The evening sky after we get home from work is staying lighter longer. You know what that means? The perfect opportunity to get out and take a walk! The view from inside looked almost Spring like, however looks were a bit deceiving and it was still rather cold out. That darn groundhog! After the initial miserable shock to my bones, I was still really happy to finally get outside again. Ohhhhh how I have been longing to get out in the evenings again and thaw these bones. (This coming from the lady who posted she wanted state of emergency snow only a few short weeks ago).
Keeping on the topic of lighter, tonight we cooked up a lighter and much healthier version of take out sesame chicken and broccoli. We relied on a good ol’ Martha Stewart recipe and slightly adapted it to share with all of you. Remember, use what you have on hand. Don’t be afraid to get creative, if you don’t have brown rice or multigrain, go with quinoa!
Lighter Sesame Chicken & Broccoli
Recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart
2 Cups (흑미 찹쌀) heukmi chapssal, AKA Korean multigrain rice
3 Tablespoon clover honey
2 Tablespoon sesame seeds
2 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Garlic clove, crushed with a garlic press
2 Large egg whites
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 Teaspoon of ground pepper
1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons safflower oil
1 Medium yellow onion, sliced thin
2 Pounds broccoli, cut into large florets
Cook rice according. Sorry guys, we cheat and use our Korean rice cooker.
While rice is cooking, make sauce: In a small bowl, combine honey, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and garlic; set aside. In separate bowl, whisk egg whites and cornstarch together. Toss in raw chicken and coat; season with ground pepper.
In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 Tablespoon of your oil over medium-high heat. Next add in coated chicken turning occasionally, until golden throughout. Once cooked, add in the sauce you’ve set aside and chopped onion, and toss to coat chicken again.
Last, steam broccoli to your liking. We prefer slightly undercooked and crispy. Once done plate rice, topped with chicken and broccoli.