Felt like sesame chicken tonight, but to be honest there aren’t any Chinese restaurants by my house that I absolutely have been impressed with. Then I thought, it’s easy, much cheaper, and much healthier to make my own sesame chicken right at home. I love Asian flavors, they are the perfect blend of sweet and savory, and that’s exactly how I like my sesame chicken. I did some researching online and found an easy, quick recipe from Marcus Samuelson. I’ve seen him a lot on Food Network, so how bad can the recipe be. I did lessen the amount of some ingredients, but will leave the original link to his recipe below. With my sesame chicken I will make some healthy brown rice as a bed for my chicken, and dinner will be set. Feel free to make a green salad or healthy side dish like my french green beans with olive oil, parmesan and cashews to go along with your sesame chicken and brown rice!
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
1 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh, ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
1 clove garlic minced
salt to taste
Directions For Brown Rice
In a large pan add olive oil, and garlic. Next add your rinsed brown rice and water. Add a dash of salt. Cover with a lid and let come to a boil. Once it does, cook on low to simmer at least 20-25 minutes until light and fluffy.
Cut your cleaned chicken breasts into bite size pieces. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, add one teaspoon olive oil. Add chicken and cook for about 6-8 minutes, until each piece is thoroughly cooked through (no longer pink). As the chicken is cooking, mix honey, soy sauce, water, cornstarch, ginger, and garlic. Whisk until there are no cornstarch lumps. Pour sauce into skillet with chicken and cook until sauce thickens slightly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken starts soaking up the sauce.
To put it altogether, place a scoop of brown rice on your plate, and top with delicious sesame chicken. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro if you like. Enjoy!
Original Recipe from Marcus Samuelson
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