Thursday, January 13, 2011

Good Food - Honey Sesame Chicken

Since Smarty Pants has a discerning palate (who am I kidding? he's the world's pickiest eater!), when I come across something healthy that he'll willingly eat, it's like winning the lottery.

If you or someone in your family enjoys Orange Chicken, give this recipe a try!  It's much healthier than what the Chinese restaurants serve up, and you can control the sweetness by playing with the honey/teriyaki ratio.

Honey Sesame Chicken

I usually serve it with baby broccoli and rice

Original recipe found here.  I altered it a bit, so here's my version--


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (divided)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

5 (6 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bite-size pieces
olive or sesame oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce* (I use Yoshidas)
2 tablespoons honey*

*if you like a saucier dish, try 6 tablespoons teriyaki sauce and 4 tablespoons honey


In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, black pepper, five-spice powder, and red pepper flakes (optional). Place chicken pieces in the bag and shake to coat.

Heat oil in wok over medium-high heat. Place chopped onion and chicken into skillet and brown on both sides. 

In a separate bowl combine teriyaki sauce and honey.  Add teriyaki sauce & honey mixture to wok and stir in remaining 1/4 cup sesame seeds. Stir until sauce thickens. Heat through and serve.