Recipe: Honey Sesame Chicken

Honey Sesame Chicken
Ever since I’ve started looking into Epcot recipes, this one from Nine Dragons has really caught my eye! Sesame chicken is my favorite Chinese dish so I was excited to make it (even though I knew it wouldn’t be easy).

10 to 12 ounces chicken breasts, cut into cubes
Oil for frying

1 tsp chicken base (not bouillon; base is a pastelike mixture available in gourmet or larger supermarkets)
Dash of white pepper
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
½ tsp cooking wine
½ tsp sesame oil

Toasted white sesame seeds
Chopped green onions

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
1 heaping tsp baking powder
½ of a beaten egg
2 tbsp oil
2/3 cup water
Pinch of salt

Honey Sauce:
1/8 cup, plus 1 tbsp honey
¼ cup sugar
1/8 cup ketchup
1 tbsp white vinegar

Step 1:  Combine chicken base, white pepper, cooking wine, sesame oil, salt to taste, and sugar to taste. Let chicken soak in marinade for 30 minutes.
Marinating Chicken

Step 2:  While the chicken is marinating, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, egg, oil, water, and salt. Set aside.
Preparing the Batter

Step 3: Combine honey, sugar, ketchup, and vinegar. Set aside.
Mixing Honey Sesame Sauce

Step 4: Heat cooking cooking oil to about 320 degrees.

Step 5: Once the chicken has marinated for 30 minutes, use tongs to dip chicken into batter and deep fry.
Battering Chicken

Frying Chicken

Step 6: Heat honey sauce in large wok. Turn off heat and add chicken to coat. Stir in green onions and sesame seeds.
Mixing Chicken in Sauce

While this recipe wasn’t simple, it wasn’t as difficult as I had expected. Yes, deep frying is a little scary but it paid off in the end because this tasted JUST like what you’d get at Nine Dragons! If you are looking for a good Chinese recipe and you are a little adventurous, try this, you won’t be disappointed!

While the recipe said it serves four, it was really only about one serving at a Chinese restaurant. We ended up full, but we had a salad and rice with it. If you want this to feed more than two, you will definitely need more chicken and sauce, there was plenty batter for a double batch.

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One Response to Recipe: Honey Sesame Chicken

  1. Dennis Brown says:

    Now I could eat this, three meals a day. Nine Dragons is on my “Must Do” list for the next trip.

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