So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday's Menu

Last week, I had intentions of posting a little more frequently. I even congratulated myself for starting off on Monday. And then, suddenly, it was the weekend and the only post I had put up was that single Monday one. It is definitely a busy month for us.

In South Carolina, I worked at one or two evenings at Blockbuster. I mostly took something with me for my dinner but on occasion we would grab something from the local businesses. One lady in particular used to get a pretty regular craving for Chinese food. That was ok with me since Chinese is my favorite.

My meal of choice from the takeout place was Sesame Chicken. I happened upon this recipe in one of my magazines (All You) and decided to give it a try. We all ate it up. It was very good and tasted a lot like what came in that Styrofoam container.

 I was afraid if I waited to make it all pretty on a plate next to the steamed broccoli and rice, I might not get a picture at all so here it is in the skillet. Sorry.

The original called for using cutlets but I wanted to make it more like what I used to order, so I cut the chicken into strips/chunks. It was just as the note on the picture exclaimed, "Quick and Easy" too.

Sesame Chicken

2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup honey
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips or chunks
1/2 cup flour
2-4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped

Toast sesame seeds in small, dry skillet stirring frequently, until golden brown.

In a small bowl, mix honey, soy sauce, ketchup, and sesame oil.

Place flour in a bowl with a lid or zip lock bag. Add chicken pieces, close lid, and shake until chicken is coated. Warm 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil in skillet. Begin cooking chicken pieces (removing them one at a time and shaking off excess flour) in oil until done, adding remaining oil if needed. Transfer chicken to a plate.

Add garlic to skillet and cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. Stir in honey mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add chicken turning to coat in sauce (add a Tablespoon of water if too thick). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

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