Chinese food is a big favorite in our house and one, I have to admit, G and I indulge in too often. When we eat out or go for take-out, it usually means a large styrofoam box filled to the brim with fried rice, chow mein, and orange or sesame chicken. Who can resist little bits of chicken bathed in thick, sticky, salty or sweet sauce, right?
Unfortunately, every forkful of these divine masterpieces means extra inches on my waist. If you’ve ever stopped to examine those said little bits of chicken before taking a bite, you know they’re more breading than chicken. Seriously, with all the calories (and dollars) I spend on sesame chicken, I should get more meat than fried up batter!
Fortunately, I am once again working with Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken on their New Comfort Food campaign. Foster Farms is out to redefine the way we enjoy comfort foods with recipes that use mostly local, seasonal ingredients, has minimal ingredients, easy steps and fast prep time, and I can’t be more thrilled to be part of this movement.
Food is only as good as its ingredients and great food starts with fresh, quality ingredients. With Foster Farms birds locally-grown and raised right here in California, you’re guaranteed the chicken you buy is always fresh. And distributed with no antibiotics ever, you’ll feel good knowing the chicken you serve your family is healthy, delicious and at the best quality.
I am excited to be a part of this #NewComfortFood movement and I can’t wait to recreate my favorite comfort foods in a healthy way.
For my lightened up version of sesame chicken, I did away with coating the chicken in a thick batter and the deep-frying after. To keep the meat velvety soft and moist, I marinated the one-inch chunks in a mixture of cornstarch, soy sauce, and oil prior to the stir-frying. The dish turned out so tender, flavorful and doggone delicious, our neighborhood Chinese restaurant got nothing on me! Haha. Excuse the vanity, my peeps, but you seriously need to try this sesame chicken tonight. I am sure you’ll agree. 🙂
Make sure to check out the Foster Farms for more delicious meal ideas and inspirations. Enjoy!
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless Foster Farms Simply Raised chicken breasts, cut into 1 to 1½-inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic paste
- 1 thumb-size ginger, peeled and grated (about 1 tablespoon)
- toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- chopped green onions for garnish
- In a bowl, combine chicken, 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil. Massage meat to fully coat and marinate for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- In a bowl, combine chicken broth, the remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, chili garlic paste, and the remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Whisk together until blended and cornstarch is dissolve. Set aside.
- In a wok or a wide, thick-bottomed pan over high heat, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add chicken and cook, turning as needed, until lightly browned. Do not overcrowd pan, cook in batches as needed. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken from pan and drain on paper towels. Keep warm.
- Add sauce mixture to pan and bring to a boil, whisking vigorously to prevent lumps. Cook, whisking regularly, until thickened. Add chicken and continue to cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through. Remove from pan and transfer onto serving platter. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired. Serve hot.