One Pot Sesame Chicken Meatballs

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This one pot sesame chicken meatballs with homemade lo mein recipe is a quick, hearty Chinese food copycat recipe perfect for weeknights that the whole family will love. It is an easy one pot dish that can be made ahead for meal prep also! 

Sesame Chicken Meatballs in skillet with noodles.

Homemade Lo Mein Recipe with

Sesame Chicken Meatballs

a Chinese Food Copycat Recipe

You don't have to order take out to have a fantastic Asian meal at home.  When you make it yourself you can control the ingredients and things such as fat and sodium. This recipe for sesame chicken meatballs is a lot more healthy , but just as satisfying. I would not consider the recipe low sodium, there is a few ingredients that tend to be higher in sodium. For this reason I do not salt anything except for the meatballs.

broccoli in skillet.

Also check out our amazing low carb meatballs!


Are you a fan of Chinese sesame chicken?  Then you will love this easy one pot dish. 

One of the best things that has ever happened to me in my life was trying chicken meatballs.  I am a HUGE fan of chicken.  Grilled, roasted, ground, BBQ, dark meat, white meat...  you get the picture.

I mean don't get me wrong, I like ground beef meatballs I just feel like they do not fit in to all recipes.  Like this one.  A ground beef meatball just wouldn't go as well with the sauce as the ground chicken does.

chinese food copycat recipe in skillet with vegetables.

Cooking The Meatballs in a Skillet

Sesame Chicken Meatballs are easy and cook up fast.  Just be sure to cook them all the way through- 165 degrees.  They won't dry out, we have a fantastic sauce that they will be smothered in. The best way to gain added flavor is to get the pan nice and hot, add oil and sear the meatballs on all "sides" .  Yes, I know, a circle doesn't have sides, but you know what I mean. 

sesame chicken meatballs skillet.


Like the sounds of this recipe?   Try out Asian Potstickers!  

We even have an amazing homemade potsticker/dumpling dough that is so easy you won't believe it. Skip the take out and try these potstickers!   You can fry, steam or bake them.

chinese potsticker being dipped in sauce with chopsticks.

Also try our General Tso Meatballs

Sweet and spicy general tso sauce on lower calorie chicken meatballs!

general tso chicken meatballs in sauce.

Making our Chinese Sesame Chicken Recipe

NOTE*  if you would like additional sauce, double the recipe and pour half in during the last few minutes of cooking.  Usually the restaurants smother any Chinese sesame chicken recipe with too much sauce and the flavor of the vegetables get lost.  So we intentionally do not make a lot of sauce for this recipe. 

chinese sesame chicken recipe

sesame chicken meatballs

One Pot Sesame Chicken Meatballs & Lo Mein

One Pot Sesame Chicken Meatballs & Lo Mein

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Sesame Chicken Meatballs & Lo Mein Recipe. Our most popular one pot recipe combines your favorite chinese take out flavors with an easy at home dinner


  • For the meatballs
  • 12 oz. ground chicken
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup hoisin sauce
  • ⅓ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tsp- each Corn Starch and Cold water, mixed to make slurry
  • Juice of 1 orange, optional
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • Pinch Salt & Pepper
  • For the Lo Mein:
  • 6 oz. Lo Mein Noodles
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Water, how much will depend on your pan


  1. Combine ground chicken, egg, panko, garlic, onion powder, ginger, pinch of salt & pepper in a bowl. Mix well. Use hands to shape into 2" meatballs. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium , drizzle with olive oil, add meatballs. Cook evenly on all sides for 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165. Pour sesame oil evenly around the pan during the last few minutes of cooking.
  3. Remove the meatballs, set aside. Reduce temperature to medium low.
  4. Add lo mein noodles to the pan and cover with water, cook until al dente. Drain water.
  5. Add sauce ingredients, bring to boil , stir in slurry mixture. Reduce to simmer. Mix well.
  6. Add veggies, lo mein and meatballs back to pan. 
  7. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until heated through. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gProtein: 25g

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16 thoughts on “One Pot Sesame Chicken Meatballs”

  1. It says to use 1/4 cup soy sauce for sauce, but then there's another 2 tablespoons soy sauce at the bottom—when does that get used? Thanks.

    • HI Karen,

      I believe you may be talking about the little bit that goes in the meatballs!

      • Hmm ... I don't think so because there's no soy sauce listed for the meatballs. But step 5 says to add the sauce and veggie ingredients. There's 1/4 cup soy sauce in the sauce ingredients, but then at the bottom of the ingredients list (just above the water) there's another 2 tablespoons—when does that go in? Thanks!

  2. This was absolutely delicious, my hubby and brother raved about it! Love that it's so easy and different, thank you!

  3. when I saw the list of ingredients, I almost passed, because it's a long list! But I'm glad I kept reading, because it still sounds really simple, despite the lengthy list of ingredients. And it just sounds and looks too good to ignore - hopefully, my finished product will be worth the trip to the grocery store! (p.s. - I may, just may, be drooling enough with anticipation to cover the noodles in the pot without even adding water!)

    • HI Marni,

      Yes the list does look crazy long, especially in the format the recipe card places it into. If you break it down most ingredients may be things you have on hand already. It is basically just what to use for the meatballs and sauce 🙂
      Sorry if it was a bit distracting!


  4. I love this flavor fusion of two of my favorite take-out recipes in one. Thank you for sharing this delicious dinner idea with the Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!

  5. AWESOME RECIPE- I made the noodles in one pot and boiled it covered and then took it off they were still hard. made another batch of noodles and just poured on top and came out great. any idea of why it didnt cook the first time? Also there wasn't so much sauce and i doubled it but noodles didnt seem to have enough moisture? Even though i threw the first noodles away and put in a new batch the recipe was really really good! so thank u!

    • HI Danielle!
      Thank you SO much for commenting. When we tested this recipe the first time the same thing happened to us. We made some adjustments and everything came out perfectly. One thing we changed was the noodle we were using, I wonder if out lo mein is different? The recipe has since been adjusted to including boiling the noodles for just a few minutes so that no matter what kind of noodles (size, brand, etc) , it should work for everyone. Still one pot, because it is in the same pot. 🙂
      Thank you for the thoughts on the sauce, I have updated the recipe with a note about doubling if they wish to have more sauce!

  6. What a delicious twist on classic meatballs and spaghetti. I appreciate that everything is made easily in one pot too!


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