20 Minute Meals, Poultry, Recipes

Make Your Own Takeout: Sesame Chicken and Rice

Craving your favorite Sesame Chicken take out?  Put down the takeout menu, or close that app on your phone and make it homemade!

Eating out, or ordering in is expensive.  Especially if you have a big family, or teenage boys.  This is why we make our own takeout when we have a craving for something. Not only are we saving money, but chances are that whatever we’re making is much, much healthier, and I actually know what’s going in it.

If you’re like most of us, you spend way too much money eating out.  This is one of the main reasons that I started meal planning, and why my Meal Planning Kits are so valuable when trying to slash your grocery bill.  When you know exactly what is for dinner every night, and you Make Your Own Takeout, you’ll notice a significant savings.

When we do order in, it’s usually Chinese food.  My favorite dish is Sesame Chicken.  It’s a little sweet, a little spicy and crunchy, and is why I decided to share it as my first recipe in my Make Your Own Takeout series.  I will be sharing some of my favorite Make Your Own Takeout meals each Friday.  Next week – homemade sushi.  It’s easier to make, and a lot cheaper than you think.

Ok, so back to Sesame Chicken

Sesame Chicken also makes a great recipe to make during the week when you’re pressed for time since it only takes about 30 minutes to make.  And, if you make the rice in the InstantPot, your dinner could possibly be ready sooner than 30 minutes.

Making Sesame Chicken is easy, and you probably already have everything you need to make it in your fridge, freezer and pantry.  The chicken in this recipe is fried, but you can easily bake it in a 425 degree oven for about 10 minutes for crispy chicken pieces to toss with the sauce.

Serve the chicken with some rice and steamed veggies.  Not only will your tummy be happy after eating this meal, but so will your wallet because of all savings!

What is your favorite takeout meal to make at home?

Category, DifficultyBeginner

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time25 mins

 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
 1 cup cornstarch
 ½ cup all-purpose flour
 2 tbsp soy sauce
 1 tsp white pepper
 2 egg whites
 ¼ tsp baking soda
 1 cup chicken stock
 ½ cup soy sauce
  cup brown sugar, packed
 1 tbsp cornstarch
 3 tbsp sesame oil
 ¼ cup rice vinegar
 2 tsp sirarcha, optional
 1 ½ tbsp garlic, minced
 vegetable oil, for frying
 sliced green onions, for garnish
 sesame seeds, for garnish

1

In a small pot, heat sesame oil until shimmering. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine and let simmer over low heat 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

2

In a separate skillet, heat 2-3” of frying oil to 375 degrees.

3

To make chicken, mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Lumps are ok. Dredge chicken in batter. Working in batches, cook chicken for 4-6 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

4

Working in batches, cook chicken for 4-6 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

5

Transfer cooked chicken to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.

6

Toss chicken with sauce and serve over rice topped with sesame seeds and green onions.

Ingredients

 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
 1 cup cornstarch
 ½ cup all-purpose flour
 2 tbsp soy sauce
 1 tsp white pepper
 2 egg whites
 ¼ tsp baking soda
 1 cup chicken stock
 ½ cup soy sauce
  cup brown sugar, packed
 1 tbsp cornstarch
 3 tbsp sesame oil
 ¼ cup rice vinegar
 2 tsp sirarcha, optional
 1 ½ tbsp garlic, minced
 vegetable oil, for frying
 sliced green onions, for garnish
 sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions

1

In a small pot, heat sesame oil until shimmering. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine and let simmer over low heat 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

2

In a separate skillet, heat 2-3” of frying oil to 375 degrees.

3

To make chicken, mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Lumps are ok. Dredge chicken in batter. Working in batches, cook chicken for 4-6 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

4

Working in batches, cook chicken for 4-6 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

5

Transfer cooked chicken to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.

6

Toss chicken with sauce and serve over rice topped with sesame seeds and green onions.

Sesame Chicken

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