The Chinese New Year began this past Thursday, and after all the research I have recently read about it, I marvel about how this holiday for the Chinese is all about families getting together, feasting together, and waiting to bring in the new year together. What a wonderful way to celebrate each new year!
In addition, reading about all the special foods for the Chinese New Year feasts has had me craving Chinese food. So this afternoon I picked up the ingredients for this simple recipe with an Asian flavor to fix for dinner tonight. It is a absolutely quick and simple recipe that is not too spicy and not too different-tasting for those who think they don’t like international foods. Oh, and the scent of the garlic and sesame oil is just delightful while this cooks! Yum!
Easy Sesame Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons pepper
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
2-3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Brown rice and vegetables for serving
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together the chicken stock, brown sugar, one tablespoon sesame oil, garlic cloves, soy sauce and vinegar. Set the mixture aside.
Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Toss the chicken with salt, pepper and flour. Add olive oil and one tablespoon of sesame oil to the skillet, and once hot, add the chicken in a single layer.
Cook until seared and golden on one side, then flip and cook until golden again, about two to three minutes. Pour the chicken stock mixture over top and toss to coat the chicken. Then turn off the heat.
Place the skillet in the oven, and bake for twenty minutes. Remove and cover with the sesame seeds. Serve with the vegetable of your choice and brown rice.
This recipe requires fifteen minutes to prepare and twenty minutes to cook.
This recipe can be found on www.howsweeteats.com.