Quick Recipe: Sesame Chicken
Sesame chicken is a Chinese food restaurant staple. And even though each place usually makes it slightly differently, it’s almost always good and a safe bet to order if you’re unsure what to get. Well there’s good news! You can easily make sesame chicken yourself at home. It’s important to note though, that Chinese food restaurants’ sesame chicken usually has chicken that has been coated and fried. Ours does not. Honestly though, that kind of makes it even better since it makes it a bit lighter than the fried version. This sesame chicken is so good you’re going to want to eat it every day. You could also just make the sauce and use it on another meat like pork or on a ton of veggies (substituting vegetable broth if you want a vegetarian dish) if you wish. This is one of our favorite quick stir-fry recipes to make for dinner.
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
- Salt and pepper
- 1-2 carrot(s), sliced or 1 cup of frozen broccoli, thawed
- ½ cup leeks, sliced, or half of an onion sliced
- 2 tbsp sesame or canola oil for cooking
- ½ cup sugar
- 1/8 cup corn starch
- ½ cup chicken broth
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1-2 tsp salt (to taste)
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)
In a large pan heat the oil. Add the chicken to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Once the chicken begins to brown, add the carrot/broccoli and leeks/onion.
While the chicken and veggies are cooking, in a medium saucepan combine the cornstarch and sugar. Then stir in the chicken broth, water, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili powder, garlic, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Once the chicken and veggies are cooked through and the sauce is thick, pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Stir well to coat everything thoroughly. If desired, add sesame seeds.
Serve with white rice.