Epcots' Nine Dragons' Copycate Honey Sesame Chicken
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After our wedding in California, where I was born and raised, Chris and I drove across the county in my SUV . . . hauling all my belongings that I could fit. If I remember correctly, we stayed in Arizona, Texas, and Tennessee; we pushed through and made it home the 4th day.

Our very first meal together in our home as a married couple was a can of Spaghetti-oh’s that Chris had in the cupboards. hahah Not being a canned foods kinda girl, I doctored it up a bit with some seasoning and made it a decent meal. 😉

Fast forward some weeks, I decide it’s time to get fancy in the kitchen so I ask Chris what meal he would like me to make — yep, the Honey Sesame Chicken dish from Disney was his first request. To work I went in the kitchen and the result . . .? It’s safe to say my new husband was thoroughly impressed 🙂 Since then, this dish has been a staple for us.

Making the Copycat Honey Sesame Chicken

The original recipe is from Disneyfoodblog.com, but we made some alterations to fit our taste better (after making it 5239238 times). First, I like to marinate the chicken for longer than 30 minutes to let that sesame flavor really come through. Then, we increased the amount of honey in the sauce. Everything comes together soooo well!

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 40 mins Total Time 1 hr
Servings: 2
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


If you liked fried chicken and sweet flavorful sauces, you'll love this recipe. The honey sesame flavors in this dish are just right for a meal. It doesn't taste too sweet like dessert but savory enough to complement a bowl of white rice.




Honey Sauce



  1. Combine the marinade

    Add all marinade ingredients into a medium sized bowl and give it a quick stir. 

  2. Add chicken strips

     to the marinade and toss lightly to coat each piece evenly.

  3. Let stand

    Let the chicken marinate for 10 minutes, at least. 

    I like to let it sit for at least 1 hour in the fridge or up to 24 hrs overnight.

Batter & Fry

  1. Combine dry batter ingredients

    Mix the flour, cornstarch and baking powder together in a medium bowl and stir to combine. 

  2. Add wet ingredients

    Mix in the beaten egg white, water and oil to the dry ingredients.

  3. Rest the batter mixture

    Set mixture aside for 30 minutes. Start preparing the Honey Sauce while the batter is resting (but do NOT heat up the sauce at this point yet).

  4. Heat the Oil

    Pour enough oil into a 2-quart saucepan to come to a depth of 2 inches. Heat over med-high heat to 320 F

  5. Add the chicken to the batter

    After 30 minutes, add the marinated chicken strips into the batter mixture making sure all chicken is fully coated. Using tongs or chopsticks, drop individual chicken strips into hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes each. Drain fried chicken strips on paper towels to soak up some of the oil.

  6. (Optional step) Air fry chicken

    For extra crispy chicken, air fry the fried chicken for an additional 5 minutes before mixing in the honey sauce. You might need to do it in batches, depending on the size of your bucket.

  7. Serve & Enjoy!

    Serve immediately with Honey Sauce.

Honey Sauce

  1. Combine ingredients

    Add all ingredients into a bowl and set aside.

  2. Heat the sauce

    Heat Honey Sauce mixture in a clean frying pan over med-high heat. Stir until mixture bubbles.

  3. Add in the Chicken

    As soon as the sauce bubbles, turn off heat and mix in chicken pieces with a spatula.

  4. Place on individual plates with a side of rice and enjoy immediately.

  5. Optional topping

    Sprinkle with chopped green onions and toasted white sesame seeds.

    To toast sesame seeds, I threw some seeds into a hot pan and roasted it on medium high heat for just a few minutes. Stir the seeds continuously so they don't burn. Once they're slightly browned, take it off the heat immediately and pour it on a plate.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 5

Servings 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 730kcal
Calories from Fat 250kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 195mg65%
Sodium 730mg31%
Total Carbohydrate 19g7%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 10g
Protein 97g194%

Vitamin C 10 mg
Iron 12 mg
Vitamin E 8 IU
Vitamin K 5 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Keywords: chicken, copycat recipe, Epcot, nine dragons

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