Make Your Own Sesame Chicken With Broccoli At Home

YIELD: Serves 4
ACTIVE TIME: 22 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 22 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking white rice
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more
  • 8 cups broccoli florets
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, breasts, or a mix, trimmed, patted dry, cut into 1 1/2″ chunks
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, divided
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

sesame chicken with broccoli

PREPARATION

Cook rice with a pinch of salt according to package directions.

Set a steamer basket in a medium pot filled with 1″ water, cover pot, and bring water to a boil. Uncover and steam broccoli until crisp-tender, 5–6 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, whisk cornstarch, pepper, and 1 1/2 tsp. salt in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat.

Heat 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil in a large skillet over high. Add half of the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and light brown crust forms, about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil; cook remaining chicken and transfer to plate.

Combine honey, soy sauce, vinegar, Sriracha, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Transfer sauce to skillet and cook 1 minute to reduce slightly. Return chicken to skillet, toss in sauce to coat, and cook until sauce is reduced and thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in reserved broccoli, toss to coat, and remove from heat.

Divide chicken and broccoli among 4 plates and top with scallions and remaining 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds. Serve with rice on the side.

Cooks’ Note
Feel free to substitute traditional white or brown rice for quick-cooking rice. Make this meal gluten-free by substituting tamari for the soy sauce.

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