May 17, 2009 • Ariel and Whitney
Rel’s Kosher Keepers: Sesame Chicken…for beginners by a beginner
Hey all! I’m headed to Israel tomorrow so I just wanted to post this Sesame Chicken recipe before I leave. To preface this post, I have never made sesame chicken before AND I didn’t really even follow a recipe to make this. I really just pulled an Amelia Bedelia and tossed in “a little bit of this and a little bit of that.”
Ariel’s Kosher Sesame Chicken
1 kosher chicken breast
1 cup of flour
2 cups of vegetable oil or peanut oil for frying
1 chopped scallion
toasted sesame seeds
*I didn’t really measure how much I used of each of these. Remember, sesame oil is VERY strong so just use a few drops relative to the rest. In terms of how much I used for each, I’m going to show you through a little algebra review.
Vegetable Oil > Soy Sauce > Honey > Sesame Oil
To make this sesame chicken, cut up your chicken into bite sized chunks. First dip the chunks in your whisked eggs, and then in a separate plate with your flour. The egg and flour should coat the chicken and will be the crust when you fry it. Heat up your oil to about 350 degrees and gently drop the chicken in. Since the pieces are small, they don’t take too long to cook up. When they’re looking brown and crispy, take them out and place them on a paper towel to drain the oil. If you’re worried about them cooking through, cut a few open and make sure there isn’t any pink left. If there’s pink, toss ‘em back in because you don’t want to be eating that!
To make the sauce, put the vegetable oil, soy sauce, honey and sesame oil in a pot and bring to a simmer. At the last minute dump in your chicken and mix around. Pour into a bowl and top with the chopped scallions and sesame seeds and BAM, you’re done.
So here’s the finished product. I wish I could say that it tastes like real sesame chicken from chinatown but it just doesn’t. But I must say, the chicken was fried to perfection and the sauce was thick, sesame-ey and delicious. Since I made this dish, I looked up a real recipe and found that some people put corn syrup and sugar into their sauces. Perhaps next time I will try that! This sesame chicken was really a hit though. Everyone in the family snagged a bite and soon they were gone!
Anyway, while I’m in Israel, I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures of Israeli food so I can blog about it! Wish me luck with that and with surviving the flight as we all know that air plane food is, for lack of a better word, subpar.
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