Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry

I love the flavors in Chinese food, but I don’t love biting into “chicken” and realizing it’s just a big ball of fried breading. This recipe was born out of a craving for Sesame Chicken, but not a fried or highly-fattening variety. You can throw into this stir-fry whatever vegetables you like. I used a third- to a half-cup each of baby broccoli, asparagus, yellow onion and mushrooms – the great thing about veggies is you can use as much or as little as you like. For the vegetarians out there, this marinade works well with tofu, too!

Marinade

  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp light EVOO
  • 1-1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Frank’s hot sauce

Stir-fry

  • 1 lb chicken breast, in chunks
  • 1/4 c sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1-1/2 tbsp canola oil, separated
  • 2-3 c chopped veggies of your choice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch*

Directions

Mix all of your marinade ingredients in a bowl. Chop chicken into small chunks and add to marinade.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes or as long as all day.

Meanwhile, place sesame seeds on uncoated baking sheet in oven at 400 degrees and toast until light brown.

Transfer to a large plate. Roll chicken pieces in seeds until well coated on all sides.

In a wok or large frying pan, heat half the canola oil and add chicken. On medium heat, brown chicken on one side, then flip – stirring too frequently will cause all the sesame seeds to fall off!

Remove chicken when done and set aside.

Pour remaining liquid into small saucepan, add cornstarch and stir slowly on low heat to create sauce.*

Add remaining oil, veggies and water to wok; cook until veggies start to become soft.

Return chicken to wok. Lower heat, add sauce and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Serve with brown rice.

*Dependiing on how many ingredients you use, you may not have leftover marinade in your wok to create a sauce. The flavor of this dish is strong enough that a sauce is not needed, or you can slightly increase the marinade ingredient amounts.

**BBQ/Grilling Option: Marinate your meat per above recipe. Skewer chicken pieces, alternating meat with delicious grill-friendly veggies like onions (my fave!), peppers, squash/zucchini, mushrooms and even eggplant. Then serve and enjoy – I hope you have a beautiful yard or patio to enjoy outdoor meals with friends! It’s something this apartment-dweller dreams of!

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