Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry with Brussels Sprouts

Blanching and stir-frying Brussels sprouts is an easy and fast way to cook one of winter’s tastiest vegetables. Slideshow: More Stir Fry Recipes 

Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry with Brussels Sprouts
Photo: © Molly Yeh
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 6 tablespoons tahini

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce, plus more for seasoning

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

  • Fresh ground black pepper

  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts, skinless, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

  • Steamed rice, for serving


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil, crushed red pepper and black pepper. Set aside.

  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, blanch the Brussels sprouts for 30 seconds. Drain and set aside.

  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chicken and stir-fry over moderately high heat until no longer pink and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  4. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook over moderately high heat until they start to turn soft, about 6 to 8 minutes.

  5. Stir the tahini sauce into Brussels sprouts and then add the chicken and cook until warmed through, about 1 to 2 minutes. Season with additional soy sauce if desired. Serve with rice.

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