Saturday, 17 January 2015

SESAME CHICKEN & BROWN RICE - HEALTHIER OPTIONS


All I can say about this recipe is WOW! I wouldn't say this recipe is completely "clean" as such but it's still a healthy option, the calories are fairly low at 656 per serving.  It's a taste sensation and if you enjoy sticky chicken or any sweet tasting chicken dish from your local Chinese restaurant/takeaway then you will love this.  The best part, it doesn't even taste like your being good!  Also I'd like to note that this recipe is called "Sesame Chicken' well I didn't have sesame's on the day #fail, but they really would set this dish off, so if you like them and have them thrown them in, I've stocked up on some already for the next time I make this dish!


Serves: 6

Ingredients:

4x Chicken Breasts
1x Onion
1x Garlic Clove
1.5 cups Honey
0.5 Cup Soy Sauce (I used light)
110g Brown Sugar (I used light)
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
120ml Rice Vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Curry Paste ( I used thai curry paste, it was all I had, was fine)
1 Tablespoon of Corn Flour (or regular flour will work too)
1 Tablespoon Tomato Ketchup
Sesame Seeds 
1x Spring Onion


Method:

Place your chicken breast into the slow cooker.  Chop the onion and crush the garlic then add all the ingredients except the corn flour, sesame seeds & spring onion into a mixing bowl, this makes your sauce.  Give it a good mix and then pour it over your chicken.  Pop the lid on your slow cooker, turn it to low and let it cook for 4 hours.

Just before the cooking time ends (around half an hour) you will need to boil your rice, I used brown rice and that usually takes around half an hour, 40 minutes.

After the four hours, remove your chicken from the pot, let is slightly cool and then cut it into pieces, leave at the side. At this point you will need to thicken your sauce, so add your corn flour (or flour) to the sauce and stir, stir, stir until the flour has completely dissolved, put the lid back on and leave it for 10 mins or so.  If the sauce still isn't as thick as you would like it you can just add some more flour.  Once the sauce has thickened, return the chicken to the pot and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes whilst you plate up your rice.

Once you have plated your rice, spoon out the chicken and place over the rice, at this point you can sprinkle the sesame seeds and spring onion over the top! I didn't have either of those on the day I made it but I will definitely add these next time, of course they are optional so if you don't like them, then don't add them!

And....Viola!



Let me know if your try this, it really is so yummy!  If you do tag me on Instagram (@moreofmeblog) I'd love to know what you think!  And of course feel free to share this on twitter and facebook.

Kirsty x

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