One Pan Paleo Sticky Sesame Chicken Thighs

One Pan Paleo Sticky Sesame Chicken Thighs

One-Pan Paleo Sticky Sesame Chicken Thighs makes a quick and easy weeknight meal! Serve over cauliflower rice for a full ‘take-out’ style meal any night of the week. 

We love a good sesame chicken recipe, and it's a go-to for a lot of people for takeout. But if you are following a paleo diet you know that takeout means can be a minefield of unknown and likely forbidden ingredients that will get you off track. With this sticky chicken thigh recipe, you can make your own paleo sesame chicken recipe at home and control the ingredients.

One Pan Paleo Sticky Sesame Chicken Thighs Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds chicken thighs, cubed
  • 6 tablespoon cassava sweetener or sweetener of choice
  • 3 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 ½ tbsp. ketchup or bbq sauce
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish, optional

How to Make Paleo Sticky Chicken Sesame Thighs

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This easy, quick and flavorful meal comes together with only a few simple ingredients that you can find at any local grocery store. If you aren't following a paleo diet, then feel free to use any brand of these products that you would like!

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Add your chicken and oil to the pan and cook for 6 to 8 minutes.

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Next, mix together the coconut aminos, sweetener, and ketchup. Add the sauce to the chicken.

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Cook the chicken for an additional 2 to 3 minutes and then stir in the coconut flour to thicken.

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Mix and let the chicken sit, covered, for 2 to 3 minutes while the sauce thickens.

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Mix well and serve over cauliflower rice.

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How to Store and Serve Paleo Sticky Sesame Chicken Thighs

We love this right over cauliflower rice but you can serve it with plain white rice, jasmine rice, or try one of these other rice alternatives. Serve it right out of the pan for dinner (recipe yields 4 generous servings, or 6), or divide it into your containers for a take-out style lunch all week.  

You can freeze the chicken very easily and even the rice, too, if you like. Transfer to a zip-close bag and press out all the air, or store in the freezer. Defrost in the microwave, in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in a hot skillet.

You might consider serving these sticky sesame chicken thighs with a side of steamed broccoli. Drizzle it with a little bit of sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving. Steamed green beans would also complement this dish well, or perhaps sauteed bell peppers.

Substitutions and Alterations

This sauce is adaptable very easily to other proteins. Try this paleo sticky sauce with tofu or shrimp, or some lean pork or steak. Tofu and shrimp will cook much faster than chicken, though, so keep that in mind.

You can make this sticky sesame chicken recipe without the paleo-leaning ingredients if you need to. Swap the coconut aminos for soy sauce, for example, or regular flour for the coconut flour. Agave would work in place of honey or cassava.

RELATED: More Sticky Chicken Dishes! Lighter Mango Chicken Sticky Rice Meal Prep! Or how about Sesame Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry Meal Prep!

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One Pan Paleo Sticky Sesame Chicken Thighs

A Paleo Sticky Sesame Chicken Thigh recipe that is made in one pan for a quick and easy weeknight meal! Serve over cauliflower rice for a full ‘take-out’ style meal any night of the week. Or make a big batch and divide it into your containers to meal prep.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken, Meal Prep, paleo
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 233.15kcal
Author: Sarah Kesseli


  • 1.5 lbs chicken thighs, cubed
  • 6 tbsp. cassava syrup or honey
  • 3 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1.5 tbsp. ketchup
  • 0.5 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1.5 tsp. garlic powder can sub crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour
  • sesame seeds optional


  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add in diced chicken thighs and cook for 6-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together sweetener, coconut aminos, ketchup, and garlic powder. Add the sauce to the chicken and cover, cooking for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  • Stir the coconut flour into sauce if you'd like it to be a little thick; if not, you can skip this step. Let it sit for a minute or two to combine.
  • Sprinkle the dish with sesame seeds. Serve as desired.


Serving: 1meal | Calories: 233.15kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.65g | Protein: 22.4g | Fat: 6.17g | Saturated Fat: 1.67g | Cholesterol: 107.73mg | Sodium: 310.65mg | Potassium: 309.51mg | Fiber: 0.93g | Sugar: 18.24g | Vitamin A: 46.45IU | Vitamin C: 0.15mg | Calcium: 10.21mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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AboutSarah Kesseli

Sarah Kesseli is a Certified Eating Psychology & Intuitive Eating Counselor at She spent the first eight years of her career working in the fitness industry before making the jump into the food, ‘mood’ and nutrition side of the wellness world. Sarah also creates healthy and simple recipes on her website Ingredients Of A Fit Chick as well as for a few well-known, industry leading companies. In her free time, Sarah loves to attend yoga classes, hike, read and spend time at the beach.


  1. Why would you use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic? This recipe has too many things that I prefer not to eat. I would rather eat fresh, recognizable food.

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