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Sesame Chicken

Asia, Central: Chinese

This dish is prepared for special occasions such as wedding and birthdays. But it is also used for dinner on a regular basis in our culture.


* 3 whole boneless chicken breasts

* 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon cooking wine or dry sherry
* a few drops of sesame oil
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch
* 2 tablespoons water
* 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Sauce for Sesame Chicken:
* 1/2 cup water
* 1 cup chicken broth
* 1/8 cup vinegar
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 1 cup sugar
* 2 TB dark soy sauce
* 2 TB sesame oil
* 1 tsp chili paste, or more if desired
* 1 clove garlic (minced)
* 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
* 3 1/2 - 4 cups peanut oil for deep-frying.


Toast the sesame seeds and set aside.

Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Mix the marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken for 20 minutes.

To prepare the sauce: mix together all of the sauce ingredients. Pour them into a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.

Turn the heat down to low and keep warm while you are deep-frying the chicken.

Turn the heat down to low and keep warm while you are deep-frying the chicken.

To deep-fry the chicken: add the marinated chicken pieces a few at a time, and deep-fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remainder of the chicken.

Just before you are finished deep-frying, bring the sauce back up to a boil.

Place the chicken on a large platter and pour the sauce over. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve the Sesame Chicken with rice.

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