Vegan Sesame Chicken

This Vegan Sesame Chicken is everything! Sweet and sticky sesame sauce lightly coats crispy batter and delicious vegan chicken on the inside. Be careful who you share it with; they’re going to request this Chinese restaurant-style dinner again and again! Luckily, it’s easy to make, especially if you already have some Chickeny Chickless Seitan on hand. If not, no worries because you can sub in any vegan protein you like.

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Why you’ll love this Vegan Sesame Chicken

You will love this fully plant-based take on Chinese restaurant-style Sesame Chicken. Everything about the taste and texture it is super similar to the original dish but we eliminate the need for eggs in the batter. And of course, instead of using chicken we are using my Chickeny Chickless Seitan. This Vegan Sesame Chicken recipe is:

  • deep-fried for an authentic flavour
  • crispy even with the sweet and sticky sesame sauce
  • meaty and satisfying
  • easy to make gluten-free if desired

bowl of Vegan Sesame Chicken

How to make Chinese Sesame Chicken Vegan

As mentioned about, the regular ingredients for Chinese Sesame Chicken are mostly vegan.

slice white onion, minced garlic and ginger on cutting board

The exception is egg in the batter, chicken broth as the main liquid in the sauce, and, of course, the chicken meat. To make it vegan, I simply used the following alternatives:

  • a flaxseed-based batter,

cubed seitan in bowl of flax based liquid batter

cube of Chickeny Chickless Seitan

If you are gluten-free or don’t have the time to make seitan from scratch, you can always use:

  • extra firm or pressed tofu,
  • tempeh (steam or boiled first to remove bitterness), or
  • store-bought chicken alternatives

Crispy fried battered seitan for Vegetarian Sesame Chicken

Make EASIER Vegan Sesame Chicken

If you’re pressed for time or just don’t want to deep-fry at home, you can always make this dish with store-bought breaded vegan chicken products. Simply prepare them in your oven or air fryer according to the package instructions, then pick up the recipe starting from the sauce. It while not exactly rival your favourite take-out but it will still be delicious!

chopsticks holding a piece of Vegan Sesame Chicken

More Vegan Asian “Chicken” Recipes

If you’re in the mood for more Asian “Chicken” Recipes, check out:

Vegan Sesame Chicken sauce with sliced onions throughout

Printable Recipe for Vegan Sesame Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Vegan Sesame Chicken

plate of Vegan Sesame Chicken with steamed rice and broccoli

This is Chinese Sesame Chicken made vegan! Chickeny Chickless Seitan is battered and deep-fried to crispy perfection. Then, coated in an authentic sweet and sticky sesame sauce. When you want to satisfy that Chinese take-out craving but still be plant-based, this is the recipe for you!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • oil for deep frying

The Protein

  • 16oz Chickeny Chickless Seitan or see Notes for substitutions (454g)


  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Stir-Fry Aromatics

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup sliced white onion (60g)

Sauce Mix

  • 1/2 cup vegan chicken-style broth
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar


  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the batter ingredients. Stir very well, then let stand for 5 minutes to thicken.
  2. While you wait, tear or cut Chickeny Chickless Seitan into small bite-sized pieces, about 1" cubed. Also, separately mix the Sauce Mix ingredients in a measuring cup and set aside for later.
  3. When the batter is thick, add the seitan pieces and mix well with clean hands.
  4. Choose a wok or pan with high sides and fill with a few inches of oil. Ensure there will be enough room for the oil to bubble up some during frying. Use medium high heat and wait until the oil is between 350 and 375¯F. This is very hot but not yet to the point of smoking.
  5. Add the seitan; a piece at a time. Do not crowd the wok or skillet; work in batches if needed. The seitan should become nicely browned in 1 to 2 minutes. Adjust the heat as required.
  6. Drain the fried seitan on a wire rack. Turn off the heat.
  7. Carefully transfer the used oil into a heat-proof container for later use. Leave about 1 tablespoon of oil in your wok.
  8. The wok should still be hot enough so add your minced garlic, grated ginger, and white onion. Stir-fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  9. Add the sauce mixture and turn up the heat; watch the sauce come to a boil. Turn off the heat, quickly give your cornstarch slurry a stir, then stir it into the sauce. It should thicken quickly.
  10. Add the fried seitan and fold to coat. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onion if desired. Serve immediately with rice and vegetables.


Protein Alternatives

Extra firm or pressed tofu, tempeh, and store-bought vegan chicken can be used instead of Chickeny Chickless Seitan

Gluten-free Options

In addition to substituting a gluten-free protein, also replace regular soy sauce and dark sauce with a gluten-free tamari or soy sauce alternative.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1/4 of whole recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 436Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 811mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 37g

Nutritional Information automatically calculated by a plugin and may not be correct.

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  • Nancy

    Well I haven’t made the “chicken” but I did make the sauce, and tossed some fried tempeh cubes in it instead. We had it with plain rice and steamed broccoli as suggested above. I can vouch that the sauce is delicious! This will be a regular sauce in my arsenal for sure. I can’t wait to try it on the fried seitan chicken, but for now, on tempeh, it was soo good! Thanks for sharing your great recipes! 5 stars!

    • Mary

      Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Nancy! Thanks so much for sharing your experience <3

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