Sesame Chicken Light Recipe

By Charlean · Aug 27, 2015 ·
  1. Charlean
    Serves 2

    Lighter Sesame Chicken satisfies my craving for Chinese take-out, without all the calories that usually come along with it. Gluten-free, too!

    • 1/2 cup brown rice
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
    • 2 Tablespoons gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce (dish will not be GF if using soy sauce)
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1 egg white
    • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
    • 2 small chicken breasts (12oz), cut into 2" pieces
    • salt & pepper
    • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 2 green onions, chopped
    • 2 cups broccoli florets

    1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, combine honey, sesame seeds, Tamari or soy sauce, and garlic together in a small bowl then set aside. In a separate larger bowl, whisk together egg white and cornstarch until smooth. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper then add to egg white mixture and toss to evenly coat.
    2. In a small saucepan, steam broccoli until crisp tender then set aside.
    3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, then carefully add chicken. Cook for 3-4 minutes a side, or until cooked through. Turn off heat and remove skillet from burner. Add prepared sauce and green onions then toss to combine. Stir in broccoli, then scoop mixture into bowls over cooked rice.
    Start by making the lightly-sweetened sesame chicken sauce. Combine 2-1/2 Tablespoons gluten-free Tamari or soy sauce (dish will not be GF if using soy sauce) and 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds in a bowl.
    Then add 1/4 cup honey. Drizzly, thick, and golden yellow. Finally, add 1 minced garlic clove, stir everything up, then set the sauce aside.

    Next get to work on the chicken. Pat dry, then season 2 small chicken breasts (about 12oz) cut into 2″ hunks with salt & pepper. Add the chicken pieces to 1 egg white whisked with 2 Tablespoons cornstarch in a large bowl, then toss to coat. THIS is the faux-batter! It’s amazing how foamy the egg white and cornstarch become almost like tempura batter. So cool.
    Time to cook! Heat 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet, then add the battered chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes a side, or until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.Turn off the heat, remove the skillet from the burner, then add the pre-made sauce and 2 chopped green onions, and toss everything to combine.
    Finally add 2 cups steamed broccoli into the skillet, and stir again to combine. Serve the Lighter Sesame Chicken over cooked brown rice (directions and timing for cooking the rice and broccoli are in the recipe) for a super-satisfying, quick and easy dinner!

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