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Ginger Sesame Chicken

Nutty toasted sesame seeds combine with fresh, aromatic ginger root to flavor this tasty Asian dish. The soy sauce and wine contribute to its savory profile, the maple syrup adds a subtly touch of sweetness and the Chinese Five Spice powder lends its five flavors: sour, bitter, sweet, pungent and salty. All these tastes blend beautifully to create a meal that’s easy to put together and tastes fresher and better than take out Chinese! It’s better for you too, of course. I suggest serving this over ¾ cup of brown rice (per serving) as pictured, but I listed the P+ without the rice as well in case you have alternate plans. In addition to being delicious I also thought this meal was very filling and kept me satisfied for the rest of the evening after eating it. Add a vegetable like broccoli as a side dish (or double the recipe for the sauce and incorporate it right into the meal) to make it even more filling!

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Ginger Sesame Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 T sesame seeds
  • 1 T water
  • 1 T low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 T light maple syrup
  • 1 T dry wine (the original recipe used sherry, but I used Riesling because it’s what I had open)
  •  1 t fresh ginger root, minced
  •  1/2 t five spice powder (Asian spice blend)
  •  2 T flour
  •  1/2 t salt
  •  1/4 t black pepper
  •  1 lb raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 t sesame oil
  • Optional: 3 c cooked brown rice

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the sesame seeds until lightly toasted (2-3 minutes), shaking the pan frequently. Remove toasted seeds from heat and transfer to a dish. Set skillet aside for use in step 4.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the water, soy sauce, maple syrup, wine, ginger and five spice and stir together.
  3. Place the flour, salt and pepper in a Ziploc bag and shake to mix. Add the chicken pieces and seal. Shake until chicken pieces are thoroughly coated.
  4. Add the sesame oil to the large skillet and bring to medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add the chicken pieces and cook through, flipping the chicken to brown on all sides (about 5 minutes). Pour the sauce mixture from step 2 over the chicken and stir to coat. Cook for a few more minutes until sauce is thickened and coating chicken. Add toasted sesame seeds to chicken and stir to coat (or sprinkle seeds over top of each serving). Split chicken into four servings and serve over 3/4 cup cooked rice if desired.

Weight Watchers Points Plus (optional rice not included):
5 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information (optional rice not included):
200 calories, 6 g carbs, 8 g fat, 26 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

adapted from Healthy in a Year

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19 Responses to “Ginger Sesame Chicken”

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    Amanda — August 19, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    I am so making this. Wow, it looks amazing! Thanks for posting it.

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    Anonymous — August 20, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    This looks so Good! I want some:)

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    Anonymous — August 22, 2011 @ 12:34 am

    This was really good! I addded some steamed broccoli into the mix too and got in some veggies…made a nice addition! :)

    Laurel

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    MeanJumperBlues — August 23, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    I made this last night. It was really good and definitely a great alternative to getting take out sesame chicken!

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    Nicole — August 24, 2011 @ 1:58 am

    YUM! Unfortunately, I thought I had sesame seeds but I didn’t. :( But hey, at least without them it saved me a point! And I did have sesame oil to compensate.

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    emilybites — August 30, 2011 @ 12:23 am

    Thanks everyone, glad you liked it! :)

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    Lisa H. — October 17, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    Just made this recipe & love it!

    I added a slash of orange juice for tartness & red pepper flakes because I love spice. Also used a bit of cornstarch to help thicken up the sauce. Love this recipe & will definitely be having it again. Thanks Emily!

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    emilybites — October 17, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Ooh, those sound like yummy changes. Glad you liked it!

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    Monica — February 9, 2012 @ 2:59 am

    Made this tonight for dinner. My chicken didn’t turn out that brown though. Maybe because i added broccoli and bok choy in the same pan. Pretty good! I’ve never had chinese 5 spice.

    • emilybites replied: — February 9th, 2012 @ 3:02 am

      Glad you liked it!

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    bc — March 21, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    Made this tonight exactly as written – wow! Delicious! I liked it better than takeout sesame chicken which is always so starchy, sticky and sweet. Hubby liked it too. Thanks so much!

    • emilybites replied: — March 26th, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

      I’m so happy you and your husband both loved this! Thanks for letting me know :)

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    Miranda — April 14, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    Made this tonight, followed exactly and found it to be very bland. But I love Sesame chicken so I’m willing to try again with the addition mentioned above of the orange juice and red pepper to see how it comes out.

    • emilybites replied: — April 17th, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

      Sorry you didn’t like it, Miranda!

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    SAM — April 26, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

    Call me a donut, but what exactly does your (T) stand for and your (C), teaspoon or tablespoon? tks

    • emilybites replied: — April 27th, 2012 @ 12:03 am

      T = tablespoon
      t = teaspoon
      c = cup

      You will find these standard abbreviations used in many recipes online or in cookbooks.

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    Lora — October 17, 2012 @ 4:19 am

    what kind of dry wine? red or white, or does it not matter?

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    Jessica — April 14, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    Where do you find light maple syrup? What is the difference between light and regular maple syrup? My parents make their own maple syrup, and we’re all scratching our heads. Should I substitute real maple syrup or the light “fake” stuff? Thanks so much for your help!

    • Emily Bites replied: — April 14th, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

      I meant the fake stuff, but feel free to use the real kind if you prefer! It will change the nutrition info.

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