Saturday, January 24, 2015

EASY Sesame Chicken


I cook a lot of chicken for my family.  That's no lie.  Everyone in my house likes chicken and well yes, it's good for you.   I will often buy at least 4 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts at a time and divide and freeze it up.   I can then just grab a bag of frozen chicken in the morning out of the freezer to defrost in the sink during the day and when it is time for dinner prep the breasts are ready to go. 



Of course the hard part comes when I have to figure out HOW to cook or bake the chicken.  Do I make a simple stir fry (for the 3rd time this month) or cube into pieces for breaded chicken nuggets or do I bake it in the oven, seasoned well along with a dash of prayer for it to remain moist?  So yes, I do often lack in creativity with all my stock in chicken breasts.  I find myself radiating often to the "chicken boards" on Pinterest in desperation for a new, fantastically DELICIOUS and SIMPLE recipe that will make my kiddos and my darling Jeff swoon with happiness over their dinner plates.


Believe it or not "swooning" did happen just the other night when I made this very dish that you see above.  Yes, purely simple and lovely, lovely praise over the delicious taste of Sesame Chicken that I, myself made with my own two hands came from the mouths of my family.  Honestly, I couldn't blame them!  This recipe for Sesame Chicken is perfection!  It tastes just like the Sesame Chicken we order from Lee Mt. Fuji (our favorite Chinese restaurant). All the flavors of tangy sweetness along with the hint of salt surrounding the tender chicken tenders is there.  And the best part is that YOU can make this very dish yourself and have the pleasure of having all your dinner companions "swoon" with happiness and admiration for YOU over the dinner you just prepared.  Just follow the recipe below.   


EASY Sesame Chicken
(recipe slightly adapted from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice)

Ingredients :
3-4 chicken breasts - boneless and skinless, cut into 2" cubes
salt and pepper to taste
2 whole eggs or 3 egg whites 
1/3 cup cornstarch
4 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
2-3 green onions - sliced thin
 

Sauce Ingredients:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
fresh ginger - 1/2" grated or minced 
3 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions:

In a large bowl whisk together eggs and cornstarch until they are well incorporated.  Toss in chicken cubes to coat.  

Heat a large frying pan with oil.  Once oil is hot add in egg coated chicken.  Cook chicken until golden brown on all sides and fully cooked - about 5-7 minutes. 

While chicken is cooking make sauce - whisk all together in a medium size bowl soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, freshly grated ginger and sesame seeds.

When chicken in fully cooked add in prepared sauce. Toss chicken with sauce to fully coat.   Sauce will thicken as it simmers with the chicken.  Take pan off of heat and serve chicken over rice along with steamed broccoli.  Sprinkle sliced greens onions over chicken to garnish if desired.  ENJOY!


Happy Sesame Chicken Cooking!


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