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Sesame Chicken with Apple-carrot Slaw will make dinnertime oh, so easy and delicious. In-season apples are a mix of tart and sweet, crunchy and juicy. They go perfectly with its Sesame Ginger dressing.  The whole family will love this simple fall dinner.

Sesame Chicken with Apple Carrot Slaw

I love breading chicken with crunchy panko. Those Japanese-style breadcrumbs make for a perfectly crisp coating. I added sesame seeds into the coating for some fun variation to make it sesame chicken! Served with an apple, carrot and jicama salad, it’s divine.

Sliced Sesame Chicken with Apple Carrot Slaw

Fall is in the air for sure, but I still want summer-fresh dinners that aren’t too heavy. Stews, soups and casseroles will come soon enough! This chicken is baked so it’s even more light and healthy. No frying in oil and making a mess. (Although I often welcome that mess because it’s equally delicious pan-fried).


Sesame Chicken with Apple Carrot Slaw Ingredients

Simple ingredients like scallions, jicama, apples and carrots make the slaw. Now listen, I didn’t slice and cut all of these with a knife. I used a mandolin. I like two kinds. One is this Japanese version and the other is a simple hand held version by Oxo.

OXO Good Grips Adjustable HandHeld Mandoline SlicerBenriner Japanese Mandolin Vegetable Slicer

At work we call the Japanese version by it’s brand name. Someone will yell out “I need the Benriner!” and we know it’s the mandolin. Before I figured that out I was always so confused at what they were asking for! LOL. Both work really well for making thin julienned strips and slices of veggies and fruits.

The kids may not be able to wield the mandolin just yet, but they’ll have a blast helping with sesame chicken breading, and the older ones could make the Sesame Dressing by themselves! Speaking of the dressing – my favorite whisk for making vinaigrettes and dressings is a flat, u-shaped whisk.

Linden Sweden Flat Whisk, Black

Whisks like these fit right in the bottom of a bowl and there’s less work involved and you stir together all of the ingredients.

Sesame Chicken with Apple Carrot Slaw in a Plate

This is one of the images I took in the test kitchen when I was developing the recipes. I used shallots here instead of scallions. Later I changed it to green onions for variety with the other recipes in the story. Either way it’s delicious and I want you to feel free to mix and match whatever you want into this crunchy apple slaw.


5 from 1 vote
Sesame Chicken with Apple-carot slaw
Work Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
The slaw is delicious, the chicken is tasty, but the sesame dressing is amazing! You may want to make double for a salad the next day.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Sesame Chicken, sesame chicken with apple carrot slaw
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds plus extra for salad
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 4 chicken cutlets
  • 1 Red apple
  • 2 medium Carrots grated or julienned
  • 2 Scallions sliced
  • ½ medium Jicama peeled and julienned
  • cup Flat-leaf parsley chopped
Sesame Ginger Dressing
  • Whisk together:
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp sriracha hot sauce.
  1. Heat oven to 400ºF. In a shallow bowl mix together bread crumbs, sesame seeds, cayenne, salt and butter. Dip chicken cutlets into beaten egg, then into panko mixture.
  2. Bake on a foil-lined baking pan until golden and cooked through, about 12 min. Slice to serve with slaw.
  3. Combine sliced apple, julienned or grated carrot, thinly sliced scallions, julienned jicama, chopped flat-leaf parsley and toasted sesame seeds for the slaw. Serve chicken on top with Sesame Dressing.
Recipe Notes

Using your mandolin makes for simple prep!


Thai Coconut Shrimp SoupTry another creamy, yet low-fat and easy dinner idea:  Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup.





Asparagus with Lemon, Olives and FetaYou will also enjoy Asparagus with Lemon, Olives and Feta this season.  Asparagus is a favorite, and coupled with Olives and Feta, will become a staple on your summer table.




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Recipe by Tara Bench
Photographer Yunhee Kim
Food Stylist Paul Grimes
Originally published Ladies’ Home Journal August 2011

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