Recipe Renovation: Sesame Chicken
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Our Great Renovations series continues with this pan-seared version of a Chinese classic.
sesame seeds2 Tbsp, raw
mineral water1 Tbsp
low sodium soy sauce1 Tbsp
maple syrup1 Tbsp
sherry (dry or sweet)1 Tbsp
ginger root1 tsp, fresh, minced
five-spice powder½ tsp
all-purpose flour2 Tbsp
table salt½ tsp
black pepper¼ tsp
uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s)1 pound(s), cut into 2-inch pieces
peanut oil2 tsp
- Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and cook until lightly toasted, shaking the pan frequently, about 2 to 3 minutes; transfer seeds to a shallow dish and set aside.
- Whisk water, soy sauce, maple syrup, sherry, ginger and five-spice powder together in a small bowl; set aside.
- Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish; add chicken and turn to coat. Shake chicken pieces to remove excess flour.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture to chicken and cook until sauce thickens and is almost evaporated, about 2 to 3 minutes more.
- Dip chicken pieces in toasted sesame seeds and serve, drizzled with any additional soy sauce mixture. Yields about 4 strips per serving.