Sesame Chicken Bowl.

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Sesame Chicken Bowl!

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  • 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.

Notes:

  • 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.
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One comment

  1. Victoria Miles · · Reply

    This will be super easy to veganize! Thanks for the recipe!

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