Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Honey Sesame Chicken #sponsored





Our summer is coming to an end and with that thought, I am already thinking about fall, back to school and our busy schedules. It is true that I homeschool  our kids and our time is a bit more flexible but I find that with more open time also brings more scheduled activities.  Isabella wants to be on the go every single day.  I am already tired thinking about September and October.

What brings me comfort during this busy time is knowing that I can prepare some healthy meals at home that feed my family and keep us out of the lines for fast food.  Chinese Food is something that I have not been able to enjoy for a few years because of the ingredients that are used. I have an intolerance for soy, msg and wheat products (noodles) and most pre-packaged foods (sauces and dressings).  I have missed the sweet and spicy flavors of some of my favorite dishes.  

To bring some of the "fast food" in to our home so that my family feels that they are not being deprived of the "finer things" I have been experimenting with a variety of dishes.  Honey Sesame Chicken is one such dish that was easy for me to convert because I could easily replace the sauce ingredients with a few gluten free/paleo cupboard items that I keep on hand.  The recipe I decided to use called for chicken breast.

I am in the habit of buying chicken thighs.   For this recipe I decided to follow the suggestions for white chicken meat and purchased Tyson® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast.  I found that each piece of breast meat is hand-trimmed for convenience to save time and effort in my meal preparation.  It is nice when I am in a hurry to have the meat ready to cut and use in my recipe.

Tyson Fresh Chicken is a brand that I use in place of my locally sourced meat when I am unable to get to my farmer to restock my refrigerator or freezer. They are a company made up of real people who have been in the business for 75 years.  Their products are all natural* with no added hormones or steroids**.   Did you know that they provide the chicks and feed to local farmers throughout the country?  In fact, more than 4000 farmers throughout the US help Tyson Foods provide chickens to our local market places by using their own farms to raise them in. 

As an added bonus, Tyson Foods also carries a line of gluten free pre-made items to be used when your family is on the go.  This recipe when made with arrowroot starch and coconut aminos is Paleo; when made with cornstarch and gluten free soy sauce it is gluten free.

My Honey Sesame Chicken recipe turned out delicious and my family asked for seconds.  I can't wait to make this again and next time trying the Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs in place of the white meat.




Honey Sesame Chicken 
Makes enough for 4

1 1/2 pounds Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, cubed into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup arrowroot starch or corn starch
3 tablespoon honey
1/4  teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
3 tablespoons coconut oil, for frying

Honey Sesame Sauce:
We like extra sauce, so I double this recipe for my family.

2 tablespoons soy sauce, gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon arrowroot starch or corn starch
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (garnish)
2 green onions, sliced thin (garnish)

1.  Combine the first 8 ingredients for the Honey Sesame Sauce in a small bowl.  Whisk to blend.
Set aside until all of the chicken is cooked through.

2.  Combine the chicken pieces, arrowroot starch, honey, salt and pepper in a medium size bowl. Stir to coat each chicken piece.

3.  Heat oil in a skillet, add chicken pieces and cook until each side is golden brown. (See picture below.) Transfer chicken pieces to a wire rack until all chicken is prepared.

4.  When chicken is done cooking, transfer sauce to a small sauce pan. Heat sauce until it begins to boil, stirring often. Remove from heat when the sauce begins to thicken.  

5.  Add the chicken to a medium bowl and add sauce.  Fold chicken and sauce to coat each piece.  Add sesame seeds and green onions for a garnish.

6.  Serve with rice.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Note: Chicken must be cooked to an internal temperature of 170 degrees for boneless products and 180 degrees for bone in chicken products.


Written by Sherron Watson

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**Federal regulations prohibit the use of added hormones or steroids in chicken.

37 comments:

  1. My favorite back to school chicken recipe is shake and bake the garlic parm one is my favorite.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  2. My favorite back to school chicken dish is cheesy chicken wild rice casserole! Yumm!

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  3. I tweeted with twitter id @yarbr012 : https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/505520292048158720...

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  4. Oven fried chicken is always my "good old" standby because while it is baking, I can prep a salad or do a multitude of other things.

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  5. My favorite back to school chicken dish is oven baked chicken fingers with bbq sauce on the side for dipping, always a favorite among my kids.

    Nicole.ddziedzic (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. Shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/508947354775347200

    Nicole.ddziedzic (at) gmail (dot) com

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  7. My favorite back to school chicken recipe is a quick sweet and sour chicken stir fry

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  8. Tweeted for a second entry https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/509509139748253696


    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  9. I have a no peek chicken and rice casserole that is real easy

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  10. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/509766025596784640

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  11. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/512710871705853956
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  12. I love a chicken fajita recipe I gathered from the food network years ago!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  13. I make chicken poached in verde sauce which is really god cold for lunch the next day.
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    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

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  14. I posted a tweet too: https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/512809486835150848
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    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

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  15. We love barbecue chicken sandwiches.

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  16. Aw, you said the magic word - sesame! I love any recipe that uses sesame seeds creatively. Will have to try this one. A chicken dish my busy family will always come to the dinner table for is chicken fajitas. They love to create their own!

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  17. We're well beyond back-to-school here, but a favorite quick and tasty chicken dinner here is baked panko-coated chicken tenders. I change up the seasoning of the panko coating to keep it interesting, using dried herbs, or Thai seasoning, or garlic pepper, or grated Parmesan. A side salad, a seasonal vegetable, and some rice, and it's a nice meal.

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  18. I tweeted about your Honey Sesame Chicken recipe and this fun Tyson kitchen gadget giveaway; here's the link:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/517686670099881984

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  19. I'D LOVE TO TRY OUT THIS DISH, I'M ALWAYS ON THE HUNT FOR NEW RECIPES TOO! afjackly @ oakland . edu

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  20. https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/517859620434374656

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  21. I have a chicken and dumpling recipe for the slow cooker that is my family's favorite!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  22. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/523980416600899585
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  23. chicken and dumpling in the slow cooker

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  24. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/525769883976732672

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  25. I am not much of a cook so our favorite is barbeque chicken.
    sonydmorris@gmail.com

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  26. Link to tweet:
    https://twitter.com/catholicfanatic/status/525870541819760642
    sonyadmorris@gmail.com
    Thank you!

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  27. Chicken salad on croissants is one of my favorites and my kids love it.

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  28. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/526218541838520320

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  29. My favorite chicken recipe is stir fry.

    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

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  30. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/526245482264150016
    slehan at juno dot com

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  31. My "back to school" chicken dish is chicken parmesan.

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  32. Here's my tweet https://twitter.com/ThatTuxedoCat/status/526422402415071233

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  33. I like making baked chicken strips

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  34. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/526475568657612800

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  35. One of our favorites is chicken fried rice. It's a great way to use leftover baked or grilled chicken.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  36. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/526518549641052160

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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