Cold Weather Comfort Food: Sesame Chicken

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Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousChef

I do love good Chinese take away; however, I now always sure what I’m getting. For example, many Asian restaurants use MSG and I am not a big fan of that particular ingredient.

So, I decided to make my own. The chicken was pretty straightforward, but it took six attempts at the sauce before I got it to where I was happy. If you’ve prepped your ingredients, this dish will come together in a quick 20 minutes.

If made as per instructions this dish has a nice warm lingering heat to it...

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Rating:

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Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
10 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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PLAN/PURCHASE

THE SAUCE

1/4 c
dark brown sugar, packed
2.5 - 3 Tbsp
flour, all purpose variety
2 c
chicken stock, not broth
1/4 c
white rice or sushi vinegar
2 Tbsp
tamari sauce
2 Tbsp
sesame oil
2 tsp
chili paste
2 clove
garlic, minced
2 Tbsp
toasted sesame seeds
1/4 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes (for heat) optional

THE CHICKEN

1 large
egg
2 Tbsp
cornstarch
2 medium
chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces, about 1 pound
2 Tbsp
sesame oil

How to Make Cold Weather Comfort Food: Sesame Chicken

Step-by-Step

  • PREP/PREPARE
    1PREP/PREPARE
  • THE SAUCE
    2THE SAUCE
  • Gather your ingredients.
    3Gather your ingredients.
  • In a large (non-reactive) bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce, and...
    4In a large (non-reactive) bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce, and reserve.
  • Chef’s Note: The traditional way to make this is with cornstarch; however, I like...
    5Chef’s Note: The traditional way to make this is with cornstarch; however, I like the depth the flour gives to the sauce.
  • Chef's Tip: If you want to add an additional layer of flavor to this...
    6Chef's Tip: If you want to add an additional layer of flavor to this dish, toast the flour in a dry pan over medium heat, before adding it to the other ingredients.
  • THE CHICKEN
    7THE CHICKEN
  • Gather your ingredients.
    8Gather your ingredients.
  • Take a medium bowl, and whisk together the egg and cornstarch.
    9Take a medium bowl, and whisk together the egg and cornstarch.
  • Add the cut up chicken, and toss to evenly coat with the mixture.
    10Add the cut up chicken, and toss to evenly coat with the mixture.
  • Add the sesame oil to a skillet over medium-high heat.
    11Add the sesame oil to a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • When the oil begins to shimmer, add the chicken.
    12When the oil begins to shimmer, add the chicken.
  • Chef’s Tip: Shake off any excess egg before placing into the pan.
    13Chef’s Tip: Shake off any excess egg before placing into the pan.
  • Keep the pan active (stirring) while the chicken is cooking.
    14Keep the pan active (stirring) while the chicken is cooking.
  • Cook until the chicken is cooked through and beginning to brown.
    15Cook until the chicken is cooked through and beginning to brown.
  • Add the reserved sauce to the skillet, and turn the heat down to medium...
    16Add the reserved sauce to the skillet, and turn the heat down to medium low.
  • Continue to cook until the sauce thickens, about 6 to 8 minutes.
    17Continue to cook until the sauce thickens, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Serve over some long-grain white rice, with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and maybe...
    18Serve over some long-grain white rice, with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, and maybe a fortune cookie on the side. Enjoy
  • Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
    19Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Cold Weather Comfort Food: Sesame Chicken

Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Asian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom




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