Skip the takeout and order in this evening with my low carb and keto sesame chicken recipe. Tenderly cooked chicken breast covered in a sweet and tangy sesame sauce. This easy keto chicken recipe with a healthy twist will have you not even missing your favorite Chinese take-out!
I love quick and easy low carb takeout meals, like this keto sesame chicken, that can be ready in under 20 minutes. In the time it would take to order delivery, you can have this healthy version at home. I love to serve it with steamed cauliflower rice or my Keto Asian Chopped Salad.
You may be shocked when you find out 20 minutes is all you need for this easy low carb chicken recipe. The sweet and tangy sauce only requires 7 ingredients and it is so thick and rich, you will think it is high in carbs and calories...but this keto sesame chicken recipe is only 259 calories and 3 carbs per serving! It is one of my favorite weeknight meals, as well as my keto teriyaki chicken, Mongolian beef, Keto Beef and Broccoli, and Crustless Pizza.
Ingredients and substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for this keto chicken recipe, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
Chicken breast - boneless skinless chicken breast is a staple in my low carb diet because it is low in calories but high in protein. You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs for this keto sesame chicken if you would like. This would add only minimal calories more per serving.
Soy sauce - since this keto sesame chicken recipe doesn't have any additional salt, I use regular soy sauce instead of light. If you need this recipe to be gluten free, it is best to use tamari which is a gluten free soy sauce alternative.
Ketchup - to make this low carb chicken recipe with the least amount of carbs, I opt for no sugar added ketchup. Of course, ketchup has sugar from the tomatoes but the no sugar added version adds no additional sugar to the recipe and only adds 4 total carbs to the entire dish. You can use regular ketchup as well.
Minced garlic - this recipe require 2 cloves of minced garlic but if you're in a hurry, you can use already minced garlic in a glass jar that can be found in most grocery stores.
Brown sugar sweetener - I use a keto friendly brown sugar sweetener made by Swerve for this keto chicken recipe. This alternative is sugar free as it is made from erythritol. there are other brands out there besides Swerve that you can use. I have a link to the one I like in the recipe card down below.
Sesame oil - a little of this oil goes a long way and if you buy a small bottle, it will last for a while in your pantry. It has a very distinct flavor so there really is no alternative to replace the taste in keto sesame chicken. If you must substitute, use avocado, grapeseed, olive, or walnut oil.
How to make keto sesame chicken
This section explains how to make this low carb chicken recipe step by step. For a full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
Step 1. - Cut the chicken into but size chunks. I like to buy boneless skinless chicken breasts whole and then use a sharp knife to cut them into 1 inch pieces for faster cooking.
Step 2. - Make the sauce. All of the rest of the ingredients in this low carb chicken recipe are for the sauce. Mix them all together in a small bowl.
Step 3. - Cook the chicken breast. I use a non-stick skillet for this keto sesame chicken recipe since we are cooking with chicken breast and no additional oil. If you use a skillet that isn't non-stick, you can use spray oil or add a tablespoon of oil to the pan before adding the chicken. Cook the chicken until it is brown and cooked all of the way through.
💡Use a probe meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of your chicken breast is 165F.
Step 4. - Add the sauce to the pan. Now we stir the sauce into the pan with our chicken breast and coat the chicken with the sauce. Let it simmer for a bit and it is done!
Serving, storage, and re-heating instructions
- This keto sesame chicken recipe makes 4 nice servings and is best served with steamed cauliflower rice. I also like to meal prep it in containers for lunches for the week.
- This low carb chicken recipe can be frozen for an easy freezer meal that can be enjoyed when times are really busy!
Make this a freezer meal
To make this keto sesame chicken a freezer meal, simply place the chopped raw chicken in a freezer safe zip top bag along with the combined sauce ingredients. store flat in the freezer for up to 4 months. When you are ready to cook, remove from the freezer the night before and let thaw in the refrigerator. Pour the contents of the bag into a skillet over medium heat and stir until the chicken is cooked through.
What kind of chicken is keto friendly?
You may be thinking this is a weird question but it is a common misconception that any chicken is keto friendly because it is meat. But there are many chicken recipes that would not be keto and that is because of a breading or a sauce with sugar and carbs. Chicken with a breading or a sweet sauce would not be keto friendly unless it was made with keto friendly ingredients like this keto sesame chicken.
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Keto Sesame Chicken Recipe
- 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 5 Tablespoons Soy sauce (use Tamari for gluten free)
- ¼ Cup Ketchup (sugar free for keto)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar Sweetener (Click here to see my favorite on Amazon)
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- sesame seeds for garnish
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, ketchup, minced garlic, brown sugar, onion powder, sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine ingredients and set aside.
- Heat a non stick skillet over medium high heat. Add your chicken breast chunks. Cook until slightly brown and cooked through, should take about 5-8 minutes. Test the internal temperature with a meat probe thermometer to make sure the chicken is 165F.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken and stir to coat. Turn your heat down to medium low and let simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken. Serve topped with sesame seeds for garnish.
Nutrition per serving
Nutrition is provided as a courtesy only. Please re-calculate on your own with the ingredients and amounts you used for the most accurate data.