Monday, November 22, 2010

Sesame Honey Chicken with Garlic Spinach

     Recipe:  Slice 4 thin pieces of chicken breast.
     Whisk 1 egg with 2 teaspoons of corn starch in a mixing bowl to make a thin batter.
     Dredge the chicken slices in flour.
     Dip the chicken in the batter.
     Heat a saute pan over medium high heat.
     Add a generous splash of vegetable oil.
     Pan fry the battered chicken pieces.
     Cook both sides of the chicken pieces, till they become golden brown. 
     Set the chicken pieces aside.
     Drain the oil out of the hot pan.
     Return the pan to medium heat.
     Add a splash of sesame oil.
     Add 1 clove of minced garlic.
     Add 1 teaspoon of minced ginger.
     When the garlic and ginger become fragrant, add 1 cup of water.
     Add a splash of thin soy sauce.
     Add a splash of rice vinegar.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Add 1 pinch of five spice powder.
     Mix a few spoonfuls of cornstarch with cold water to form a slurry.
     Add a little bit of corn starch and water slurry at a time, while stirring to thicken the sauce to a thin consistency.
     Add 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds.
     Add 1teaspoon of black sesame seeds.
     Add 2 tablespoons of honey.
     Return the chicken to the sauce.
     Reduce the temperature to medium low heat.
     Gently simmer the chicken in the sauce.
     Garlic Spinach:  Heat a saute pan over medium heat.
     Add a small splash of vegetable oil.
     Add a tiny splash of sesame oil.
     Add 2 cloves of minced garlic.
     When the garlic turns a golden color, add a generous handful of fresh baby spinach leaves.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Stir till the spinach is lightly wilted.
     Remove the spinach from the pan and set it aside.
     Assembly:  Place a small portion of plain boiled or steamed white rice into a ring mold on the center of a plate.
     Make a ring of the wilted spinach around the rice.
     Canter and lean the chicken pieces against the rice's edge and the spinach.
     Spoon a little of the sesame honey sauce on the chicken pieces.
     Sprinkle some thin sliced green onions over the center of the rice.
     This is truly a delicious recipe!  The flavors go well together.  The sweet honey sesame chicken flavor and garlic spinach are so yummy!  This is a very nice light dinner course.  Tasty and healthy!  ...  Shawna

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