Monday, April 29, 2013

Healthy Sesame Chicken And Brown Rice


Life has been really busy for me lately and I haven’t been able to blog and update as much as I would like to. Between working and just getting caught up in life, I have pushed this to the side. Which I shouldn’t have because I have had people tell me they look forward to my updates and tips. So I really apologize! I’m going to try to do more posts :)

So an update on my health here

I always bake and cook very little. I’ve had a dinner recipe that I have just never posted. Why? No clue. I think I forget about it because I focus on my baking a lot more. Anyways, I give Caleb credit for this recipe because he was the one who put it all together. We were both craving chinese. Side note..I’m so picky about chinese food. I refuse to eat it anywhere but where I’ve grown up going. To me, it’s what I like and I think it is the best. Plus, since the owners know my family, they always give us extra stuff. And it’s really cool. We don’t live in a small town by any means, so it’s really cool that the owners know my family. I know chinese food isn’t the healthiest thing, unless you eat just plain white rice with steamed veggies. My favorite meal, hands down, is Sesame Chicken. Always have loved it. But what goes into their sauce is beyond me. Most likely it’s sugar filled…..goodness ;)
Anyways, how does a healthy spin on Sesame Chicken sound? Amazing right? Well of course! Making “take-out” at home doesn’t taste the same as when you actually order it. But with it being healthy, and you know all the ingredients, it tastes pretty darn good. Once we decided we were going to make this for dinner. I browsed the web for recipe ideas, but literally all of them had TONS of ingredients and also ingredients I didn’t want to add. A little fact about me, if a recipe has over 20 ingredients…I won’t make it. Or I won’t add things. I’m a simple person. I love big flavors, but it doesn’t take much to make things taste good. ANYWAYS, after searching, we decided to just wing it and follow a bunch of different recipes and make our own.  And this is what we came up with:
Healthy Sesame Chicken
I apologize for the crappy images, we made this before I started blogging and taking good quality pictures.
Healthy Sesame Chicken
Yes, it is sesame chicken without that deep red color glaze that most sesame chicken has.
Healthy Sesame Chicken
Ingredients
1lb Organic Chicken, chopped into pieces
3 Tbsp Raw Honey, heat to melt it
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce (Use Bragg Liquid Aminos, no wheat)
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
Pinch of Garlic flakes
1/4 Cup Diced Onion (optional)
4 Large Egg Whites
1/3 Cup Tapioca Starch (Like cornstarch)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 lb Fresh Broccoli, cut thin.
1 Cup Organic Brown Rice
Directions:
Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, and fill with 1 inch water; set aside for broccoli.
Prepare the rice according to the package directions. Be sure to follow them carefully!
To make sauce: In a small bowl, combine honey, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and garlic; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites and cornstarch. Add chicken; season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat sauce evenly over all chicken.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add half the chicken; cook, turning occasionally, until golden and cooked all the way through. No pink! 6 to 8 minutes is the recommended time. But I like to cook it longer, just to be sure. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining tablespoon oil and chicken. Return all the chicken to skillet; add reserved sauce and onions, and toss to coat.
Place saucepan with steamer basket over high heat; bring water to a boil. Add broccoli, and cook until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Now it’s time to serve!
So whenever you have the craving for take-out, try this healthier version instead!
Enjoy :)