Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Quick & Easy Sesame Chicken

This sesame chicken is crispy popcorn chicken pieces tossed in a sweet and savory sauce. 

One of my favorite things to get is Chinese take out. The first time I ever tried Sesame Chicken was at a Chinese buffet, I was instantly hooked. All that crispy battered chicken basted in a sweet and savory sauce so yummy. I was surprised when I saw the copy cat version at Real Mom Kitchen

It looked so good and so easy to throw together. I love trying to recreate restaurant dishes at home it is so fun, especially when they turn out so good in the end. I am definitely making this dish again. Next time I am going to try the Costco Brand Popcorn Chicken and see how it compares to the Tyson Brand.

I deep fried the chicken just like Laura said and they were so crispy and yummy. My little guy Carson did not like this dish so I put some of the chicken aside before adding the sauce so I could at least please him as well.

I did not use any sesame seeds since no one will eat them but you really could not tell a difference in the recipe. Next time I may add a splash of sesame oil for flavor. I think I will also play around with the sauce a bit and decrease the vinegar or the ketchup just a bit. One of those two ingredients were a bit overpowering. All in all I thought this was a pretty good recreation of a great take out dish.

These are the ingredients you will need:Popcorn Chicken, Sugar, Ketchup, Distilled White Vinegar, Honey, Salt & Pepper, Green Onions and Sesame Seeds optional.

Deep fry your popcorn chicken

and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.

In a wok or sauce pan, combine the remaining ingredients and warm over medium heat.

Bring to a boil while stirring and simmer until sauce slightly thickens.

In the wok or in a serving dish coat chicken with the sauce.

Serve over cooked rice and garnish with diced green and sesame seeds.

Quick & Easy Sesame Chicken

1 1/2 - 2 pounds of frozen popcorn chicken
6 - tablespoons honey
4 - tablespoons sugar
salt to taste
4 - tablespoons ketchup
1 - 2 tablespoon white vinegar
a sprinkle of ground black pepper
diced green onion, optional
sesame seeds, optional

Deep fry your popcorn chicken and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. In a wok or sauce pan, combine the remaining ingredients and warm over medium heat. 

Bring to a boil while stirring and simmer until sauce slightly thickens. In the wok or in a serving dish coat chicken with the sauce. 

Serve over cooked rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Cooks Note: For some people the sauce might not be enough so you can easily double the recipe. That is what I usually do.


Shawna said... #

OH MY GOSH....I love the idea to use popcorn chicken, Tina! This looks fabulous!

Debbie said... #

Chinese food is my absolute favorite thing to go out for. Now I can just make it at home? I'll have to give it a try. It looks great.

Meg said... #

I love Chinese food and this looks just perfect!

Krystal said... #

I would go out for chinese everyday if I could. After I had my little girl, I requested someone bring me chinese food at the hospital. I can't wait to try these!

Donna-FFW said... #

Oh this sounds terrific. I so enjoy Chinese food that can be made at home and this sounds easy peasy.

Tina Butler said... #

Well it sounds like we are all chinese food lovers. Krystal I to had a friend ask me what I wanted after I had my oldest son and I said chinese to LOL I couldnt wait to eat it. I could eat asian everyday. I need to try out some more copy cat versions at home, so I will be on a hunt for some more recipes. If anyone has any please lmk.

Michelle said... #

These look delicious. It's one of my favorite Chinese dishes!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said... #

MMMMMM....looks so lovely!! Yummie!!

Sherri Murphy said... #

Well, how easy is that? And it looks just like the restaurant version! Yum!

Heidi said... #

What a great idea using the popcorn chicken in the chinese dish. That would work with a lot of chinese dishes! What a great time saver. You can also feed it to the kids who turn their noses up at the chinese food sauce. What a perfect idea. You are one smart cookie Tina :)

Tiffany said... #

That looks so good. I love ordering it in a restaurant. i wonder if you could fix the chicken some other way than deep frying it? What about baking? Would it be crispy enough?

Julie said... #

What a great idea! Looks so delicious.

The P in PJs til Noon said... #

Oh my tasty and EASY! I doubled the recipe and used a chicken fried rice like I was eating @ the mall! I made it for a family movie night--YUM!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Lynn said... #

This looks so good. I am going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said... #

Tina, yours turned out great, great pic. So glad you enjoyed it. It's one of my favorites.

The Manintvelds said... #

That .. looks .. awesome!

Heidi said... #

This sounds easy enough... I think I can do it! I've not had much experience with cooking chinese-ish food. I think I'll leave the sesame seeds out and try the oil in it. Thanks for sharing Tina :)

Melissa said... #

I never would have thought to deep fry the chicken. I made something similar to this, but it wasn't the same as that in a Chinese restaurant. Thanks again!

Unknown said... #

Wholly Toledo this look AMAZING !!! I MUST make this soon : ) Thanks Tina ~

Heide Mc.™ said... #

Can't wait to try this. My mouth is watering.

Anonymous said... #

I hate to say this; I tried making this and it tastes pretty bad. It tastes like really sweet ketchup. On the bright side it was pretty easy, so I didn't waste much time. However, I do not recommend it.

Tina Butler said... #

You could try reducing the ketchup by half and see if that works.

Unknown said... #

First of all I think the chicken should be thawed before frying, otherwise its too crispy by the time the insides are done. Second the sauce is too sweet, due to the costs of the ingredients, I am not likely to try this again. For now all I can think to do is rinse off the chicken and hope it takes away some of the sweetness.
I was disappointed but no babies died because I didn't have perfect sesame chicken.