Sesame Chicken Made Easy

Every now and then I’d crave for some Chinese food. My mouth water with just the mention of a Chinese take out. And for that, I am so eager to learn how to cook Chinese food. Being a Filipino, I believe I have the advantage of learning quite easily since Filipino dishes are in part, influenced by Chinese cuisine (that, or I am just that good of a cook haha).

Today, I made sesame chicken. If you have been following my blog, you probably noticed that every time I have a recipe that requires sugar, I try to tone it down on the sweetness. So if you make this you will see the difference between my recipe and that sesame chicken that you had at your favorite Chinese restaurant.

Okay so let’s get started.

First, slice chicken into strips about half inch wide then set aside.

 

Mix flour, cornstarch, baking soda, water, sesame oil and soy sauce. Mix well to make a batter. It should look thin and runny.

Add the sliced chicken into the batter.Mix well then cover and set aside in fridge for 30 minutes.

While chicken is marinating. Make the sauce ingredients by mixing the sesame oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, vinegar, sugar, ground pepper, & chicken broth. Set aside until you’re ready to heat it up.

Once the chicken have been marinated, deep fry them in canola oil or any cooking oil. Do not use oil that doesn’t have high smoke point. Fry the chicken in small batches until they are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a plate lined with paper towel.

In a saucepan, bring the sauce mixture to a boil until sugar has dissolved. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water. Add to the sauce mixture and stir until the sauce thickens. Turn the heat to low, add sesame seeds and stir occasionally until ready to mix with chicken.

In a glass bowl, mix chicken and sauce.


Sesame Chicken Made Easy
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, cut into half-inch wide strips
  2. 3-4 cups cooking oil
batter ingredients
  1. 2 tbsps flour
  2. 2 tbsps cornstarch
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 tbsp sesame oil
  5. 1 tbsp soy sauce
  6. 2 tbsps water
  7. a pinch of ground pepper
Sauce Mixture
  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup chicken broth
  3. 3 tbsps soy sauce
  4. 1 tbsp vinegar
  5. 2 tbsps sesame oil
  6. 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 3 tbsps cornstarch and 1/2 cup water mix together to thicken sauce
  8. 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  9. 2 sprigs of scallions, chopped
Instructions
  1. Slice chicken into strips about half inch wide then set aside.
  2. Mix flour, cornstarch, baking soda, water, sesame oil and soy sauce. Mix well to make a batter. It should look thin and runny.
  3. Add the sliced chicken into the batter.Mix well then cover and set aside in fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. While chicken is marinating. Make the sauce ingredients by mixing the sesame oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, vinegar, sugar, ground pepper, & chicken broth. Set aside until you’re ready to heat it up.
  5. Once the chicken have been marinated, deep fry them in canola oil or any cooking oil. Do not use oil that doesn’t have high smoke point. Fry the chicken in small batches until they are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a plate lined with paper towel.
  6. In a saucepan, bring the sauce mixture to a boil until sugar has dissolved. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water. Add to the sauce mixture and stir until the sauce thickens. Turn the heat to low, add sesame seeds and stir occasionally until ready to mix with chicken.
  7. In a glass bowl, mix chicken and sauce.
  8. Transfer to a plate. sprinkle with more sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve hot with steamed rice. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. After mixing the sauce and chicken, you may put the mixture back in a pan and cook and stirring for a few minutes to caramelize the sugar even more.
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