organic spelt udon noodles. The noodles were a little gummy, but the flavor of the sauce was so good. I used a little chili powder as I didn’t have the chili garlic sauce. Thank you for sharing!!

  21. Mo

    I’m a college student and I recently took up cooking. This recipe was easy to make and was AMAZING. Definitely will be making it again. It’s quite literally restaurant quality good.

    1. Dan

      This makes us SO happy! Our son is a freshman in college now, so he’s still in a dorm and can’t wait to start cooking his own food next year. Thanks so much for the comment, keep cooking!

  22. Graham

    First glance at the recipe threw me off. It says chicken breast, but the title of the recipe is ground chicken. These are two different things!

    1. Dan

      The ingredient is “GROUND chicken breast” not chicken breast, which is a leaner ground chicken product since it is made from all chicken breast, not a mixture of light and dark meat chicken. It’s still ground chicken, just made from all chicken breast. Look at the ground chicken at your grocery store and you’ll see what I’m talking about if you’re confused. You can, of course, use any ground chicken, we just prefer ground chicken breast for this recipe.

  23. Angie

    So simple, easy and a good base to play with to your own tastes, great just as written. This is one of those recipes you can have fun with, and so quick. Thanx.

  24. MB

    I make this once a week. It’s perfect as it, but to make it bodybuilding-friendly, I add stevia (instead of brown sugar) and only 1 T. toasted sesame oil. Also use oil spray when I brown the chicken to reduce calories. EXCELLENT!!! I love your healthy, tasty recipes. THANKS!!

  25. B

    SO good! I doubled the sauce and the Chili garlic sauce made it a bit too spicy for me but everyone else definitely loved it. Served it on a bad of half egg noodles and half thinly sliced stir fried cabbage. Better than takeout, quick easy, nutritious and flavourful. Thank you ❤️

  26. Nina A

    I make this recipe at least once almost every week. My 6 year old LOVES it and so does everyone else in my household. I HIGHLY recommend this to any and everyone. It is absolutely delicious and tastes equally as good the next day. This is a holy grail recipe.

  27. Kimee

    I searched “Recipes with ground chicken”. This is the first one that caught my eye and this is what we made. I made Jasmine rice to put it over and added steamed broccoli to the mixture. It’s what’s for dinner. It must be good because I have to keep telling my daughter to stay out of it lol. Thanks for this quick and easy recipe!

  28. Debra

    Fantastic recipe! We’re not into spicy so instead of the chili paste I substituted from another post hoisin, red pepper flakes & rice vinegar.

  29. Nicolle

    Fantastic and successful! Thank you for sharing. I substituted the sugar for honey because I had none on hand and it seemed to do the trick (it tasted good at least to me!).

    +1 to the lettuce wraps comment above. I made a large batch, rice for lunch and lettuce wrap for dinner.

  30. JoeBKS

    My kids and I loved this. We will be making this often now. I have struggled with finding recipes for ground chicken and this adds a great alternative to meatballs. I will be decreasing the amount of sugar though as a matter of personal taste. This will be great with rice bowls and veggies too.

  31. JoeBKS

    I am making this tonight. I have made it before and saved the recipe. It’s a total keeper. My picky kids love it. Tonight instead of rice I am serving it as a noodle bowl and the kids can pick their add ins from tomatoes, cukes, blanched broccoli, and sautéed Asian cabbage. Thank you so much, it helps to have a variety of recipes for affordable ground chicken. Easy to do this with ground beef or sliced sirloin too.

  32. Penny

    I made this today and we absolutely loved it. The only thing i did differently was to add water chestnuts. We both love them in dishes like this and like the crunch. I will be making this often. So easy to add other ingredients. Will add finely shredded carrots next time too just to add some vegetables. Thanks for such a satisfying meal.

  33. claire

    i’ve made this before and loved it! today i have ground turkey on hand, would this be an appropriate substitution?

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