Sweet and Spicy Sesame Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Sweet and Spicy Sesame Chicken is a home-style version of a classic Chinese restaurant take out dish. With a little spice and a little sweet, this dish is sure to please everyone’s personal tastes!
For the Chicken:
- 6 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, cut into one inch pieces
- 1 cup corn starch
- Vegetable oil for frying
For the Sauce:
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons dried chopped chives
In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, bring the vegetable oil to optimum frying temperature - aim for 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the corn starch until well coated.
Fry the chicken in batches - do not overcrowd the fryer. Fry each batch for 5-6 minutes. (The chicken pieces should be a light golden brown colour.) Remove from oil and place chicken on a baking sheet.
When all the chicken has been fried, move on to the sauce.
In a large skillet, add all of the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Whisk the sauce occasionally until the desired thickness has been achieved. The thicker the sauce, the better it will coat the chicken.
Once the sauce has thickened, add the cooked chicken and toss to coat. Cook for 5 minutes, tossing regularly.
Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Garnish with fresh parsley or green onions and serve immediately.
Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 3.3% | Vitamin C: 2.1% | Calcium: 4.2% | Iron: 5%