Honey Sesame Chicken

IMG_9926Hi friends–  Here’s yet another week night chicken dinner.  I guess you’d call it one of those staples, you pull out for quiet evenings at home– a little spice, a little sweetness and the homey combination of chicken and brown rice.

HONEY SESAME CHICKEN
1 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
1/2 onion, chopped fine
2 boneless chicken breasts, cut to nice bits
2 tab. olive oil
garlic salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup tomato paste**
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tab. olive oil
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes*
1/3 cup water
1 tab. cornstarch
1 tab. sesame seeds
3 green onions, green parts, chopped

IMG_9937Cook the rice according to the package directions.  While that’s going, brown the onion in olive oil and then add in the cut chicken and cook it stirring now and then until it’s cooked through– about 8 to 10 minutes.  Salt it with garlic salt while it’s cooking.  In a container with a tight fitting lid, put the garlic, honey, tomato paste, soy sauce, 2 tab. olive oil, red pepper flakes, water and cornstarch.  Shake it until it’s well blended and then spoon it over the chicken.  Cook on high heat stirring until it thickens– just a couple minutes.

To serve it up, spread the rice on a pretty platter and then spoon the honey chicken over the top.  Garnish with the green onion and sesame seeds.  I think you’ll like it.  We did.

*1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes is mildly spicy, if you’re a spice wimp (I would fall in that camp), you could start with less and work your way up to even more spicy.
** If you don’t have tomato paste on hand, the recipe I worked from called for ketchup.  That would work well too.

6 thoughts on “Honey Sesame Chicken

  1. Rhonda ~ I am planning to make this for Easter…how many 1bs. of chicken breast do you use for this recipe? Is it 2 whole breasts or 2 breast halves? Thanks…Have a blessed Easter!

    • Hi Brenda– I had my MOPS girls for dinner and used 4 single boneless chicken half breasts for all 9 of us and it was plenty. Maybe you have bigger eaters… Are your kids going to be home? Hope it’s a blessed day for you– I know it will be a busy one!

  2. Made this tonight, Rhonda…it was F A B U L O U S! We loved it. I was going to try another new recipe I had pulled from a magazine but when I looked at it again I just didn’t think it was worth the effort…so I looked at my favorite cookbook…The Thankful Heart! I had seen this and so I searched for it and had everything I needed. So yummy and so easy…Thank you!!!!!

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