Recipe by Melaina Gasbarrino
Let’s face it; sometimes take-out food is not only an easy but also tastes pretty darn good. Why wouldn’t it? With all the extra added fat, salt, and sugar; there’s no wonder it has you keep coming back for more especially when you’re on the go. But what if you could create your same favorite take-out dish at home for almost the same price but with control of what goes in the dish?
In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make a super quick and easy version of one of everyone’s favorite take-out orders- Sesame Chicken. So if you’re craving Chinese food, skip the take-out menu and head over to your nearest grocery store, purchase the ingredients listed below and get ready to create an easy, sweet chicken dish.
What’s so great about this dish is that you can serve it on a bed of rice and steamed vegetables and literally feel as though you’re in your favorite Chinese restaurant. The crunchiness of the sesame seeds and the sweetness of the honey and soy sauce will have you falling in love with your own Chinese food creation and will make you rethink the take-out option altogether.
Melaina is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and as an avid environmentalist with a passion for focusing on healthy living. Having traveled the world and written about it every step of the way, she one day hopes to develop unique environmental educational programs for kids.
Calories per serving: 390 per serving
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 35 mins
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh, ground ginger
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1. Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces.
2. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, spray with vegetable oil or Pam. Cook chicken for about 6 minutes, until each piece is thoroughly cooked through (no longer pink).
3. As the chicken is cooking, mix honey, soy sauce, water, cornstarch, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Whisk until there are no cornstarch lumps.
4. Pour sauce into skillet with chicken and cook until sauce thickens slightly.
5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken starts soaking up the sauce.