Jana’s Easy Sesame Chicken – Easy to Prepare & Made with Local...

Jana’s Easy Sesame Chicken – Easy to Prepare & Made with Local Ingredients

In a busy household, quick mid-week dinners are a necessity. It’s sometimes hard to find recipes that are easy to prepare, reasonably healthy, and made with local ingredients. So when I prepare something that all 4 of my kids will eat without complaint (and maybe even ask for seconds), then I consider it a win. My easy sesame chicken recipe is one of those winning meals. Here’s my recipe including some of my favorite local ingredients:

Sesame Chicken - Image Source: © SunnyS - Fotolia.comJana’s Easy Sesame Chicken

  • Olive oil, 1 tbsp
  • Garlic, 3 cloves, minced
  • Misty Knoll boneless chicken breast, 1 pound, cut into ½” cubes
  • Low-sodium soy sauce, ¼ cup
  • Honey Gardens Orange Blossom Raw Honey, 2 tbsp (any honey, raw or heated honey will work)
  • Chili powder, 1 tsp
  • Sesame oil, 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds, toasted, 1 tbsp

Heat olive oil on medium heat in a sauté pan. Add minced garlic and brown. Add chicken, sauté until chicken is almost cooked through. Stir in soy sauce, honey, and chili powder and simmer until sauce thickens. Add sesame oil and simmer for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Toss with sesame seeds.

I usually serve the sesame chicken over rice and with some sort of green vegetable on the side, but what you do with it is up to you. My kids like heat, so if your kids don’t like spicy food, you can easily cut the amount of chili powder or eliminate it all together.

Looking for a wine pairing suggestion? Barefoot Cellars Moscato is one of my favorite pairing choices with this meal. This crisp, fresh, and fruity wine complements the spice of this dish nicely.

I hope this meal is as big a hit in your household as it is in mine.


Jana is a busy mother of four and a was a Vermonter for 15 years. She and her family recently moved to Portland, Oregon. By day, she is a marketing & communications professional by day and by night the Thirsty Girl Chapter Head. Having previously trained as a journalist, Jana is wine lover and blogger (merlotmommy.com), offering wine and food reviews primarily of local flair. When traveling, Jana seeks out wine bars and eclectic places to enjoy a drink (and if karaoke is involved, then that's a win-win). She believes in the Thirsty Girl motto, “Life. Drink it Up!” Jana is also a photographer and designer (janaseitzer.com), where she shares her love of imagery with others. Her work has been featured in newspapers, magazines, and on corporate and individual websites. She enjoys watching Mad Men, writing, crafting, singing, and spending time with her husband and children.


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