Sesame Chicken

2015-08-15
  • 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.

Sesame Chicken
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Sesame Chicken
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Sesame Chicken
Print Recipe
Sesame Chicken
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Start by heating 1/2 tbsp of oil in a pot on medium high heat. While it's heating up chop 1/2 of a white onion, garlic, and green onions. Add chopped white onions to the heated pot to saute for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of rice and 1 cup of water, bring to a boil then set heat to low and cover for 20 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup honey, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp sesame seeds and 2 minced cloves of garlic. Stir and set aside.
  3. Cut up chicken breasts into bite sized pieces or strips. Season with S & P.
  4. In a large bowl mix 2 egg whites and 3 tbsp of cornstarch. Coat all of the cut chicken breast pieces.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of oil to a medium high heat pan on the stove. Add the coated chicken, and cook each side for about 4 minutes or until browned and fully cooked, (no pink).
  6. Chicken should look close to this if done correctly. Remove chicken from heat.
  7. Add the sweet sauce, broccoli florets, chopped green onions and mix all together well.
  8. Plate some rice and top with this delicious sesame chicken. * The leftovers taste even better after being chilled.
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  1. posted by Matthew on 08/15/2015

    Tell us how yours turned out or what you would do differently. -Cheapstir

     

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