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Lighter Sesame Chicken

Recipe photo courtesy of Anna Williams

Say "open sesame" to a Chinese-restaurant classic that's no longer a guilty pleasure. This chicken is sauteed in a little oil instead of deep fried. The less-sweet sauce has fewer calories than a standard recipe, and, nutritionally, brown rice beats white.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2007
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  • runmute
    11 JAN, 2014
    NICE life insurance rate
  • eater of worlds
    23 OCT, 2013
    this recipe is absolute shit I've halved the honey, doubled the sesame, and it was still inedibly sweet. The sweetness isn't a problem, ok, i don't like sweet, but i still couldn't detect a hint of sesame. This is just another copy/pasted recipe, without being actually sampled first. Bad, bad, bad.
  • lisakow
    24 JAN, 2013
    A fabulous, delicous and healthy meal BUT I double the sauce recipe because I found it too dry otherwise.
  • ccherd
    22 MAR, 2012
    Have made this recipe numerous times for, of all people, piles of teenagers. Not only do they love it, some of them request it if they will be over at dinner time. Easy to make, great flavors and also reheats well.
  • katiecooper
    8 DEC, 2011
    Yes, very good indeed. Just made this last night and substituted flour for cornstarch and the chicken turned out fabulous. Also added red pepper flake for a spicy kick. Next time I will make a little more sauce.
  • kelseypage
    10 OCT, 2011
    This is great, I liked the sauce. I will definitely make this again!
  • Kb2121
    4 OCT, 2011
    Would make extra dipping sauce next time.
  • Kb2121
    4 OCT, 2011
    Lived in Malaysia for five years - great recipe says the family!
  • scooper212
    3 OCT, 2011
    OMG, I just tried that busy day chocolate cake and now this. Martha and her team are blowing my mind away with these quick recipes. Super easy to make and it doesn't require too much time. If you like "lighter" Asian fare, this is the recipe for you. Even my German boyfriend (who has a cold) liked it! That's saying something!
  • jessicas20
    1 JUN, 2011
    We're going to try this tonight! Does anyone by any chance know the calories in this recipe? We're trying to watch our weight here!

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