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Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken

Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken is better than take-out! It's sweet, savory, a little spicy, and the perfect weeknight dinner that's ready in under 45 minutes.

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chicken with rice, sesame seeds, green onions on a plate with chopsticks.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken is the perfect balance between sweet, spicy and savory.
  • It’s gluten-free and grain-free.
  • Made with almond flour and tapioca flour.
  • Has a sweet, sticky glaze with a little kick but not too powerful.
  • Pairs perfectly with white or brown rice.
  • Serve it with green onions, broccoli and sesame seeds.
  • Check out this healthy baked chicken with miso dressing.
chopsticks holding a piece of chicken with the bite taken out of it.

Ingredients and Substitutions

These simple ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry right now. I love that this comes together so quickly and easily. My favorite part is how juicy the chicken is and how flavorful the sauce is.

For the Chicken

I used organic chicken breast for this recipe which was juicy and crispy. You can also use chicken thighs.

Almond flour mixed with tapioca flour for the perfect gluten-free breaded crust. You can also use arrowroot or corn starch in replace of tapioca flour.

Beaten eggs are used for creating the gluten-free breading.

Salt and pepper make for the perfect subtle seasoning.

chicken cut into pieces, almond flour, salt and pepper, tapioca flour and eggs that you need to make Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken

For the Sauce

It’s best to use organic pure honey for the ultimate flavor, check the back of the bottle for the ingredients list. The only one listed should be honey.

Soy sauce adds the perfect balance of saltiness.

Ketchup help balance out the sweet and saltiness.

Rice wine vinegar helps balance out the sweetness from the honey, you could sub white vinegar.

Sriracha adds a perfect balance of spiciness to this dish that really pairs nicely with the sweet flavor that the honey brings.

Just a touch of Sesame oil for that sesame taste.

Lots of freshly minced garlic which is a necessity, you can also use garlic from a jar if needed.

Tapioca flour to help thicken this sauce up.

all the ingredients you need to make the sauce on a marble background.

How to make

From start to finish, dinner will be on the table in 45 minutes making this a perfect meal to enjoy on those busy week-nights.

ONE: Combine almond flour, tapioca flour, salt and pepper in one medium sized bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, beat the eggs.

TWO: Next, going one-by-one and using your right hand, dip each piece of chicken into the breaded mixture, then drop it into the egg mixture. Then, using your left hand coat the piece of chicken and drop it back into the breaded mixture. Using your right hand, coat the chicken once more.

THREE: Place the breaded chicken pieces on a greased baking sheet that’s lined with foil. Allowing some space in between each piece of chicken.

all the breaded chicken pieces on a greased baking sheet.

FOUR: Lightly coat the chicken pieces with EVOO spray and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165F.

the chicken that's been baked.

FIVE: While the chicken is baking, create the sauce by combining all the ingredients, minus the tapioca flour, together in a medium sauté pan over medium/low heat. Mixing until combined. Once sauce starts to slightly boil, add in the tapioca flour and whisk until there are no clumps.

the sauce ingredients in a pan

SIX: Remove the sauce from the heat and add in the breaded gluten-free chicken pieces. Gently toss until each piece is well coated.

the chicken that's been coated.

SEVEN: Serve over rice and top with green onion and sesame seeds.

Air Fryer Method

Alternatively, you can also cook this Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken in the air fryer. Although, I would recommend sticking to the oven unless you have a large air fryer.

Follow the same steps as above, but instead of placing the breaded chicken on a baking sheet, lightly coat the inside of your air fryer with non-stick spray and add in the chicken pieces. Do not over crowed, allow there to be space in between each piece.

Then, air fry at 350F for 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165F.

Taste And Texture

These Gluten-free Honey Chicken bites are crispy on the edges, but soft and juicy in the center. The sauce is sweet at first and then has a little spicy kick at the end. It tastes amazing with some white rice!

the final plate of the honey baked sesame chicken on rice with sesame seeds and green onions.

How To Serve And Store

Serve this recipe over your favorite rice such as basmati, sushi or brown rice and pair it with a vegetable such as broccoli for a complete meal. Before serving, top your chicken off with some sesame seeds and green onions.

Let this meal cool completely and then store in an airtight container and enjoy within 3-4 days. You can store the rice and chicken together or separately. PRO TIP: Store them together for the perfect meal prep.

You can warm it up in the microwave for 45-60 seconds, or on the stove top.

Tips and Tricks

Use two hands when coating the mixture. One for the egg wash, and one for the breaded mixture. This helps create less mess and is easier to work with.

Do not over crowd the baking sheet, allow there to be some space in between each piece of chicken.

Gently coat the chicken in the sauce so you don’t ruin the breaded layer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of tapioca flour?

You can use arrowroot or corn starch.

Can I use a different flour other than almond flour?

I haven’t tested this recipe with any other flours yet.

How long does this meal last?

Up to four days when stored properly in the fridge.

Other Dinner Recipes You May Like:

If you make this Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken recipe, I would really appreciate a comment and rating down below, under the recipe card. Don’t forget to take a picture and tag me over on Instagram, Tiktok or Pinterest!

Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken

Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken is better than take-out! It's sweet, savory, a little spicy, and the perfect weeknight dinner that's ready in under 45 minutes.
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
20 minutes
COOK TIME:
20 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
40 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 3 chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces (about 1.8lbs)
  • 1 tsp salt 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten 

Sauce

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup 
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sriracha 
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp tapioca flour
Toppings
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

6 servings

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F, prepare a baking sheet by lining it with foil and lightly coating with non-stick spray. 
  2. Combine almond flour, tapioca flour, salt and pepper in one medium sized bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, beat the eggs.
  3. Next, going one-by-one and using your right hand, dip each piece of chicken into the breaded mixture, then drop it into the egg mixture. Then, using your left hand coat the piece of chicken and drop it back into the breaded mixture. Using your right hand, coat the chicken once more.
  4. Place the breaded chicken pieces onto the greased baking sheet that's lined with foil. Allowing some space in between each piece of chicken. Don’t over-crowd. 
  5. Lightly coat the chicken pieces with EVOO spray and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165F. 
  6. While the chicken is baking, create the sauce by combining all the ingredients, minus the tapioca flour, together in a medium sauté pan over medium/low heat. Mixing until combined. Once sauce starts to slightly boil, add in the tapioca flour and whisk until there are no clumps. 
  7. Remove the sauce from the heat and add in the breaded gluten-free chicken pieces. Gently toss until each piece is well coated. 
  8. Serve over rice and top with green onion and sesame seeds. 

Notes

  • Use two hands when coating the mixture. One for the egg wash, and one for the breaded mixture. This helps create less mess and is easier to work with.
  • Do not over crowd the baking sheet, allow there to be some space in between each piece of chicken.
  • Gently coat the chicken in the sauce so you don't ruin the breaded layer.

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