That’s what I have to say about this sesame honey chicken.
I bought some sesame seeds for a different recipe about three weeks ago but never ended up making it. And ever since, the sesame seeds have just been glaring at me every time I open the cupboard door. So I finally gave in.
There are a couple of ways to make this recipe—breading or no breading. I made it both ways and like them equally. The breading adds a richness but the unbreaded is obviously a little healthier and lighter. Try both and see what you think.
Sesame Honey Chicken
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3/4 cup cornstarch (optional, for breading)
- 3 eggs, beaten (optional, for breading)
- 1/4 cup canola oil or olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3–1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (depending on your preferences)
- 1 t sesame oil
- 1 t minced garlic
- Optional: sesame seeds, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. I went with about 1/2-inch pieces. If you go with the unbreaded option, make your pieces a little bit larger.
- Optional, for breading (Skip to #3 for no breading):In separate bowls, place cornstarch and eggs. Dip chicken into cornstarch and then in the eggs. Alternative method: place cornstarch, eggs, and chicken in a gallon-size plastic bag. Shake and mix for two minutes to evenly coat. (See note at bottom)
- Heat canola or olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until browned (they do not need to be fully cooked). Place the chicken in a 9×13 greased baking dish.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil, and garlic.
- Pour over chicken and bake for one hour or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has just started to crisp around the edges of the baking dish, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Top with sesame seeds and serve with brown rice and a vegetable of choice (I used broccoli).
- Note: if you use the plastic bag option to bread the chicken, remove chicken pieces individually with a small spoon and place in the skillet. Do not pour the entire contents into the skillet, as clumps of cornstarch will form and cook with the chicken. This makes it hard to tell the difference between pieces of chicken and cornstarch after removing from the oven.
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