Who doesn’t love Chinese take out? I was craving some sesame chicken but I have yet to find a Chinese delivery place that I’m absolutely in love with – especially for the price. As a happy compromise, I figured I’d make my own but was disappointed to see that the sesame chicken recipes floating around the internet all seem to involve frying the chicken. Nothing against fried chicken, but I was looking for something a little lighter.
The final result was very tasty, very easy, and as far as sesame chicken goes, very healthy. I served it up with a side of brown rice. The only thing missing were some chopsticks!
Sesame Chicken & Brocolli
For the Marinade:
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp salt (omit if not using low-sodium soy sauce)
- 2 tbsp flour
- 4 tbsp water
- 1 tsp baking powder
For the Sauce:
- 3 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic, grated
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, grated
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 tbsp cooking sherry
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 medium head broccoli, cut into florets
- 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
- 1 cup peanuts
Start by whisking together all of the ingredients for your marinade. Toss the chicken into the marinade and set aside while you prepare your sauce, start your rice, and prepare your veggies.
To make the sauce, heat the sesame oil over a very low heat. Grate in the garlic and the ginger and stir until it becomes fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients and combine well. Keep the sauce over a low heat while you continue to cook.
Now that the chicken has been marinading between 15 and 20 minutes, cook over medium high heat in a saute pan. When the chicken is browned on all sides, add in the broccoli and cover. Allow the broccoli to cook for 5-6 minutes, or until tender. When the broccoli has cooked, stir in the scallions and peanuts and transfer to a serving dish.
Pour your sauce over the chicken and veggies and you’re ready to dig in!