Light Sesame Chicken

Let me spin you a little tale…

I’ve long wanted to make Sesame Chicken or beef or hamburger buns or really anything containing sesame seeds.  So I went on a quest to the grocery store, searching for sesame seeds.  But I didn’t know where to look for them.  And have you ever tried to find a store employee when you can’t find something?  Or when you have your children with you and it’s getting close to lunch time?  Yeah.

So I checked at every grocery store in town (twice).  I looked by the rice, by the seeds, by the nuts…I searched the store (but never asked for help – darn those elusive employees!)

Finally, probably a year later I stumbled upon the sesame seeds in the International foods section (near the rice, duh) in a little tiny jar.  Not a box, not a bag, a teeny tiny jar.  I really felt stupid, but I blame it on the packaging.

But now that I know what I’m looking for (finally) I can use sesame seeds to my hearts desire!

Light Sesame Chicken
Adapted from Alida’s Kitchen

1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup cornstarch
1 ½ lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in 2 inch chunks
2 tbsp white onion, diced
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
1 large crown broccoli, cut into florets and steamed
2 cups cooked brown rice

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg and cornstarch, season lightly with salt and pepper.  Add the chicken and stir until coated.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil (about 1 teaspoon).  Add the chicken and stir fry until completely cooked through; 6-8 minutes.  Add the onions during the last minute of cooking and lightly cook.

While the chicken cooks, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and garlic in a serving bowl.  Add the cooked chicken and stir until the chicken is covered in sauce.  Serve over brown rice and steamed broccoli.

Serves 4


  1. It always seems to work out that way, doesn't it?! When you need help finding something, nobody is around. And then later, the elusive ingredient appears before you in a strange (or not so strange) aisle. Glad you and the seeds connected! Looks like a fabulous little dish!

  2. What a beautiful twist on chicken my friend - I am sure the sesame flavours it wonderfully :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  3. Beautiful! I love sesame chicken, go you for creating a lighter version.

  4. Total yum!!
    great easy recipe!!


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