Sesame Chicken with Broccoli2013-06-21
Say good-bye to takeout! You can make restaurant worthy sesame chicken by investing in a few Asian pantry ingredients. This full-flavor dish has a good mix of salty from the soy sauce, a hint of sweet from the honey, and a kick of heat from chili paste.
- 5 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 5 teaspoons honey
- 1 1/4 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 green onions, white parts thinly sliced and green tops reserved
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon chili paste
- 1 small head broccoli, cut in florets, steamed until crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- Hot cooked brown rice (optional)
1. In a medium bowl whisk together 3 Tbsp. of the soy sauce, 1 tsp. sesame oil, and 2 tsp. honey. Add cut-up chicken, toss to coat, then marinate for 20 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade with a slotted spoon. Discard the marinade.
2. In a large nonstick skillet or wok heat 2 tsp. of canola oil over medium-high heat. Cook half the chicken at a time for 6 minutes until browned and cooked through, turning once or twice. Transfer to a large serving plate. Heat 2 tsp. canola oil to cook remaining chicken. Transfer to serving plate.
3. In the same skillet heat the remaining 2 tsp. canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the white parts of onions, ginger, and garlic. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant. For sesame sauce, in a small bowl whisk together broth, remaining soy sauce, remaining honey, the cornstarch, vinegar, and chili paste until cornstarch and honey are incorporated. Add sauce to skillet. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes until thickened and darkened in color. Stir in remaining 1 tsp. sesame oil.
4. To serve, pour sauce over chicken. Surround chicken with steamed broccoli. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion tops. Serve with brown rice, if desired.
Make it vegetarian:
5. Use 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth and extra-firm tofu instead of chicken.
Make it gluten-free:
6. Use gluten-free soy sauce.
For less spice:
7. Remove portions before adding chili paste to remaining portions.