Baked Sesame Chicken

 

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Well since we just talked about the secret to perfect Ham Fried Rice I figured we would move right along to our baked sesame chicken. And budgets. Because who wants to talk about money without something totally delicious to eat? This sesame chicken is one of the yummy dinners that we had up at Teton Springs, and it is a baked panko chicken versus the deep fried stuff, but you can totally skip the breading all together if you want it to be healthier. I love this stuff. I just stinking love it. And I love a good budget, shocked to hear myself say that, but it’s true and we are offering a giveaway to help you, so scroll to the bottom of the post!

 

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Let’s just say that Cade and I have our roles a little mixed up in the financial area. Usually it’s the women who want to spend and the men that want to save, but in our house I’m the one that would rather be a total tightwad and Cade likes to spend a little. I have to tell you though, he’s not an over spender by any means. And budgets feel restricting and boring to him. He would rather pay the bills, save, and have fun without getting into trouble whereas I like to be held accountable, see what our expenses are, keep track of everything and try to do better.

 

Baked Sesame Chicken-I loved sesame chicken takeout in highschool, but now that I'm older I need the same awesome flavor without the deep fried breadingohsweetbasil.com

 

When I was little my parents taught me that we avoid debt like the plague. Obviously buying a home was an exception, but otherwise they wanted me to know how to balance my checkbook, put money towards tithing, bills, savings and then a little play money. Once I got married I clearly wanted it to stay that way but it’s taken some time to show Cade that it really is freeing to have a budget and know how you’re spending money. Now he’s totally on board there are two things we have learned.

 

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First, our church is all about being financially stable and debt free which all my life inspired me to try to live smart, and Dave Ramsey’s way of financial freedom goes along perfectly with it. We read Financial Peace University and looooove it, but everything from him is amazing. It inspired us to really reach for our financial goals and to be smart with our money and how to teach our children about money. This is not a sponsored post, I honestly believe that we all can benefit from living within our means and not lusting after an idea of the perfect life with “things”. If you’re looking to really feel peace about finances and prepare for a financially successful life I believe that this is where you should start.

 

Second, we switched from good ol’ excel spreadsheets to Mint. You can do Mint online or like we do we have an app (yeah, they’ve got an app for that). I created an account and my husband uses my information to log in from his phone so that we are always perfectly in sync. It’s so easy to add in all of your monthly expenses, add anything every time you buy or pay for something and automatically see exactly how your budget is doing and how much money you have. You’d be surprised how much less you spend in a month when you hold yourself accountable. I love that Windows has made it so easy to get on board with being financially stable. So I’m curious, would you be willing to try out budgeting and if you already do what things have made you successful at it?

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Are Sesame Seeds Good for You?

Sesame seeds contain healthy fats.

They also contain fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus that helps boost energy levels.

Sesame seeds are also rich in magnesium that helps prevent high blood pressure.

 

What is a Healthy Alternative to Rice?

There are several good substitutes for rice.

Red or white quinoa, cauliflower rice, brown rice, barley, couscous, or amaranth, are all good alternatives to rice.

 

 

Baked Sesame Chicken

Baked Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 4 Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless, cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • canola oil for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper

sesame sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste, or 1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • sesame seeds, toasted for garnish
  • Green onions for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Season the chicken with a little salt and pepper and then dredge in the panko bread crumbs until they are evenly coated.
  4. Place on the baking sheet, drizzle with a little oil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until cooked through.

For the sauce

  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, add the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, chili paste, and pepper flakes and stir for a few seconds then quickly add the stock, soy sauce, honey, vinegar and brown sugar.
  2. Stir until it comes to a boil.
  3. In a small dish, whisk together the cornstarch and water, once the mixture is boiling, slowly add the cornstarch mixture, stirring until thickened. Often I turn it to a simmer while I check the chicken.
  4. Once thick, pour over chicken and top with sesame seeds.

Serve immediately.

Low sodium soy sauce will change the sauce completely. Please don’t use regular soy sauce. Also, this does make quite a bit of sauce but our chicken breasts were quite large and I always prefer extra sauce versus not enough.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6-8 servings, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 311 Calories
  • Total Fat: 10.5g
  • Cholesterol: 56.1mg
  • Carbohydrates: 32.7g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Sugar: 21.2g
  • Protein: 21.7g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

 

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34 comments on “Baked Sesame Chicken”

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  2. Definitely using this over the holiday week, hope the teens like it! Regard Dave Ramsey, he really is great! I have always been what some called overly frugal. I had no Dave Ramsey but lived life as he suggests moneywise. I have to tell you, follow his suggestions and your life will still be very full and retirement, a dream, no worries about money!

  3. This has become one of my family’s favorite meal. It’s delicious and way better than takeout. There are a couple of tiny errors in the recipe. It says the sesame oil is divided but then in the instructions it just says to add the oil. And it doesn’t say to add the garlic. Also in the photo there are green onions and they would be good with it but if it’s not in the list of ingredients I’ll forget to buy it. Can’t wait to have it again!

  4. Just made this dish, my husband really liked it. Thank you. Always looking for new dishes to try.

  5. I didn’t coat and bake my chicken. I put soime sesame oil and cooked chicken that way. I couldn’t find rice wine vinegar or vinegar oil or asian oil so I used rice vinegar. I used less soy sauce than the recipe called for and poured it in a little at a time. I used the sweet chili sauce because I couldn’t find the chili paste. We enjoyed this dish very much..

    • You did NOT make thee recipe so avoid commenting on a recipe you did not make.

      • I know this comment was made more than a year ago, but I think you were very rude to Glenda. So what, she couldn’t find some of the ingredients and decided to avoid the coating. She basically made the recipe with a few substitutions – which are allowed if you can’t find the exact thing. She even mentioned how good the dish was. You weren’t very nice at all and maybe you should avoid commenting on other peoples comments.

  6. Made this tonight. It was very good. Unfortunately, I didn’t read not to use regular soy sauce. That’s all I had. Next time I will use low sodium and I’m sure it will be even better. A definite repeat!!!

  7. Where is the ginger

  8. Definetly disappointed. Wayyyy too much soy sauce. Gross. And way to much sauce in general.

    • Carley, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it. We had some extra sauce as well, but not much. Maybe our chicken was bigger. I definitely have found that regular soy sauce is too much, but the low sodium we love it. Sorry. 🙁

  9. Made this for dinner tonight. I was SO looking forward to it. It was ok but the panko didn’t stick to the chicken once the sesame sauce was poured on and the sauce itself tasted like there was way too much soy sauce. Really salty :(. Any suggestions??

    • Darnit, I’m sorry. Ours did slide off once but it’s because I literally dumped the pan of sauce on them and it just pushed the breadcrumbs off. It’s bound to happen a little as the chicken is baked and there isn’t a “glue” with flour to hold it on since it’s healthier. You could always do flour, egg, breadcrumbs and that would help hold it on and then either dip the chicken in the sauce or just pour close to the chicken and gently so it doesn’t push the breadcrumbs. Soy sauce makes me crazy. We’ve tested a bunch of brands and found low sodium to be a must and Aloha brand seems to be the least salty. Even so some batches still end up very salty. I would stick to those two tips and use a little less soy sauce, testing as you go. I hope this helps! Sorry for the long comment. 🙂

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  11. This looks so tasty, definitely whipping this dish up for my husband 🙂 he loves sesame chicken!

  12. This sounds yummy. I want to make it, but I don’t know what chili paste is. Where do you find it at the grocery store? Is it in the Asian section?
    Thanks,
    Diane

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  14. I love anything that can be made in the oven with no fuss! I’m definitely going to be trying this one night for dinner.
    Btw, you’re a great inspiration to me, Carrian! I’m amazed how you lead an active healthy lifestyle while being there for your family. Your blog inspires me to be a better wife, mother, and person. Thank you!

  15. This is so very delicious! My family is requesting that I make it for the second time this week. We just had a take-out disaster and this was so much better than takeout. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I just wanted to say that I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! It really tasted like food from an Asian restaurant, even though I’m Finnish, so not Asian in any way, shape or form. But I pulled it off. Thanks for the great easy recipe! 🙂

  17. So first, I’m all over that chicken.
    Second, I listen to Dave Ramsey’s show on the radio in bed in the evenings. LOVE him. But have yet to actually purchase any of his stuff. I think it would AWESOME to win this. My husband and I are like you and yours. I want to save and keep track of every penny and I think he just thinks it’s too time consuming. This could have the ability to get us on the same page. Thanks for a shot at the title. 🙂

  18. Sesame chicken is one of my take-out favourites. I love the look of this homemade baked version! Totally going to try this sometime.
    Pinning!

  19. Mmm, this chicken looks FANTASTIC. As in, I may need to make it for dinner tonight (or lunch, if I can’t wait that long).

  20. That sticky sauce has me craving sesame chicken something fierce!