Lighter Sesame Chicken

Chinese food is one of those kinds of foods I have mixed feelings about. Sure, it tastes good but something about the plate full of grease just gets to me. However, circa 2am after a night out, these mixed feelings are out the window and I am usually on board. In my recipe searches I’ve seen a lot of make at home options for chinese food but was alwyas intimidated to try it. I think you know what’s coming….

This is where my girl Martha comes in. I found a recipe for a lightened up version of sesame chicken on Martha Stewart’s webiste and decided to give it a try. Pretty much all the ingredients I had on hand which made it easy to think about attempting. I actually lightened it up a bit more here by swapping the oil for cooking spray and used a bit less honey. Here’s the recipe from her site (http://www.marthastewart.com/313256/lighter-sesame-chicken):

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed with a garlic press
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut into large florets, stems peeled and thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, and fill with 1 inch water; set aside for broccoli. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, make sauce: In a small bowl, combine honey, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and garlic; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites and cornstarch. Add chicken; season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add half the chicken; cook, turning occasionally, until golden and opaque throughout, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining tablespoon oil and chicken. Return all the chicken to skillet; add reserved sauce and scallions, and toss to coat.
  4. Meanwhile, place saucepan with steamer basket over high heat; bring water to a boil. Add broccoli, and cook until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Serve sesame chicken with broccoli and rice

And voila:

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This was such an easy recipe and great for a quick weeknight meal!

Martha has yet to let me down 👍

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