Sesame Chicken (Low carb)

Good ol’ chicken! Who doesn’t love it? (And even more so on keto where you can enjoy that crispy, heavenly skin completely guilt-free!) Here, I took the humble drumstick up a notch and cooked them with toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds – before drizzling a little more sesame oil over and garnishing with fresh chili and coriander (< that’s ‘cilantro’ for my US readers). Toasted sesame oil delivers MASSIVE flavour and I love it! I buy mine from the Trose, but not all of them stock it, so you can find the exact one I use online here.

(NOTE: I used 8 large drumsticks in this recipe and assumed each person’s portion would be two drumsticks each. This is how the macros were calculated.)

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Carbs 0.5g
(0.2%); Fat 18g (54.7%); Protein 33g (45.2%)
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Sesame Chicken (Low carb)
Delicious drumsticks with the massive flavours of toasted sesame, then finished with chili and coriander. Two drumsticks come in at only 0.5g carbs per serving. Enjoy with a lovely salad on the side.
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Rating: 5
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine General
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine General
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Votes: 2
Rating: 5
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  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F.
  2. Spread the chicken drumsticks on a lined, greased baking tray and season with salt. Use a pastry brush to brush over (the first reference to) sesame oil.
  3. Generously scatter over the sesame seeds, rolling the drumsticks in them until coated all over.
  4. Place in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the chicken has sufficiently cooked through.
  5. To serve, drizzle over the (second reference to) sesame oil and scatter over the sliced red chili and chopped coriander. Season further with salt, if needed.
  6. The full macro-breakdown (and allergens) can be found further down this page (keep scrolling), as well as the link to PIN THE RECIPE (for those on Pinterest). There is also a comment facility, so do let me know how you get on...
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Macro Details per serving (2 large drumsticks)
0.2%              Carbs
45.2%            Protein
54.7%            Fat

Nutritional Information per serving (2 large drumsticks)
Calories                         289Kcal / 1210kJ
Fat                                18g
 of which saturates        3.4g
Carbohydrates              0.5g (for my US readers, these are what you refer to as net carbs. See below*)
 of which sugars            0.5g
Fibre                              0.5g
Protein                           33g

*Note for US readers: The recipes on this site show the carbohydrates which should be counted on keto (in this case: it's 0.5g). Here in the UK, our nutritional breakdown information displays a carbohydrate count that has already had the dietary fibre subtracted (and displayed separately) - and it’s indicated this way throughout the site. In short, you need not subtract anything further.


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Disclaimer: The nutritional analysis, macro and allergen breakdown of the recipes on this site are meticulously calculated using the cloud-based software NUTRITICS®. NUTRITICS® is fully approved by the relevant Trading Standards organizations and is EU and FDA-compliant. The author, Monya Kilian Palmer is trained in using this superior software in order to provide you accurate data. The author is not a medical professional and this website has been designed only to provide you with recipes to suit the keto lifestyle you have chosen and discussed with your GP. The macros calculations are provided as a courtesy to you based on Monya’s weighing of ingredients when creating the dishes. If Erythritol (a sugar polyol) has been used in any of the recipes, it has already been manually excluded from the final carbohydrate count for you.


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  1. I plan to try this recipe tonight, it looks delicious.
    Monya, can you explain something to me?
    If fats are 18g & protein 33g
    how are the macros 54.7 & 45.2 respectively?

    1. Hi Noreen, great question! The percentages I also show are the percentages of CALORIE breakdown. Since fat is higher in calories per gram than protein, the percentage will appear higher even though the grams are lower.
      1g fat = 9 cal
      1g protein = 4 cal
      1g carb = 4 cal

      Most of us on keto don’t count calories so the percentage breakdown may not be important to everyone, but I just thought I would add them for those who are interested.

      Happy cooking!


      1. That makes total sense!
        And I would say that the macros do help to keep track of the ratios between fats, carbs and protein.
        Also, you’re website is an invaluable tool to keep me on the top of my low carb diet. Sincere thanks. N

        1. Noreen – that is wonderful to hear! Thank you for the compliment! Please share it far and wide! I am also publishing a cookbook in June this year (Octopus Publishing), so look out for it! xx

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