If you’re like me than you know that there is almost nothing stronger than the desire for some delicious Chinese food! South Carolina, Georgia, New York, or even Disney World…doesn’t matter where my travels have taken me; if there is a Chinese restaurant nearby I’m probably going to need some. My personal go-to at a Chinese restaurant is sesame chicken. It’s not too sweet and it’s not too spicy plus the sauce on the rice is mm mm mm, good. With that being said, I think that everyone should know how to make all of his or her favorite foods so here is my recipe for an amazing homemade sesame chicken with a side of broccoli and fried rice.
For the chicken, broccoli, and fried rice you’ll need…
Boneless Chicken Breast 4
Broccoli 1 head
Yellow Onion 1
Minced Garlic 1 tablespoon
Almond Flour 2 tablespoons
Cornstarch 2 tablespoons for breading and ¼ cup for sauce
Baking Soda ¼ teaspoon
Baking Powder ¼ teaspoon
Soy Sauce 2 tablespoons for breading and ½ cup for sauce
Water 2 tablespoons
Sherry 1 tablespoon
Coconut Oil 1 tablespoon
Sesame Oil 2 tablespoons
Chicken Broth 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Rice Vinegar ½ cup
Chile Sauce 2 tablespoons
Rice 2 cups
Peas and Carrot mixture
*Total time for meal-45 minutes
First thing you’ll need to do is make a batter for the chicken. Combine the almond flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add 2 tbs. of soy sauce, 1 tsp. of coconut oil, 2 tbs. sesame oil, sherry, and water to the dry mixture. Mix well. Once you have a thick batter, slice each chicken breast in half and continue to cut chicken until it is in small bite sized pieces. After you’ve cut your chicken go ahead and put into the batter and coat well. Refrigerate and let the chicken rest in the mixture for about 15-20 minutes.
Now, time for the sauce! While the chicken is resting in the batter go ahead and grab a deep frying pan. In this pan you will need to combine the chicken broth, sugar, rice vinegar, ½ cup of soy sauce, garlic, and chile sauce. Bring this mixture to a rapid boil (should reach about 375 degrees) and then add ¼ cup of cornstarch to thicken the mixture.
Has it been 15-20 minutes? Yep! Go ahead and remove your chicken from the fridge and slowly add the chicken into the boiling sauce. Cover and let the chicken simmer in the sauce for 20 minutes.
Tip: when adding your chicken, you could also add some sliced green onion and actual sesame seeds to give it some more flavors!
The Fried Rice
Depending on the type of rice you get will depend on how long it will actually take you to prepare the fried rice. I enjoy getting the rice in a bag because it typically only takes about 10 minutes to cook. Once your rice is cooked thoroughly go ahead and crack your egg and grab your peas and carrots mixture. Mix the rice, egg, and peas and carrots all together in a mixing bowl. In a frying pan heat up about a tablespoon of coconut oil and pour the rice mixture into the pan. Cook until the egg is completely scrambled and the vegetables are soft. Tip: You could add another tablespoon or two of soy sauce to the fried rice! It gives it an extra something if you don’t typically mix your chicken with your rice.
Broccoli and Onion
Once again grab your handy-dandy coconut oil and put about a tablespoon in a new pan. Slice up your broccoli and onion into thick pieces and throw into the pan! Cook on medium without a top for 2-3 minutes then add ½ cup of water and cover with a lid for 7 minutes or until well done to your satisfaction.
Now, the one thing with making Chinese food at home is getting the special ingredients to do so. Sesame oil, vinegar rice, and chile sauce aren’t usually on my list of things to buy however you can pick up all three of these at your local grocery store! Most of the other odds and ends in this recipe I have on stock in my kitchen so don’t feel like you have to go out and buy every little thing exactly for what it is in order to make this meal. I definitely tried to make it as skinny of a recipe as possible but the almond flour can be subbed for regular flour and coconut oil for vegetable oil!
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