Posted by: Erica Retrochef | October 26, 2015

Sesame Chicken with Honey Dip

My daughter is usually not enthusiastic about retro recipes… when she needs to eat them. But when she came across this advertisement in an old National Geographic magazine, she ran to me right away.


“Mom, look, we need to make this!!! It’s got MAYONNAISE!!!


1/2 cup BEST FOODS Real Mayonnaise
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp instant minced onion
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey

Mix first 3 ingredients; set aside. Mix crumbs and sesame seeds. Coat chicken with Real Mayonnaise mixture, then crumb mixture. Place on baking sheet. Bake in 425°F oven 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve hot with dip. Serves 6.


I’m using chicken thighs for the meat; they’re easy to buy, and also have more flavor than chicken breasts.

And mayonnaise!


Mayonnaise with dry mustard mixed into it, and dried minced onion.


I was rather surprised to find that the mayo was barely enough to coat all the chicken. Usually there’s too much coating (which is actually good, because if one cook uses slightly more meat than another, the recipe can still work for everybody)…


And there was even less coating. I used up every single sesame seed, but there were still an number of gaps that weren’t covered.

But while that’s in the oven it’s time to make the “honey dip.” What all goes in that?

HONEY DIP: Mix 1 cup BEST FOODS Real Mayonnaise with 2 Tbsp honey.


Oh, so this is just like honey mustard — but with mayonnaise!

Simple enough.


These taste good. It isn’t perfect: Mayo tends to break when cooked, so the oil oozes and things get greasy. The coating stayed soft instead of crunchy, although the sesame seeds help restore some texture. But everyone liked these, and we discovered honey mayonnaise — who would have expected that to taste amazing?

So overall, daughter’s first found recipe was a big success. Next week, we’ll be trying another from the same page — hope you’re looking forward to it!

This advertisement was scanned in from the December 1980 issue of National Geographic.


  1. And this was already my all-time favorite issue of National Geography, because of its long article on the Aztecs.

  2. If your daughter likes mayo that much, you would think retro food would be a hit!

  3. Honey… mayonnaise.
    Okay, then.
    May have to try that…?

  4. I remember that advertising page; it’s been around forever! I hope you’re going to make that “pie” thing next. It looks horrible.

    • We made the pie thing too, and the post came out today. It wasn’t too bad—certainly not as nasty as I feared.

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