Saturday, July 10, 2010

Di's Sesame Chicken

You all know how I love to try out new recipes... well, I found this one on Allrecipes.com, and yes, I tweaked it a bit to my taste. It was yummo!! This is the recipe the way I made it....

Di's Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
Sesame seeds
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teasppoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken tenders
oil for cooking chicken
1/2 medium onion, sliced into thin wedges
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
1/2 package frozen green beans
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (can use store bought, or make your own, see my recipe below)
2 Tablespoons honey (more if you like)
Hot cooked rice

In a large ziploc bag, combine flour, 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, black pepper, five-spice powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder,  ground ginger and salt. Shake bag to mix.
Heat a couple Tablespoons of oil in large skillet. Place a few pieces of chicken at a time into the bag of seasoned flour, and shake to coat. Remove chicken from bag, shaking off excess flour, and place in skillet. Brown for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove from skillet onto cookie sheet lined with paper towels. Continue this step until chicken is all cooked. Keep warm in oven.
Add another tablespoon of oil to skillet and add onion, red bell pepper and beans. Stir-fry a few minutes until onion is slightly browned and veggies are crunchy tender.
While veggies cook combine Teriyaki sauce, honey, and 2 more Tablespoons sesame seeds.
When veggies are done, remove from pan. Return chicken to skillet, reduce heat to medium low and pour Teriyaki mixture over the chicken. Toss to coat and cook just a minute to let sauce thicken. Return veggies to skillet with the chicken and toss again to coat and warm veggies.
Serve over hot cooked rice.   Enjoy!

Teriyaki Sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 to 2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic

Whisk together in small bowl to combine.
 When making the above recipe I added 1 teaspoon cornstarch to help thicken just a little when cooking over chicken.

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