- Yield : 2-3
- Servings : 2-3
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 20m
- Ready In : 25m
Sesame Chicken $1.28 per serving
This is a recipe I have been wanting to make for a long long time. This is a great option for a healthier version of my favorite sesame chicken dish. Here in the Midwest, we have a grocery store chain named Hy-Vee; which I may have worked at growing up. . .”paper or plastic?”. I use to eat Hy-Vee’s sesame chicken religiously on my lunch breaks. Without almost any doubt, eating a mass amount of MSG may be the reason I come up just short of an even 6 foot tall (jk).
As common sense will tell you, eating a traditional sesame chicken dish is not the healthiest choice. Besides being loaded with high amounts of sugar, starches, and sodium, it’s just not the same as a home made dish in which you know every single ingredient you are consuming. In my mid-twenties I became a healthier eater and many dishes disappeared from my radar, sesame chicken happened to be one of them.
In the back of my mind I had always planned on making a healthier version of one of my favorite Asian inspired dishes. I came across a recipe online that looked great, and it spurred my creative spirit to give this a try. I of course added and subtracted items to fit my taste better, so I suggest you do the same.
This dish is so sweet, savory, and “sticky” you will make this a monthly entree I promise. Using honey is a great idea to substitute for regular sugar, but using honey adds that “sticky” aspect that you get from brown sugar.
Like all healthier versions of a person’s favorite recipe, this dish does not taste as glorious as the sugary big daddy version. It does however, taste pretty damn good for cutting half the calories if not more. I used white rice in this recipe, but if you are looking to lose weight or are diabetic, then making this with brown rice would be a better choice.
I had fun making this dish and it feels good to finally have a rock solid, healthy-ish, great tasting, sesame chicken recipe.