Friday, July 6, 2012

Light Sesame Chicken for 2

  One of my favorite chinese dishes is sesame chicken and this recipe is great since you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen. The flavor is simple- great for kids to adults who may not be real big on chinese food and it can be halved (what I did) or multiplied to serve a crowd. Even my dad, who generally will try, but not love the chinese-themed dishes I make said he liked it and finished his bowl.

 It's easy to make take-out at home and you can experiment with different ingredients and flavors. You could leave out the vegetables, add in other veggies, double the sauce portion if your prefer more sauce, and/or add some nuts like cashews or peanuts to add some crunch on top.

Light Sesame Chicken for 2
adapted: Alida's Kitchen
Serves: 2 - this is half of the original recipe

1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp soy sauce, low sodium
1 tbsp white sesame seeds
1 garlic clove, minced or grated
1 large egg white
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut in 2" chunks
course pepper
a little salt
2 cups broccoli florets, steamed (for serving -optional) you can use another type of veg.

1. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce,honey, sesame seeds and garlic. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, stir egg whites and cornstarch with a fork until combined. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper.
3. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium-high and spray with cooking spray. Add chicken and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown. (Note: depending on your pan size,the chicken may need to be cooked in batches).
4. Lower the heat to medium-low. Add the sauce and vegetables(if using) in the pan with the chicken, toss to combine, and cook on medium for a minute or until the sauce has thickened. Serve with rice.

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