Gluten-Free Is Me: Healthy Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

Healthy Sesame Chicken Recipe with Broccoli | Easy Gluten-Free Chinese

In case you hadn’t noticed, this week I’ve been on a healthy Chinese takeout tear in honor of the New Year. I have a bit of an obsession with ponies, so I was particularly excited about the year of the galloping horse being upon us. To celebrate, I thought I’d take on another classic from my old Grand Szechuan days.

Sesame chicken is one of the more egregiously unhealthy options on the Chinese menu. And it’s more addictive than crack. The combination of deep fried chicken coated with a sauce that is 75 percent sugar, basically gives your saliva glands a pleasure-induced panic attack. A.k.a. the chicken melts in your mouth.

Chicken Healthy Sesame Chicken
But as always, I try to do things a little healthier around here. So I did a littler investigating and found these two healthy sesame chicken recipe variations via Iowa Girl Eats and Simply Scratch. I loved that the chicken was coated in cornstarch instead of flour and pan-fried. I cut down on the honey even more and the dish that resulted was a little like a hybrid of chicken and broccoli and sesame chicken. But it still satisfied my take out fix.

Healthy Sesame Chicken One health hack that I always do is make sure the ratio of vegetables to protein is always 1:1. When I used to order chicken and broccoli from my local greasy spoon Chinese spot, I’d always end up with half a leftover container full of just chicken. I hate it when vegetables are just an accent. Pus, there’s something about the way broccoli florets absorb sauce that’s just as intoxicating as munching on a piece of fried chicken. So why not embrace it?

Are there any other takeout delicacies you’d like to see a healthy and/or gluten-free version of on this site? Let me know in the comments!

Xo
Phoebe

Recipes

Healthy Sesame Chicken

Healthy Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Healthy Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts separated, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (black or regular)

Instructions

  1. In a large wok or lidded skillet, cover the broccoli with 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer over high heat, reduce to medium, then cover and cook until vibrant and tender, 1-2 minutes. Drain in a colander. Rinse and dry the skillet.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg white, cornstarch, and salt in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add the chicken and toss to combine.
  3. Heat the oil in the skillet over high heat. When hot, add the chicken in an even layer. Cook until golden brown on the first side, about 2 minutes, then stir dry until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minute more. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining oil and stir fry the peppers and white scallions until lightly charred, 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the chicken back to the pan, along with the tamari, sesame oil, honey, and sesame seeds. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, 2 minutes. Stir in the broccoli and green scallions. Serve over brown or white rice.
http://feedmephoebe.com/2014/02/healthy-sesame-chicken-recipe/

Jeanette’s Healthy Living:Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Green Chilies
The Heritage Cook:Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Cutlets with Madeira Gravy
Weelicious:Roast Chicken with Caramelized Lemons
Devour:Giada’s Top Chicken Dinners
Taste With The Eyes:Griddled Gochujang Chicken Sandwich, “Kimchi” Slaw and Seaweed Mayo
Napa Farmhouse 1885:Italian Chicken Stew with Olives and Kale
Red or Green?:Oven-Fried Tortilla Chicken Drumsticks
Blue Apron Blog:5 Not Boring Weeknight Chicken Recipes
Virtually Homemade:Chicken Puttanesca
Elephants and the Coconut Trees:Spicy Deep Fried Chicken
Domesticate Me:Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders with Sriracha Honey Mustard (Gluten-Free!)
Dishing with Divya:Couscous with Chicken and Vegetables
In Jennie’s Kitchen:How to Roast a Chicken
FN Dish:Winning Chicken Dinners

Comment21 Share This!

21 Responses to Gluten-Free Is Me: Healthy Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

  1. LOVE THIS Phoebe!!!
    Maybe some absolutely god-awful for you fair food……..gluten-free corn dogs? Is that taking it too far :)

    xo
    M

  2. Leah Davis says:

    I will be making this! Yikes! I had no idea there was so much sugar in the original version. You are consistently coming up with amazing recipes ~ I’m trying to think if there is anything that I’d love to see a healthier or gluten free version of. Maybe chicken piccata or chicken marsala? I love italian food but I always feel like the dishes have A TON of butter in them when you go to restaurants and I haven’t tried to make them at home because I’m not sure how to make them taste good!

  3. Pingback: Menu Today » Blog Archive » Winning Chicken Dinners — Comfort Food Feast

  4. Frankie says:

    I second Leah’s coment. Let’s have veal piccata but with olive oil or something, and coated with white rice flour? Or potato gratin done healthier? I remember you did a fantastic version of tuna-noodle casserole.

  5. Pingback: Winning Chicken Dinners — Comfort Food Feast | SHEKNOWSLATINO

  6. Pingback: Leah’s Link Loves + Britney in Vegas | Georgia Peach On My Mind

  7. Christa says:

    Silly question… Did you boil the red pepper with the broccoli or cook it in the pan with the onions? Am I just missing where it’s mentioned in the directions?

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Stephanie says:

    We made this for dinner last night and it was excellent! My husband, who is usually skeptical of ‘healthified’ meals couldn’t get enough. I think next time you could even cut back on a bit of the honey, it seemed plenty sweet.
    Thanks for the yummy dinner!

    • I’m so glad!! I used less honey than most of the recipes I read, but totally great if you want to use even less than that! Hooray for your husband loving health food. Next time, just don’t tell him :)

  9. Amy says:

    Hi! I made this for dinner last night..and it was great! I also added sliced mushrooms. My husband said it was a “keeper” :) Thanks for the great recipe!

  10. Mary says:

    found your recipie on Pinterest….OMG it was so easy (I’m a terrible cook and married to a chef)!! He LOVED IT! We both did. it wasn’t too heavy, and was perfect portion for no leftovers! thank you for sharing!

  11. Christine says:

    Excellent, my entire family loves this recipe. My son (7) ask me to make it again yesterday. I don’t add the honey at all and it taste great.

    Thank you for healthy option recipes that are easy and yummy.

  12. This was delicious and pretty easy to make! I used chicken thighs instead of breast and regular yellow onions because I didn’t have any scallions. Tasty none the less! I served it with black rice. Definitely making this again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>