Sesame Chicken

I'm a big fan of Chinese food, and although most places have brown rice now, and will steam your food instead of deep frying it... the sauces can still be killer. I had an amazing sesame tofu last week while celebrating my friend sugar's birthday. It was delicious! I had them steam the tofu and veggies and they came out so tender, and the sauce... oh the sauce! I needed to figure out how to recreate it!

So this brings us to the internet search for sesame chicken sauce recipes. I came across a ton of different version (all requiring a trip into a deep fryer first). Many recipes later I came to the combination of this one.

It looked beautiful and was wicked tasty! But did it taste like the sesame chicken sauce of my favorite local Chinese joint... not so much... That's ok though, at least it was good! So make this if you want a healthy alternative to your normal take out :) We served it over "boil in the bag" brown rice, quick and easy.


Sesame Chicken
sauce from Kitchen Snippets

1 lb chicken cut into inch cubes
1 large head broccoli, cut into little chunks and steamed
1 Tbs whole wheat flour
salt and pepper to taste

sauce
3 tbsp of sweet chili sauce
2 tbsp of tomato ketchup
1- 2 tbsp of honey (depend on how sweet you want)
1 tbsp of oyster sauce
2 tbsp of light soy sauce
1/4 cup of water
some toasted sesame seed

1. Dredge chicken in flour and salt and pepper. Shake off excess and set aside. In batches in a olive oil spray covered frying pan, lightly cook chicken a few minutes each side. Remove from pan and place in a large bowl
2. Place broccoli in a steamer basket over hot water and cover, cook until bright in color but not soggy. Once cooked toss in with cooked chicken
3. Mix all the sauce ingredients together and pour into a pan. Bring it up to a boil and let the sauce thicken a bit.
4. Pour sauce over chicken and broccoli and toss it gently until evenly coated with the sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with warm brown rice.

9 chews:

Pearl said...

mm :) my mom always told me that chinese restaurants will usually deep fry their chicken first and then cover it in sauce so it gives added crunch... i'm so glad you found a healthier version!

This sounds like a delicious and healthy recipe for sesame chicken! Yum!

haha I just put up a huge post about all the recipes I want to try... and then you added this! Guess it'll have to go on my next one :) Who knew one of my fav chinese recipes could be healthy?!?

Astra Libris said...

OOOOH, YUM!!! I love sesame chicken, and your version looks both healthier and even yummier!!

Mmm mmm good. For sure!

Reeni♥ said...

This looks good! I love Sesame chicken. Funny, I have a Chinese post today, too, my Mom is really starting to experiment with Chinese cooking. And I am loving it!

burpandslurp said...

wow! this is a fabulous way to healthify this otherwise "bad" dish! I'm glad to find out I can make a chinese dish without using a gallon of oil and it still can be tasty! I'm definitely gonna try this sometime. It works with tofu, too, right?

stephchows said...

SO happy everyone is loving this one! And burpandslurp of course you can use tofu!! I'm totally going to make this using tofu... and probably shrimp too another day :D

gaga said...

I love sesame anything. It's so fragrant. I love that your version is healthy too. Looks great!

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