Bob found this recipe ages ago, and I finally got around to trying it for the first time. As tasty as anything you could find in a Chinese restaurant with about a quarter of the salt 🙂 Thanks to greatist.com for the recipe!
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce, divided in half
- 3 tablespoons tahini, divided in half
- 3 tablespoons honey, divided in half
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken tenders
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 3 cups dark leafy greens, such as spinach, Chinese broccoli, or kale
- 1 cup cooked whole grains, such as rice or quinoa
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- In a small bowl, mix together half of the soy sauce, half of the tahini, half of the honey, and the sesame oil until evenly combined.
- Pour over chicken and let marinate for 10 minutes.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- While the water is boiling, wash, trim, and roughly chop the greens.
- Add the greens to the boiling water and cook for 1-2 minutes, just until bright green.
- Drain and run under cold water to stop cooking; set aside.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Add garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes, just until fragrant.
- Add chicken and marinade to pan.
- Cook chicken for 2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
- Once chicken is cooked, add the rice (or other grain) and stir to coat with sauce.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes until rice is sticky and caramelized in some places.
- Remove from heat and stir the greens into the rice and chicken.
- Whisk together the remaining soy sauce, tahini, and honey.
- Drizzle over top of the chicken mixture.
- Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
- This really was delicious, Bob and I were both very pleased!
- It sounds like a lot going on, but it comes together very quickly. It is definitely one of those meals where you want to have everything out and ready ahead of time.
- Tahini in a cold house is tough. You might want to microwave it for a few seconds to soften it out before trying to mix it with the honey and soy sauce. I wasn’t smart enough to follow my own advice so I was sort of panicking to get chunks of it out of the jar and measured while everything else was going on!
- I forgot the sesame seeds in the picture. I actually almost forgot them completely. I had it served on the plates and Bob said “I bet this would taste really good with sesame seeds on it”. Duh 🙂 I added them to our plates and it did make it taste even better!
- I did not use actual whole chicken tenders, I just cut up boneless skinless chicken breast into smallish pieces. We also both agreed that this would probably be very tasty veganized – use tofu or tempeh instead of the chicken.