Lunch/Dinner Recipes

Recipe: Sesame Ginger Chicken

Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net

I’ve always wanted to learn how to prepare Chinese takeout dishes at home, but I thought it wouldn’t look or taste anything like what I was aiming for. I was proven wrong thanks to this recipe from Creme de la Crumb that I’ve modified slightly.

This chicken is identical to the one they sell at GW’s dining hall, J Street. At J Street’s Asian food section, they serve the same chicken every day but change its name daily. Somedays it’s “The General’s Chicken,” other days it’s “Sesame Chicken” and sometimes it’s “Orange Chicken,” but it always looks and tastes the same. This recipe essentially makes a sweet General Tso’s sauce. I added ginger to the original recipe because it adds a nice kick to the sweet sauce. Now I finally don’t have a reason to go to J Street again!

Sesame Ginger Chicken

LEVEL: MEDIUM

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

Chicken:

4 boneless chicken breasts

1 tbsp oil

6 Tbsp flour*

1 egg, beaten*

3 tbsp corn starch* (*these three ingredients will be used to coat the chicken, so don’t worry about following the measurements precisely)

sesame seeds

Sauce:

12 tbsp honey

8 tbsp ketchup

6 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp brown sugar

4 tbsp vinegar

6 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp salt

2 tsp garlic powder

1 ginger clove

For the thickening agent: 1 tbsp cold water and 2 tbsp corn starch

*Tip: I doubled the original quantity of the sauce ingredients because the original recipe only made enough to coat the chicken. My version of the recipe is very saucy. You may decide to reduce the sauce ingredients by a quarter to reach a happy medium.

Instructions:

Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net

1. Chop the chicken into 1.5-inch chunks.

Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net

2. Set up the beaten egg, flour and cornstarch in three separate bowls.

Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net

3. Coat the pieces of chicken first in the egg, then the flour and finally the corn starch.

Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net

4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the chicken. Cook for 5-10 minutes until chicken is evenly and thoroughly cooked.
Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net
5. Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients except for the ginger. Grate a clove of fresh ginger into the sauce to taste. Grating the ginger creates a ginger purée that helps the flavor spread evenly throughout the sauce.
Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net
6. Add the sauce to the chicken and bring to a boil.
Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net
7. In a separate bowl, stir together the corn starch and cold water until the corn starch has dissolved and the mixture is homogeneous. Add the corn starch mixture into the frying pan and stir until the sauce thickens.
Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net8. Add sesame seeds to taste.
Sesame Ginger Chicken Recipe via BetterThanRamen.net
 9. Serve with rice and your favorite veggies. Bon appétit!
 
*COLLEGE KID TIP: This chicken is pretty good when eaten as a leftover, so make a batch or two during the weekend and then eat the leftovers throughout your week.
 
 
 

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