Living in a house with 6 people really limits our options for take-out, because it can get really pricey. Every now and then it happens, but not often. But with this simple dish, you won’t need or want that pricey take-out! And, it will satisfy that craving for Chinese takeout!
This sesame chicken dish is a beautiful blend of sweet & spicy. The chicken itself remained tender and succulent; and it paired beautifully over a bed of white rice. Best of all, the boys loved it! So, next time (or tonight!), skip that take-out order and TRY THIS!
WHAT YOU NEED:
For the Chicken:
- 2 lbs boneless & skinless chicken thigh
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt – to taste – approx a pinch or 2
- 1/2 tsp pepper approx a pinch or 2 (I used Lawry’s lemon pepper, my favorite; regular ground black pepper is fine)
- approx 3 tbsp vegetable oil – for frying
For the sauce:
- 4 cloves of garlic – mashed
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp chili paste OR 2 – 3 tsp red pepper flakes ( you can adjust these amounts depending on your tolerance to “heat”)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 whole green onion (for garnish)
Prepare chicken batter:
In a large bowl, whisk together: 2 eggs, 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. this batter will seem rather thick at first, but whisk it up well and it will get a little creamier, and perfect for coating the chicken.
- Remove as much of the fat as you can from your chicken thighs. just the really large chunks is fine, do not go crazy trying to get it completely fat free
- Cut chicken into approx 1″ cubes (smaller chunks are best to assure the chicken is fully cooked once brown)
- Toss chicken into the chicken batter; coat well
- Heat large skillet (or WOK) with oil; test oil with a drop of the chicken batter, if it begins to puff it up your oil is ready for frying
- Carefully place chicken in skillet and cook/fry until brown; while chicken cooks/browns — make your sauce!
Prepare your sauce:
In a new bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients: mashed garlic, soy sauce, water, sesame oil, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, chili flakes/paste, corn starch & honey
Prepare/ chop your green onion, have it ready and cut for your garnish
Once chicken has browned & cooked
Pour your sauce over the chicken & incorporate it so that all pieces have sauce; remove from heat.
Serve chicken over a bed of rice; sprinkle green onion and…..
Having more people over & want another take-out style dish to serve alongside this dish? Try my Ramen Noodle Stir Fry recipe!