Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken

Light and packed with veggies, our Sesame Chicken is a healthy and delicious alternative to Chinese takeout.

As much as we love Chinese food, many restaurants tend to make their dishes with too much oil and the result is a greasy meal that sits on our stomachs. To avoid that, we like making this lighter version of traditional Sesame Chicken at home and serving it over Basic White Rice. It is filling and easy to prepare, and the additional vegetables in this recipe provides added nutrition. Because preparing food in a wok happens very quickly due to high heat, be sure to have all ingredients cut and measured prior to cooking in order to avoid burning the meal.

PREP: 10 minutes + 15 minutes—8 hours to marinate
COOK: 6 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooking sherry
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 3 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • 6 ounces snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, drained
  • 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, sherry, cornstarch, and sugar. Stir in chicken and marinate covered in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to overnight.
  2. Bring chicken to room temperature prior to cooking. Place wok over high heat. When wok smokes, add safflower oil. When oil shimmers, add garlic and ginger and cook for 10 seconds.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade. Reserve marinade and add chicken to wok. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is browned in places and just cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in chili paste and snow peas and cook 2 minutes more, or until snow peas are shiny and bright green.
  5. Add reserved marinade back to pan. Stir in bamboo shoots and water chestnuts and continue cooking until they are heated through, about one minute.
  6. Remove from heat, stir in scallions, sesame seeds, and sesame oil and serve immediately.

TIPS: Sesame oil tends to turn rancid rather quickly. Be sure to taste it for freshness before adding it to the rest of the ingredients in step six.

YIELDS: 4 servings

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Cold Sesame Ginger Noodles

Cold Sesame Ginger Noodles

Using pantry-ready items, our Asian-inspired Cold Sesame Ginger Noodles are a family favorite whether you're five or fifty-five!

Whether you’re five or fifty-five, you’ll love these chilled, flavor-filled noodles that are simple to make and utilize items every Asian-cuisine lover should have in their pantry. Be sure to keep the sesame oil and tahini refrigerated as they turn rancid easily. Also, before preparing, stir the tahini thoroughly until well blended.

PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 6 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound Chinese egg noodles, spaghetti or linguini
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 6 tablespoons sesame paste (tahini) or peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup water, plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 scallion (both white and green parts), thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped (1 tablespoon)
  • Chinese chili oil (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the noodles, and cook until just barely tender, 5 to 6 minutes, or according to the package instructions. Drain well. Toss them with the sesame oil to coat. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, thin the sesame paste by stirring enough water into the paste to achieve the consistency of thick cream. Whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar. Add the mixture to the sesame paste. Stir in the garlic, three quarters of the scallion, and the ginger.
  3. Just before serving, toss the chilled noodles with the sauce. Garnish with the remaining scallion and drizzle with the chili oil, if using.

YIELDS: 4 to 6 servings

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Chinese Celery Cilantro Salad

Chinese Celery Cilantro Salad

A whole bunch of celery is used to create this quick cooked celery salad. Chopped and tossed with cilantro and a soy sauce dressing, it is a crispy complement to your favorite Asian meal.

While many Asian dishes are prepared with stir fried vegetables, there are some which are not, like two of my favorites, kung pao chicken and cold sesame ginger noodles. When this is the case, serve up this simple salad with your favorite Chinese dinner for added nutrition and refreshing crunch.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 2 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch of celery, top and bottom removed, stalks separated and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 dashes Chinese chili oil or hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the celery and blanch for 2 minutes. Remove, submerge in ice water and cool. Celery should be softened, but still crispy. Peel off the fibrous strings. Cut the celery into bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sesame oil, chili oil (if using), sugar, and cilantro (if using). Toss in the celery. Cover and refrigerate to cool before serving.

YIELDS: 4 to 6 servings

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Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts

Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts

Make a favorite Chinese takeout dish at home! Our Kung Pao Chicken is tasty, spicy and filled with protein.

Ever since I was a kid in California, Asian cuisine was something to be shared, and whether I was eating at the Golden Dragon in Los Angeles, Lee’s in Texarkana, or Clifton’s King Wok, I have fond memories filled with laughter, friends and good food like egg rolls, fried rice and egg drop soup with fried noodles. But one of my favorite dishes has always been kung pao chicken with peanuts, a dish that is spicy and surprisingly simple to prepare. So make it at home for the people you love and serve it with steamed rice, celery salad and tea for a family-style meal that will become one of your family’s favorites. Oh, and don’t forget the fortune cookies!

PREP: 10 minutes + marinating time
COOK: 6 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry or vermouth
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts or cashews
  • 2 whole scallions, thinly sliced
  • 4 whole dried Chinese red peppers
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, wine, vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil. Dice the chicken and toss it in the marinade. Cover and marinate for at least an hour to overnight in the refrigerator. Return chicken to room temperature prior to cooking.
  2. Heat a wok or skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the oil. Lightly fry the peanuts for about 1 minute and remove. Add the scallions, red peppers, and garlic. Stir-fry for about 20 seconds.
  3. Just before adding to the pan, coat the chicken in the cornstarch. Fry until the chicken is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes (depending on the pan and the heat). Return the peanuts to the pan and mix thoroughly to combine with the chicken. Serve immediately with white rice.

YIELDS: 2 to 4 servings

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