We are so excited to share this Honey Sesame Baked Chicken recipe with you! One bite and you are going to be hooked.
Honey Sesame Baked Chicken
During the week, I frequently find myself standing in front of the fridge, wondering what I am going to make for dinner. After a while, you get tired of eating the same old thing and need something new. But also, I know I far prefer recipes that don’t take a lot of time to prepare and are also somewhat healthy. So basically I’m looking for a new recipe, that is delicious, easy to prepare and healthy…. that is asking a lot! Yet here is the solution!
I came up with this honey baked sesame chicken one night when I was craving something with Asian flavors but really didn’t want to wait for take out to be delivered (and besides, take out can be so expensive and also loaded with unnecessary salts and sugar…sugar on my chicken? No thanks!). This is very similar to sesame chicken you may find on take out menus but even better!
Healthy Sesame Chicken
Honey sweetens the recipe just a tad while the soy sauce adds that salty umami taste. The nuttiness of the sesame seeds is exactly what is needed to take this recipe up a notch from being boring chicken to a memorable meal. While I like to add Sriracha to bring some heat to the recipe, this is totally up to you! Just skip it if you aren’t a huge lover of spicy foods.
Most of the ingredients in this recipe I always have in my home and I have given a few substitutes in case you may be missing one or two. Using almond meal (also known as almond flour) makes this recipe gluten free which is a bonus if you have a gluten intolerance. If you don’t have almond meal or even if you just want a crunchier chicken, try using panko bread crumbs. If you don’t have panko bread crumbs, regular bread crumbs will suffice as well! This recipe will be delicious no matter what.
Sesame Chicken Sauce
As I mentioned before, I look for recipes that aren’t going to keep me in the kitchen forever- who feels like cooking for hours after getting home from work on a Tuesday? Not me! Once you cut and season your chicken, it’s into the oven and the chicken is on its own to bake for 20 minutes while you can go off an do something else!
I use this time to make the sauce for the meal which only takes about 5 minutes itself. It’s great to throw everything into a sauce pan, give a little stir and have a restaurant quality sauce magically appear!
Once the chicken begins to brown and get a little crispy, it’s done! Simply toss it with the sauce and you are ready for dinner. Because of the small size of these chicken bites, they are super easy to pop in your mouth. They also make a great appetizer for parties- just stick a toothpick in and you are ready to go!
Keeping with the healthy trend and trying to have a balanced meal, I do usually pair this dish with some brown rice and a vegetables.
Healthy Sesame Chicken
One serving of brown rice has a complete daily dose of magnesium which helps increase energy, can help with digestion and can even relieve muscle pain. With white rice, the bran of the rice is removed and half of the magnesium and B vitamins found in the rice go too.
Broccoli goes great with this chicken recipe as well and has so many health benefits. Full of vitamins (vitamin B6, K, E, A, B1….), eating broccoli has been linked to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. So if you are looking to add a little extra nourishment to this dinner, load up on brown rice and broccoli!
Baked Garlic Chicken
So maybe you are looking for something new and easy for dinner or maybe you just love Asian sesame chicken and don’t want to pay takeout prices anymore. Either way, this recipe is for you! It’s fast, easy, completely delicious and goes great with healthy side dishes. If you have 30 minutes right now, I recommend you make some right now! Bon Appetite!
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A little sweet and a little spicy makes this chicken recipe the perfect balance! Serve it over rice, noodles or enjoy it on it’s own.
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
- sea salt and black pepper (to taste)
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- ½ cup almond meal (or panko crumbs)
- 1/3 cup honey, or more, to taste
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/3 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha (optional)
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced (optional)
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400(F) degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick spray.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add eggs and almond meal and mix into the chicken. Add chicken to prepared baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
- In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine honey, garlic, soy sauce and Sriracha and green onions, if using. In another small bowl, combine cornstarch and water, then stir mixture into the saucepan until thickened (about 1–2 minutes).
- Add baked chicken into the sauce and stir until even combined. Let cook for a few minutes. Garnish with sesame seeds, then serve immediately.