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Easy Sesame Chicken

Battered chicken fried in a pan and coated with sesame sauce. Popular Asian takeout dish, made easily at home.

Author: Anna | crunchycreamysweet.

for the chicken:
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
for the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup of water or chicken stock
to serve:
  • rice
  • steamed vegetables like broccoli, snap peas, carrots, baby corn
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
  2. Cook rice and steam vegetables. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg with cornstarch, salt and pepper. Add chicken pieces to the batter and stir well.
  4. In a large skillet, heat up 1 tablespoons of olive oil. Place chicken, piece by piece, in pan and cook on all sides until the batter is golden and slightly brown. It's easier to cook the chicken in two batches, using 1 tablespoon of oil each time.
  5. Once the chicken is done, pour sauce mixture over it and simmer on medium low heat until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  6. Serve chicken over rice with a side of steamed vegetables.
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