Friday, September 30, 2011

Honey Sesame Chicken

My sister is a cast member at Disney World in Orlando.  This means at Christmas time the family gets loaded up with sweet Disney swag.  She got me this great cookbook a few years ago.  This is yet another example of me not using my cookbooks to their full potential.

I've been eying this recipe since I got the book.  This was a little time intensive but not really hard and it tasted great.  The batter is what made this to me.  It was a really light batter, which made really crispy chicken pieces.

Honey Sesame Chicken:
(Nine Dragons Restaurant Recipe- Cooking With Mickey and the Disney Chefs)

¾ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½ inch by 2 inch strips

Salt, to taste
Sugar, to taste
½ c. water
½ c. cooking wine
2 tsp. sesame oil

Marinate the chicken; stir the marinade ingredients together in a medium bowl, add chicken and toss gently to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.

¾ c. all-purpose flour
¼ c. cornstarch
1 heaping tbs. baking powder
1 egg white, beaten
2/3 c. water
2 tbs. oil
Pinch of salt

Mix together the flour, cornstarch and baking powder, then add the egg white, water and oil.  Put mixture aside for 30 minutes. Make the Honey Sauce white the batter is resting.

Pour enough oil into a 2-quart saucepan to come to a depth of 2 inches. Heat over med-high heat to 320 F.
Place chicken pieces into batter mixture and coat. Using tongs or chopsticks, drop the chicken into hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.  Serve immediately with Honey Sauce.

Honey Sauce:
3 tbs. honey
¼ c. sugar
2 tbs. ketchup
1 tbs. white vinegar
Pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and set aside for the use chicken has been prepared.

After chicken is fried, heat Honey Sauce mixture in a clean frying pan over med-high heat. Stir until mixture bubbles.  Mix chicken pieces into sauce with a spatula.  Place on serving dish and serve immediately.  Sprinkle with chopped green onions and toasted white sesame seeds.

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