Chicken Sesame Oil Stir Fry

Come try my Chicken Sesame Oil Stir Fry recipe, a delightful fusion of flavors that’s a breeze to prepare in under 10 minutes! With tender chicken, sweet onions, and a touch of jalapeno, all bathed in the rich nuttiness of toasted sesame oil, this dish is a must-try for a quick and healthy meal option!

Chicken stir fry with sesame oil in a cast iron pan being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Why I Love This Recipe

I always find myself coming back to this Asian-inspired stir fry recipe because it seamlessly melds cubed chicken, onions, and jalapeno into a savory meal that explodes with umami goodness! What truly sets this dish apart is the toasted sesame oil, imparting a delightful nutty essence. It’s a versatile dish that shines at both lunch and dinner, offering a blend of tender, juicy chicken and the innate sweetness of onions.

In keeping with my other cherished favorites like Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry, Chicken Mushroom Stir Fry, and Ground Chicken Stir Fry dishes, I crafted this recipe to follow a seasoning-while-cooking method that effortlessly marries all the flavors. If you’re a devotee of speedy, protein-packed meals, this recipe is custom-crafted for you. So, roll up your sleeves, give it a whirl, and relish the sheer simplicity of this stir fry!



  • Chicken – boneless and skinless chicken thigh.
  • Onion – yellow or brown onion.
  • Jalapeno– de-seeded and sliced thinly.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Toasted Sesame Oil – 100% Toasted Sesame Oil that should have a dark brown color.  
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

Vegetable Add Ins

Feel free to customize your stir fry with your preferred vegetable add ins, such as Broccoli, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Zucchini, Snow Peas, and Sugar Snap Peas, to create a personalized stir fry dish.

🍗 Chicken Ingredient Note

If you’re looking for a leaner alternative, you can substitute the chicken thigh with Cubed Chicken Breast meat.

🌰 Sesame Oil Ingredient Note

Use Toasted Sesame Oil for its strong nutty flavor, as pure pressed sesame oil lacks this characteristic richness.

Chicken stir fry with sesame oil in a cast iron pan, side angle shot.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Large Deep Skillet


☑ Before Getting Started

It’s best to have all your ingredients prepared and ready to go. Stir-frying is a quick cooking method, so having everything at hand ensures a smooth process. Additionally, using a Wok or Deep Skillet, High Heat, and a High-Temperature Cooking Oil is essential for achieving the desired results. These elements work together to create the signature texture and flavor of a perfect stir-fry.

Step 1 Heat cooking oil in a skillet and sauté garlic.

Sliced garlic in a frying pan.

Step 2 Add chicken and onions seasoned with salt and pepper, cook until browned.

Chicken and sliced onions in a frying pan.

🍳 Stir Frying Pro Tip

Avoid Overcrowding the pan as it can lead to steaming instead of stir-frying, resulting in soggy rather than crispy chicken. Rather Cook in Batches if needed.

Step 3 Add in toasted sesame oil and remove from heat, top with jalapeños, green onions, and sesame seeds.

Chicken stir fry with sesame oil in a frying pan.

📄 Sesame Oil Note

Add in the Toasted Sesame Seed Oil at the End. Its low smoke point can lead to bitterness if exposed to high heat for too long.

Paring Recommendations

Consider pairing it with a bowl of your preferred rice to soak up all the delicious flavors. For a well-rounded meal, a nice delicate soup like Egg Drop Soup complements the hearty stir-fry perfectly. If you’re looking to add a refreshing touch to your dining experience, don’t miss out on the Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad. These accompaniments create a delightful balance and elevate your meal to a satisfying culinary experience.

Chicken stir fry with sesame oil in a cast iron pan being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other types of meat besides chicken in this stir-fry?

You can certainly experiment with different proteins like beef, shrimp, or tofu to create variations of this dish.

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in the stir-fry?

Yes, you can adjust the spiciness to your liking by adding more or fewer jalapeno slices. If you want it really spicy, leave the jalapeno seeds when slicing them.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. It will stay fresh for 5-7 days. When you’re ready to eat, simply reheat it in the microwave.

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Chicken stir fry with sesame oil in a cast iron pan being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Chicken Sesame Oil Stir Fry

Experience the delectable fusion of chicken and sesame oil in this easy stir fry recipe. Quick, delicious, and perfect for a tasty meal!
4.36 from 17 votes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken Sesame Oil Stir Fry, easy chicken stir fry
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 106kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for chicken stir fry with sesame oil.
  • Thinly slice onions, green onions, garlic, de-seeded jalapenos and set aside.
    Sliced onions.
  • Cut chicken into small bite-size pieces, about 1/2 x 1/2 inch and set aside.
    Cubed chicken thigh.
  • In a fry pan, add neutral cooking oil and garlic on medium heat until garlic is fragrant. Next, turn up the heat to medium high and add chicken and sliced onion inside. Sprinkle in salt and black pepper and keep stirring and mixing until chicken is cooked, about 3-5 minutes.
    Chicken and sliced onions in a frying pan.
  • Once the chicken is cooked, add Toasted Sesame Oil while stirring. Remove from heat and mix in green onions and jalapenos. Serve onto a plate and sprinkle Toasted Sesame Seed.
    Chicken stir fry with sesame oil in a frying pan.


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2059IU | Vitamin C: 215mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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