Every once and a while I get a craving for Chinese food. Not just any Chinese food though, it has to be from Emperor’s Kitchen–my favorite place for take-out as long as I can remember. I admit it, I don’t venture out too much in the Chinese food world. My order is almost always the same: Sesame Seed Chicken, Chicken Fried Rice, and an Egg Roll. I might order Chinese food maybe 2-3 times per year. Yeah, it isn’t often, but when I get it it is sooooo yummy! I would probably get it more often if it wasn’t so unhealthy. Talk about deep fried, sugary, fatty chicken plus a few vegetables. So when I found this healthified sesame chicken over at How Sweet It Is I knew I had to try it. I admit that it doesn’t match Emperor’s Kitchen, but this healthy alternative hit the spot for dinner.
Interestingly enough, I actually didn’t even add the sesame seeds to mine. So if you really love them, don’t forget to add them to yours!
Easy Skillet Sesame Chicken
Recipe Adapted from: How Sweet It Is
- 2 pounds chicken breast, diced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
- 2 cloves garlic, mined
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 2-3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- Brown rice & your choice of vegetable for serving
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together chicken broth, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar. Set aside.
Over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil and grapeseed oil in a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe skillet). While it heats, toss the diced chicken breast with the salt, pepper, and flour. Once the oil is hot, at the chicken to the skillet in a single layer. Cook until seared and golden on one side, flip, and cook until golden again. Pour the set aside chicken stock mixture over the top and toss to coat. Turn off the heat. Place the oven safe skillet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Sever the chicken with steamed vegetables and brown rice.