I haven’t posted a recipe in a lonnnng time, but this is one you have to try. Easy sesame chicken is a cheaper, relatively healthier version of the Chinese takeout sesame chicken I love.
The blog, Budget Bytes, is fairly new to me, but I have enjoyed every recipe I’ve tried, including this one. My best friend A sent me the link to the easy sesame chicken just 6 weeks ago, and I’ve already made this dish…. 8 times, maybe 9. It’s that good.
A few pointers I’ve learned along the way:
1. Serve this with rice and an Asian inspired slaw. My favorite combination is crunchy iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and shredded carrots. Top with sliced almonds and wonton strips. Make a salad dressing of 1 part rice vinegar, 1 part soy sauce, 1 part toasted sesame oil, 3 parts vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds and a sprinkle of kosher salt. Heavenly.
2. Use kitchen shears to cut your chicken. I use chicken breast because my kids prefer it, and I make the pieces smaller than bite size.
3. Make the sauce ahead of time. When I make this I wash and cut the chicken first thing in the morning. Then I make the sauce and put both in the fridge until dinnertime. The dish comes together in less than 20 minutes if you’ve prepped those steps. At dinnertime, I make the salad while the chicken is cooking, since the sauce is already done.
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do. Here’s the full recipe: Budget Bytes Easy Sesame Chicken
We are so happy to introduce Valentina to you!
She was born 2.5 weeks ago, but even with lots of great help I haven’t had the chance (or even remembered) to come here and let you know!
Here’s my birth story.
And here are some photos of both Valentina and the whole family, all taken by the lovely Rachel Pearlman.
We are so happy.
The two big kids are adjusting really well, and aside from a few expected discipline issues they have been so good. They LOVE their baby sister, maybe a little too much. They both hug her and kiss her and squeeze her cheeks all the time, and they bring things to show her. Raffi was so excited she “watched” him at soccer camp, and Ali loves sing-screaming her favorite songs to her.
PS- For those who have been holding their breath, she was born with blue eyes! I hope they stay. We only have to wait a year to find out…