Saturday, August 31, 2013

Paleo Sesame Chicken

The other day I came across a recipe for Sesame Chicken that I had made in the past (non-Paleo), and I figured I could totally adjust it for the Paleo lifestyle.  This was already a healthier version than take-out (this dish is my favorite thing to get for take-out by the way), and it wasn't too hard to adjust.  This was a great meal and very successful- not to mention pretty easy.  Here is what I did:

Paleo Sesame Chicken
(serves about 3)
  • 1/4 c raw honey
  • 2 T sesame seeds
  • 2 T tamari sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 T arrowroot powder
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into 2″ chunks
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 c broccoli florets, steamed (on stove or microwave)
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, grated (for "rice")
In a small bowl, combine honey, sesame seeds, tamari sauce, and garlic.  In a large bowl, whisk together egg white and arrowroot powder until it makes a smooth batter.  Season the chicken chunks with salt and pepper, then toss them into the batter mixture and coat evenly.  This will help them get a "fried" texture.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the chicken.  Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the chunks are browned and cooked through.  Turn the heat down to low and add the prepared sauce and green onions.  Toss to combine.  Stir in the broccoli and combine well.

In a separate skillet, heat a splash of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the grated cauliflower and stir around about 3-4 minutes, or until heated through.  Scoop some "rice" onto the plate and serve the chicken over top.
This was really yummy and had a nice texture and tasty sauce.  My husband noted that the broccoli soaked up a lot of sauce and got really flavorful too, which was nice.  Overall, a great meal and an excellent alternative to unhealthy non-Paleo take-out!  Enjoy!

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