David's Favorite Recipes

ASIAN SESAME CHICKEN STIR-FRY

SERVES 4

I love to stir-fry because it’s so quick, delicious, and healthy. My favorite recipe was one for sweet-and-sour chicken, until I adapted this very flavorful recipe from one I found on the Budget Bytes website.

Ingredients

1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 large egg
4 tablespoons cornstarch
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
4 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Asian-style toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons sesame seeds
Steamed white rice or cooked snow peas, for serving
2 scallions, chopped

Directions

Cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces and put them in a mixing bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch, and a little salt and pepper. Add the egg mixture to the chicken and toss well to coat.

In another bowl, stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, water, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, remaining cornstarch, and half the sesame seeds. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and all the egg mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes.

Pour the sauce over the chicken in the skillet and briskly stir or toss the chicken to coat it with the sauce, which will begin to thicken as soon as it hits the hot skillet. Once the chicken is coated, turn off the heat.

Serve next to a bed of steamed white rice or cooked snow peas. Top with the remaining sesame seeds and chopped scallions.