I know you won’t believe me when I say that this recipe tastes as good as real Chinese takeout, but it does! I’m not trying to pass this off as a healthy recipe, but I’m sure it’s healthier than what you’d get at the Chinese place around the corner (no MSG, preservatives, additives, etc.). Next time you have a craving for Chinese takeout, whip up this much more affordable version in your own kitchen with ingredients you probably already have on hand!
Chinese Sesame Chicken
1 lb. chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1 cup water
1 cup sugar (sucanat works and is better for you)
1/4 cup vinegar
4 Tbsp. soy sauce (I use low-sodium)
2 Tbsp. cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
brown or white rice
In a small bowl, combine flour and 2 Tbsp. cornstarch. Transfer half of this mixture to a shallow dish and coat half of the chicken pieces with it. Add remaining flour mixture and coat remaining chicken. Fry in a skillet in a small amount of oil. Remove from heat.
In a small amount of oil, fry sesame seeds. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and cornstarch to form a sauce. Add sauce to cooked chicken and return skillet to heat. Add sesame seeds and cook until sauce is thickened.
Prepare rice as desired. Serve Chinese Sesame Chicken over rice with Chinese Green Beans (see below).
Chinese Green Beans
green beans, fresh (trimmed) or frozen
1 Tbsp. butter
In a skillet over medium heat, saute green beans in butter until slightly softened but still crisp. Add soy sauce to taste and saute an additional minute or so. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.
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