Asian Sesame Crusted Chicken Nuggets

This is the second recipe post in the healthy fast food series. Even though the flavors are from different cuisines, we enjoy eating them with the rosemary oven fries.

For ginger lovers

These chicken nuggets are incredibly delicious. They are tender on the inside and crunchy and chewy on the outside. If you like ginger, you will love these. Marinating them with the ginger really brings out the flavor. Feel free to make them spicy by adding more cayenne pepper. I like to have a dipping sauce with them for added flavor. Of course, you have to eat them with your fingers! Just make sure to wash them first…

Asian Sesame Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Makes 2 Servings


  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1
  • ½ tsp
  • Dash
  • 2
  • ½ cup
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Mirin
  • Clove of Garlic, pressed
  • Ginger, freshly grated
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chicken breasts, no skin, no bone
  • Sesame seeds, raw


  1. 1. Combine the soy sauce, mirin, ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
  2. 2. Cut the chicken into small pieces. Marinate them for about an hour in the refrigerator. The longer you marinate them, the stronger the flavors will get.
  3. 3. Preheat oven to 450°
  4. 4. Coat the chicken pieces with the sesame seeds. Feel free to use twice the specified amount if calories are not a concern to you.
  5. 5. Place them on parchment paper and bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Check with a thermostat to see when they are done. They should be at least 160°F.
  6. 6. Serve with a dipping sauce consisting of mirin, soy sauce and cayenne pepper.

This meal is also great for children or anyone who is in the mood for some fun food. They also work well for a more elegant meal. The recipe would also work for whole breasts. Simply adjust the cooking time. Enjoy!

– Christina

5 stars

Mark says:

I love chicken, and this is one of my favorite ways of making it. We have tried making crispy chicken in several ways, and this is by far the tastiest. The only problem is that I am absolutely stuffed after eating them since they are so filling. It’s worth it.

nutrition facts

per serving

Calories: 330, Fat: 20g, GL: 1, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 33g, Carbohydrates: 4g, Sodium: 380mg

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  1. nicole says:

    wow these look so delicious!
    im definitely going to try these soon, i love making ‘fast food’ alternatives, i think they turn out MUCH better then the stuff from the actual fast food place, and their so much more healthier<3!

  2. Both recipes sound delicious! I love ginger, soy sauce, & garlic! Awesome combo. And the fries are perfect with the chicken nuggets.

  3. Jo says:

    HF, you are a star on our blog today! The chicken nuggets look delicious and WAY better than anything McD has to offer. In the last 11 weeks, I have eaten at McD twice–once for a small ice cream cone, and once for a burger. I used to go at least twice per week and order greasy burger anything, greasy fries, and sometimes a milk shake. Bleck! :) Jo

    • WOW! haha What a lovely surprise! Thanks! I feel honored to be on the main page!

      That is so impressive that you only go there once in a while now. Believe it or not, I CAN relate. When I was in High School there was a McDonald near by… I always got the McChicken meal. I sometimes would even get one in the afternoon as a snack. I don’t have any sources on that but I am convinced they put cocaine or something in there…

  4. Oooh, this looks really good. I made salmon with sesame today…should’ve put some ginger in too!

  5. Jessica says:

    Looks pretty good! And easy. i like that, because when I’m craving ‘fast food’, I really don’t feel like putting a lot of effort in to cooking! Love you blog.

    • So true! The best thing is the cleanup… throw away parchment paper. haha

      Thanks so much Jessica! So happy to hear that you like the blog! These words make me want to post more and more and more

  6. Jenn says:

    These look really good. I wonder if my kiddos would eat them or they would look at the seeds and go “ewwww”. Worth a try…as they get older they sometimes surprise me!

    • This is the second time I heard that children might not like seeds… so interesting. I never taught about seeds being a possible yucky food. As a child, I was not a fan of fruit…AT ALL.

      Maybe if you toasted them first a little bit they would look better… The color would be closer to regular chicken nuggets. Who knows. If you do try them, let me know how it went!

  7. Cara says:

    Sounds wonderful, nice work! I’m always amazed by what a good job the oven does at making a nice, crisp coating. Who needs frying?

  8. Biz says:

    My daughter would love this! I believe chicken nuggets and chicken fingers were the only things she ordered on menus until age 14! Thankfully her palate has expanded since then!

  9. Hi,

    I’m Jenn from Jenn’s Menu and Lifestyle Blog, I saw your link on Livestrong. Your blog is great! I like it a lot. :) I added you to my blog roll, looking forward to your updates.


    PS. That chicken looks delicious! Love the idea of using sesame seeds, yum!

    • Welcome Jenn! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      I am so glad you like the blog. :) And thanks for adding me to your blogroll! It is highly appreciated!

      The sesame seeds are amazing! Very yummy!

  10. More healthy fast food to the people! They look super delicious and easy to make. I’ll have to try that. Check out my online cooking show, Swedish Home Cooking!

  11. Wow, I love these nuggets! I’m such a huge fan of recipe makeovers. It was truly one of the best parts about losing weight- discovering a passion for making healthier versions of my not so healthy food favorites!
    Great recipe- I’m so excited to try it!

    • Thank you Andrea! Let me know how it turned out if you do try it!

      Agreed! I really enjoy it too. But there is some food, that you just cannot “healthify”. Paula Deen’s deep fried butter balls…? haha Does anybody really eat those?!

  12. Peggy says:

    These look so tasty! Definitely a mass people pleaser!

    • Hi Peggy and welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

      I love your blog and the title is intriguing… Is he also a picky eater? Maybe you have already read Mark’s story on the about page.

      The lasagna looks divine… I will have to check out more of your recipes.

  13. These look fabulous – thank you for sharing!

  14. I don’t eat chicken. but these still look good! hahha :)

  15. Carolin says:

    Super delicious!! Its waaay better than any other chicken nuggets i’ve ever had plus I don’t feel sick and greasy afterwards just very pleased and happy in my tummy ;)

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  19. Molly says:

    Oh I love this recipe! I’ve just started cooking my own Asian dishes at home because eating out has gotten so dog gone expensive! I did orange chicken last week and I’m on to the sesame now.. I can’t wait to master this recipe! YUM!
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