Sesame Chicken


Despite the name, this is not a how-to for your favorite Chinese takeout. Not to worry, I am not trying to put the Golden Dragon Buffet out of business. Love that stuff! This is actually a super healthy stir fry with “hidden” veggie power.

This recipe is the perfect Mission Impossible disguise to sneak Brussels sprouts into the diet of the pickiest of eaters. If you are a Brussels hater then this is the ideal recipe to change your mind. The seasoning and sauce makes the taste so good, even the pickiest of eaters won’t realize they are scarfing leafy greens. I know someone who ate this meal on five separate occasions before they even realized it had Brussels sprouts.

Don’t worry, skeptical Brussels sprouts haters, the picture is not to scale. I zoomed in so you could see the detail. Brussels are smaller than they appear!

Give it a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It certainly made a convert out of me. And who knows, Brussels sprouts may just become to you what spinach was to Popeye!

Sesame Chicken

1 pound skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 tablespoon Simply Organic seasoning (mixture consists of sea salt, mustard, celery seed, garlic, onion, Chile peppers, and black pepper)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups Brussels sprouts (fresh please, this is not the time to go frozen!)
1 cup cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons dried basil
3 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Rinse the chicken and cut it into 1 inch pieces.

Chop up the red onion and halve the cherry tomatoes.

Brown the chicken in a large skillet with the sesame oil, onion, seasoning, and garlic. Lower the heat to medium until chicken is cooked through. Turn the heat to low.

As the chicken is browning, steam the Brussels sprouts in the microwave for five minutes. To steam simply put the veggies in a bowl with about 1/4 cup of water and cover with plastic wrap.

After the five minutes are over, carefully remove the Brussels from the bowl and onto the cutting board. Be very careful. Many the naive first time Brussels chef (okay, mostly me) have not respected the power of the steam and ended up with a burn.

Wait 1-2 minutes for the Brussels to cool enough to touch. Then trim and quarter the little beauties.

Add Brussels, tomatoes, and basil to the skillet.

Turn the heat back up to medium and stir-fry everything for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are cooked to the desired consistency.

Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and voila! Serve with the side dish of your choice. Rice is always an excellent option! To amp up the veggie power, add some sliced zucchini.

Post and Photo by Alex Castanon.