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Woohoo! It looks like I still have it in me! I can still make awesome paleo food, people!

The proof is in this amazing Honey Sesame Chicken, right here. No word of a lie, this dish falls under the “omg-you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me-how-can-healthy-food-possibly-taste-so-freakingly-delicious” category.

Seriously, this stuff is so good, it totally rivals the [earnestly lip-smacking but equally unhealthy] food that I get served at my ultimate all-time favorite Thaï/Szechuan restaurant. And trust me, that place is amazing! And hey, it’s not just me saying it, you know. My daughter expressed the exact same opinion when she tasted it. She even went as far as to say that MY dish was BETTER than their food.  Whoa! Now that is one MAJOR compliment, for that restaurant truly is the finest in its class and has quite the reputation to back up these allegations.

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I do feel I need to add a tiny little disclaimer, though. This dish IS called Honey Sesame Chicken and it truly lives up to its name: the taste of the honey truly is omnipresent, resulting in a dish that’s rather on the sweet side. However, I find that this sweetness is well balanced out by the pungent nuttiness of the toasted sesame seeds and oil, the sourness of the rice vinegar, the saltiness of the fish sauce,  and the little hint of spiciness that the red pepper flakes contribute. If you think it might be too sweet for your taste, you may want to cut down on the honey a little.

But if like me you’re a huge fan of all those sweet and sour or sweet and salty dishes, then you’re in for a serious treat. Don’t leave out even a single teaspoon!

Oh, just one more thing… if you’re gonna make this for dinner tonight, can I please come over?

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Just like the Pork and Broccoli Noodles that I recently made, this is the kind of dish that greatly benefits from a proper mise-en-place. Take the time to prep all your ingredients, and then the rest will come together in no time at all.

To get things started, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce in a large glass measuring cup. When that’s done, make a slurry by mixing the tapioca starch and water together, and then measure out your sesame seeds. Next, cut the chicken into bite size pieces.

Oh, and if you are planning on serving this dish with a side of rice, now would be a good time to cook that, too!

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Alright, now that your mise-en-place is completed, add one or two tablespoons of healthy cooking oil in a large, skillet set over high heat.

Once that pan is hot enough, add about half the pieces of chicken and let the meat cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes, until the chicken turns opaque about half way up and gets nice and golden at the bottom. Flip the pieces of chicken and continue cooking for another minute or two, until browned on the other side.

Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken.

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Once all the meat is cooked, return it to the skillet and pour in the sauce.

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Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes to finish cooking the chicken. You might want to stir from time to time, to help all the tasty bits detach from the bottom of the pan.

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Give your slurry a good stir (chances are, the starch will have settled at the bottom) and then whisk it into the simmering sauce. If you need to, make a little room for your whisk by moving a few pieces of chicken to the side.

Once the slurry has been completely incorporated, keep stirring for about a minute, until the sauce is nicely thickened,

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Finally, add the toasted sesame seeds and stir until they are fully incorporated.

Serve piping hot with a side of rice and garnished with a little bit of chopped green onions, if desired, and prepare to have your mind totally blown!

Honey Sesame Chicken | thehealthyfoodie.com

Honey Sesame Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This Honey Sesame Chicken is super easy and quick to make, yet it's so good, it totally rivals with the food served in some of the best restaurants!
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs , (about 950g | 2lbs total)

For the sauce

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Instructions

  • In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce, up to the ground white pepper. Make a slurry by mixing the tapioca starch and water together, and then measure out your sesame seeds. Next, cut the chicken into bite size pieces. If you are planning on serving this dish with a side of rice, now would be a good time to cook the rice, too!
  • Now that your mise-en-place is completed, pour 1 or 2 tablespoons of healthy cooking oil in a large, skillet set over high heat. When the pan is hot enough, add about half the pieces of chicken and let the meat cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes, until the chicken turns opaque about half way up and gets nice and golden at the bottom. Flip the pieces of chicken and continue cooking for another minute or two, until browned on the other side. Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken.
  • Once all the meat is cooked, return it to the skillet and add sauce. Lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, to finish cooking the chicken. Give your slurry a good stir and then whisk it into the simmering sauce. Stir constantly for about a minute, until the sauce is thickened, then add the toasted sesame seeds and stir until well incorporated.
  • Serve immediately with a side of rice and garnished with a little bit of chopped green onions, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 524kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 214mg, Sodium: 1213mg, Potassium: 607mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 128IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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