Sweet Smell of Sesame

When I walked out of work today I stopped mid-stride at the smell that penetrated my nostrils…sesame oil! It is not only one of my favorite smells OF ALL TIME…

…I love cooking with it!

Hence, I share with you tonight’s dinner.

Dun-dun-dun DUHN!

Sesame Chicken Stir-fry

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

½ cup honey

½ cup soy sauce

1 cup water

2 tablespoons corn starch

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 small bulb (several cloves) garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes*

2 drizzles “Kochu” (Korean Red Pepper) oil*

2 drizzles Sesame Oil

½ zucchini (sliced as you wish for stir fry)

½ carrot (sliced as you wish for stir fry)

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch strips or bite size pieces
  2. Heat a large skillet (non-stick) over medium-high heat with ½ tablespoon oil
  3. Cook chicken until no longer pink
  4. Mix sauce: honey, soy sauce, water, corn starch, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, Kochu Oil, Sesame Oil
  5. Mix until smooth (no corn starch lumps)
  6. Pour sauce mixture into skillet with chicken; add zucchini, carrots.
  7. Cook until sauce slightly thickens. (Add more water if sauce too thick)
  8. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  10. Serve with white rice (and in our house, “kim”)

*Go easy on the red pepper flakes/red pepper oil if you like your food more mild. We like everything full-flavored and spicy in our house, so I’m always adding extra. The oil especially adds a kick.

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