Juicy and naturally sweet Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken recipe with no added sugar and easy to make. This healthy and easy twist on your favorite takeout will satisfy your cravings, and everyone in the family will love it.

Chinese Sesame Chicken recipe Paleo Whole30 Gluten Free friendly

One of my goals this year is to revisit some of my older recipes and make them even more user friendly. This new take on my Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken has much-simplified ingredients and cooking steps, but is just as delicious as (if not more delicious than) the earlier version.

Chinese Sesame Chicken recipe Paleo Whole30 Gluten Free friendly
Chinese Sesame Chicken recipe Paleo Whole30 Gluten Free friendly

Simplified Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken

Dates are a good replacement for honey if you are on Whole30. They add a hint of sweetness and thicken the sauce naturally. However because dates still pack with higher amount of natural sugar I recommend using them sparingly as the recipe describes below.

I blend all the sesame chicken sauce ingredients in a small food processor until they are very well chopped/blended with almost no fruit chunks. You can prepare the sesame chicken sauce ahead of time during meal prep and store it in a glass container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If the paste gets too thick before using, simply add a tablespoon of water or chicken/veggie broth to thin it a bit.

Chinese Sesame Chicken recipe Paleo Whole30 Gluten Free friendly

Small cube shape

I used a combination of boneless skinless chicken thighs and breasts to make my Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken. In my opinion, all breast meat tends to give drier mouthfeel. You can absolutely use all thigh meat if preferred.

Dice the chicken into smaller bite sizes (cube shape), this will allow the meat to grab the sauce better and therefore be more delicious.

If you are wondering how to bring your stir-fry techniques to the next level (hint: golden brown gorgeous chicken stir-fry), I highly recommend that you check out this article I recently wrote for 7 stir-fry mistakes every home cook should avoid.

Chinese Sesame Chicken recipe Paleo Whole30 Gluten Free friendly

This Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken is –

Naturally Sweet
Family friendly
& Absolutely delicious !

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Chinese Sesame Chicken recipe Paleo Whole30 Gluten Free friendly
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Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken (paleo, whole30, gluten-free)

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: ChihYu
Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken recipe with juicy chicken and Whole30 sesame chicken sauce. This Paleo Sesame Chicken is healthy and with no added sugar.
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  • 1.25 lbs chicken thighs and breasts, boneless skinless
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp arrowroot powder, alt. tapioca
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • White sesame seeds, garnish
  • Chopped scallions, garnish


  • Ginger, ,2 to 3 thin slices
  • 1 large garlic clove, ,thin sliced

Paleo Sesame Chicken Sauce:


  • Chicken: Dice chicken to small bite-sizes (small cube shape) and season with salt, pepper, ginger, arrowroot powder, and olive oil. Mix well and set aside.
  • Sauce: Pulse dates, garlic clove, and ginger in a small food processor a few times until finely chopped. Add the rest of ingredients under “sauce”. Toss/blend a few more times until the sauce is smooth and no fruit chunks.
  • Pan-fry: Pre-heat a large stainless steel skillet (without oil) over low heat until it’s well heated (about 4-5 mins), add avocado oil and pan fry the chicken in separate batches (not to overcrowd the skillet). Don’t touch or move the chicken pieces until you see the bottom layer is in golden brown then cook the flip side until they are about 90-95% cooked through. Set aside with chicken juice in the skillet.
  • Combine: Add a bit more cooking oil to the skillet, saute ‘aromatics’ with a sprinkle of salt until fragrant. Add 3-4 heaping tbsps of sesame chicken sauce*, quickly stir-fry the sauce with aromatics for 8-10 seconds then add the chicken back to the skillet. Coat the sauce over chicken pieces and stri-fry for a few additional minutes until they are cooked through. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve hot and immediately with steamed broccoli florets or any simple mixed green salad of your choice.



Make-ahead tips:
  • Complete Steps 1 and 2. Store the sauce in food glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If it becomes to thick, add 1 tbsp water/broth to thin the paste before using.
  • Dice chicken to small bite sizes and add seasonings. Store in food glass container in the fridge if use the next day or store flat in large freezer friendly ziplock bags for later use. In Step 4, feel free to add more sauce if preferred.


Serving: 190g | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 1.6% | Calcium: 2.4% | Iron: 7.9%
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: Chinese Sesame Chicken, Paleo Chinese Sesame Chicken, Paleo Sesame Chicken, Paleo Sesame Chicken Sauce, Whole30 Sesame Chicken, Whole30 Sesame Chicken Sauce
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An older Paleo Sesame Chicken photo :))

Chinese Sesame Chicken