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Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken.  This recipe recreation was too good not to share.  We recently made a fabulous dipping sauce for some sweet potato steak fries and the key ingredients were agave nectar and soy sauce.  One taste of it and my love for sesame chicken came rushing back.

I say that as if sesame chicken is a staple meal for me.  Quite the contrary actually.  We rarely never go out for Chinese Food.  It’s been years.  But every bite of sesame chicken I’ve ever eaten was like dessert.

I set out to recreate this dish sans the sodium bomb, and I think we’ve got a keeper.  Served with white rice and steamed snow peas, this Sesame Chicken was a fabulous restaurant quality meal, enjoyed in the comfort of home.

Sesame Chicken
Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For the chicken…

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/5 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbl. coconut or canola oil

For the sauce…

  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 Tbl. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

For serving…

  • 1 Tbl. sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • Serve with rice and steamed veggies

Instructions
 

For the chicken…

  • Dip chicken in egg whites.
  • Combine the cornstarch and black pepper in a covered bowl. Add chicken chunks in batches and shake to coat.
  • Heat oil in a deep skillet (or wok) over medium heat. Add coated chicken pieces in batches, browning on all sides until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Repeat with additional batches until all chicken has been cooked. Meanwhile prepare the sauce.

For the sauce…

  • Combine all sauce ingredients. Return all cooked chicken to the skillet, add the sauce and gently stir over medium low heat until chicken is well coated, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat toss in toasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions.
  • Serve with rice and steamed vegetables.