It is no secret that I love Asian inspired dishes. I already have a sesame chicken recipe that I love (thanks to Mommy's Kitchen), but I think this one is just as good! This one is a bit more sweeter, hence the name sweet sesame chicken. I got this recipe from one of my Southern Living Annual cook books and you really can't go wrong with Southern Living. The recipes are always tried and true so there are no duds in the bunch! Both hubby and I really liked how this one turned out. You can always substitute the chicken breasts for the already store bought popcorn chicken. I added 1 clove of garlic, minced and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. It turned out phenomenal! Enjoy!
Sweet Sesame Chicken
From Southern Living Annual Recipes 2007
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp lite soy sauce
2 tbsp grated, fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
red pepper flakes, to taste
2 green onions, chopped (optional)
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot; add 2 tbsp sesame seeds and cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until seeds are toasted. Remove seeds from skillet.
Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Combine chicken and cornstarch, tossing to coat. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken pieces about 5 minutes on each side or until done. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in 1/2 cup pineapple juice and next 5 ingredients. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 minute or until thickened. Remove skillet from heat.
Remove chicken mixture to a serving platter. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and chopped green onions. serve with warm rice.
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