Sesame Garlic Chicken

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It is Fast Friday again and time for another fast and fabulous dinner suggestion. If you are anything like me, by the time Friday rolls around the last thing you want to do to cook a big meal yet we all still have to eat. The dishes featured in this series aren’t necessarily fancy but they bring together simple ingredients most people already have in their pantries or have easy access to and allow you to put a real meal on the table in between 30 and 45 minutes. Enjoy and if you have your own fast recipes you want to share, please send them my way and I will in turn share them with all of my readers.
This recipe is adapted from jocooks.com and is easy, satisfying, and sure to please. This dish is essentially a more sophisticated version of sesame chicken and is so good that after tasting this you won’t be going back to the take out version again. And because the same skillet goes from stovetop to oven this recipe yields minimal clean up making for an even better meal. Serve the chicken over steamed rice with a vegetable, spicy green beans are really good, and dinner is ready.
SESAME GARLIC CHICKEN
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized cubes
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Dash of cinnamon
Salt & pepper
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
For the sauce:
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the flour, garlic powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in a large Ziploc bag.
  • Add the chicken pieces and toss well to coat, ensuring that each piece of chicken is fully coated with the flour mixture.
  • In a large oven-proof skillet set over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and cook until lightly golden brown on all sides, about 5-6 minutes total.
  • While the chicken is cooking, combine the garlic, chicken broth, remaining 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, and sherry in a small bowl.
  • When the chicken is evenly browned, remove the pan from the heat and and the sauce to the pan. Stir gently to combine.
  • Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top of the chicken.
  • Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Serve over rice.
Serves 4
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