Friday, July 18, 2008

Sesame Chicken

Last night my friend and I made Sesame Chicken. It was a recipe from my sister and she said that I had to make it because not only was it gluten free but it was totally delicious.

I had received advice from my aunt who also has Celiac's that going to a Chinese restaurant was pretty much out of the question. Even items that she would be assured were gluten free would end up making her sick and it was best not to chance it. So I had pretty much written off Sesame Chicken...until now! This dish was SO tasty and SO easy that it will def become part of a regular rotation.

1 cup uncooked rice
2 tbsp. sesame seeds
2 chicken breasts
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp. tamari (I used a low sodium)
2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger (I only used 1 tbsp)
2 green onions, chopped

1.Cook rice according to package directions and keep warm.

2. Place a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add sesame seeds and toast until brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from skillet.

3.Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Sprinkle with cornstarch and turn over to coat well.

4. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat, and add chicken when pan is hot. Cook chicken pieces about 5 minutes per side until done. (I ended up adding around 2 tbsp. more olive oil because I was using a pretty large pan)

5. Reduce heat to medium and add pineapple juice, honey, soy sauce, and ginger. Bring to a boil and cook about 1-2 minutes or until thick. (When my sister prepared this recipe her sauce did not thicken so she dissolved a little more cornstarch in pineapple juice and added it until it became thick; I didn't have to do that)

6. Serve over rice with sesame seeds and green onions.

The cornstarch made a really nice crisp batter on the outside of the chicken. I'm thinking the next time I make this I might add a little bit of orange juice instead of pineapple juice and see how that tastes. I also thought of buying some Pineapple Salsa from a local restaurant and serving that on top.


Megan K said...

Hi--I came across your blog the other day researching celiac-friendly food for my brother in law, who is not handling his diagnosis very well as yet. This recipe looks super (he likes "normal" food, particularly chicken), and I've printed it to give to him. Thank you so much!

Marlow said...

Being gluten free definitely hit me hard as well! I would surely suggest getting the GF all purpose flour then, because you can easily substitute it in any recipe! Going out to eat is harder...and less exciting, but falling in love with cooking replaced it for me!