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.
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!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful twist on chicken my friend - I am sure the sesame flavours it wonderfully :)ReplyDelete
Choc Chip Uru
Beautiful! I love sesame chicken, go you for creating a lighter version.ReplyDelete
great easy recipe!!