Sunday, January 28, 2018

"22 Minute" Sesame Chicken + Broccoli


Are you ready to take the "22 Minute" Sesame Chicken Challenge?

Epicurious chef Rhoda Boone challenged herself to make Sesame Chicken faster than a delivery service could bring it to her door. She clocked in at one minute under the delivery time of 22 minutes. I, on the other hand, doubled the time at 44.

But don’t let that stop you from making the dish! It's so delicious, you'll marvel at how something so easy can taste so good. And it's healthier than ordering out because the meat is lightly sautéed, not deep fried.

Check out the Epicurious video here to see how Rhoda organized her time, and then take your own "22 Minute" Sesame Chicken Challenge. Good luck!

My Paleo Marin Rating: 5 Persimmons

Ingredients:

4-6 cups of chopped broccoli

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 to 2 pounds of chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, chopped into 1” pieces

4 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided

1/4 cup soy sauce (use coconut aminos for Paleo)
1 tablespoon Frank’s Red Pepper Sauce, or Sriracha
1 large clove garlic, grated
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Toppings: Toasted sesame seeds; chopped green onions

Directions:

1. In a steamer pot, bring 1" of water to a boil. Trim the outer layer of the broccoli stem, and slice into 1/4" pieces. Separate the florets. Cook the broccoli in a steamer basket for 5-6 minutes, just until fork tender.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the arrowroot powder, pepper and salt. Add the chopped chicken breasts and coat with the mixture.

3. In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil under medium-high heat. Add 1/2 of the chicken pieces and fry until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Set aside, and add the remaining chicken pieces to cook through. Wipe the pan clean of excess oil.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce or coconut aminos, hot sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Pour the sauce in the frying pan, and heat to boiling. Turn down the heat and add the cooked chicken pieces and broccoli. Stir to coat all the ingredients. Taste for seasonings.

5. Place chicken and broccoli in serving bowls, and top with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

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Recipe adapted from the Epicurious website here.

My Paleo Marin Rating 1-5 Persimmons
I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.