Honey Garlic Sesame Chicken

Last week was Lunar New Year and I was able to celebrate in Boston’s wonderful Chinatown.  The meal was amazing and something I hadn’t tried before, which is always something fun to do.  Then I went over to a chinese market and was on sensory overload from all the amazing things they had.  Dumplings, mochi, fruit and candies… lets just say I left with a few bags full.  But since then I have had such a craving for chinese food.. which admittedly can be an unhealthy craving sometimes.  Since I wanted to the fried sesame chicken or egg rolls.  This recipe is a great way to fight the craving and not breaking the calorie count for the day.  This recipe also makes the most juicy and tender chicken that you could mix into any base.  So enjoy orange chicken, teriyaki, whatever you want!  Its very versatile!  Okay enough jabbering, lets learn how to make it!

Ingredients:

For the chicken

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast (I used 1 large one)
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour (or whatever flour you have)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cloves garlic (fresh or dried and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1.2 teaspoon butter
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

How to:

  1. Begin by setting your oven to 350.  Then using a paper towel, dry off your chicken.
  2. In a bowl, or welled plate, mix the flour, paprika, salt and pepper.  Make sure everything is all mixed up.
  3. Cut the chicken into bit sized cubes.  Then add to the flour and gently roll them around until they have a light coating on them.
  4. In a pre-sprayed pan, add the chicken.  Then spray the chicken as well. (this helps them get a little bit crispier, but its not necessary).
  5. Let cook for 15-20 minutes.
  6. While your chicken is cooking, make the sauce.
  7. Start by sautéing your garlic in the oil in a welled frying pan until lightly golden.  Then add in the sesame seeds so they can toast a bit. Then add the honey, soy sauce, and brown sugar.  On medium low heat begin to reduce the sauce.
  8. After about 5 minutes you will see the sauce starts to become thick and sticky.  Then add the butter and red pepper flakes (if you want some heat).
  9. Once your chicken is cooked, add it to the pan with your sauce and stir it around until the sauce is evenly coating the chicken.
  10. Eat with some veggies, in a spring roll, on salad, whoever you like!
  11. Enjoy!

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Perfectly Pulled

Do you ever feel like you are being pulled in 100 directions?  You have 3 group meetings, 2 exams, on top of all your homework and extracurricular activities.  And rushing from one thing to the next, you forget to eat.  One way to combat this is to plan ahead.  I don’t mean making 50 PB&J sandwiches, but something equally as simple but with LOADS more flavor.  This is a ridiculously easy recipe to make pulled pork.  This recipe for pulled pork can be used with BBQ, mexican, alone, however you want.  So set it and forget it in a crockpot, and then eat it all week long however you like!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soda (something clear like sprite or ginger ale)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons spicy mustard (or yellow if you don’t have spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper
  • center cut pork loin (is what I used but butt works well also)

How to:

  1. Add everything to a crock pot and cook low for 4 hours then high for 4 hours.
  2. BAM, its shredded and delicious.
  3. You can thicken the liquid in the pot to make a delicious sauce or just leave the meat in the liquid so it stays juicy and most.
  4. I ate this as a taco today, but I ate them as stand alone with collards, as BBQ, so many different ways.
  5. Enjoy!

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The Whole Meal: BBQ Steak Tips with Sweet Potato Fries and Swiss Chard

Recently I have learned how to make steak at home, and now I treat myself to lovely steak dinners sometimes.  Well today was a lovely steak lunch.  Most people think that during their busy weeks they don’t have time to eat much more than a sandwich for lunch, well you are wrong my friends.  You do have time!  Because it doesn’t need to be such a song and dance to make things, plus you can make it once and then reheat it later on in the week.  This is a 3 for 1 recipe of what to make for the perfect BBQ meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 sirloin steak tips
  • BBQ sauce
  • Dash steak sauce
  • Rainbow Chard
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 2 gloves chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken base
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt

How to: STEAK

  1. You want to begin by marinating your steak in the BBQ and steak sauce.  About 20 minutes should be sufficient.
  2. Then in a cast iron skillet with ridges get it to a screaming hot temperature.  (Open the windows because this will make it smoke up), and set your oven to 400.
  3. Once you skillet is hot, add in your steak.  Cook on each side for 2-4 minutes.  If you can pull the steak away from the pan easily, it is ready to turn, if you cant, let it cook until you can.
  4. Once all 4 sides have char marks, place into the oven and cook for 5-10 more minutes.
  5. This is the trick to seeing how cooked your meat is. Feel your cheek, that is what rare meat will feel like. Now your chin, thats about medium. Then your forehead is well done.  These are the general guidelines to telling.
  6. After the few minutes in the oven, it should be all set and ready to enjoy!

How to: Steak Fries

  1. Steak fries are so easy but so delicious, especially if they are sweet potato ones.
  2. Begin by washing your sweet potato really well, seeing as we wont be peeling it you want to make sure it is extra clean.
  3. Then slice it in half the long way.  Then slice through the long way again.  The fries should be about 1/2 cm thick.
  4. I lay down foil on the pan I am cooking with to make cleanup extra easy but you do you.
  5. Then pour the oil over the fries, making sure they are all coated, you can also use pan spray for this, which would be less fat.
  6. Then salt them and throw them in a 400 oven for 30-40 minutes, flipping in the middle.  Until they are beautifully golden.
  7. DONE

How to: Rainbow Chard (or any other green could be replaced here)

  1. Begin by sautéing the garlic and onion in a pan with a little bit of oil, once the onions are translucent pour in 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 teaspoon chicken base.
  2. Then add in your chard.
  3. Cook this for 10-15 minutes until the chard is wilted and some of the water is gone.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

A restaurant quality meal for half the price and all in the comfort of your own home, the only thing that sucks about home cooking is the dishes.