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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