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Recipe: Sesame Chicken Bowl

Try this healthier take on a classic takeout dish next time you're craving Chinese!
Recipe: Sesame Chicken Bowl

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This recipe is the kind of thing that's perfect for using up all the bits and bobs in your fridge—a handful of greens, a scoop of leftover rice or quinoa, some chicken from the freezer, all tied together with a delicious sauce of tahini, soy sauce, and honey. Adding the cooked grains to the pan with the chicken and the sauce results in tasty little caramelized bits all throughout the dish. Feel free to switch up the protein or add different veggies to the mix—this recipe is just a blueprint for a delicious, healthy meal!

Serves 2

What You'll Need: 

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce, divided in half
  • 3 tablespoons tahini, divided in half
  • 3 tablespoons honey, divided in half
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken tenders
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 cups dark leafy greens, such as spinach, chinese broccoli, or kale
  • 1 cup cooked whole grains, such as rice or quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

What to Do: 

  1. In a small bowl, mix together half of the soy sauce, half of the tahini, half of the honey, and the sesame oil until evenly combined. Pour over chicken and let marinate for 10 minutes (while you prepare the other ingredients).
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. While the water is boiling, wash, trim, and roughly chop the greens.
  4. Add greens to the boiling water and cook for 1-2 minutes, just until bright green. Drain and run under cold water to stop cooking. Set aside.
  5. Heat the canola oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes, just until fragrant.
  6. Add chicken and marinade to pan. Cook chicken for 2 minutes on each side, or until it's cooked all the way through (check the largest piece to make sure there's no pink in the middle).
  7. Once chicken is cooked, add the rice (or whatever you're using as a grain) and stir to coat with the sauce.
  8. Cook for 1-2 minutes until rice is sticky and caramelized in some places. Remove from heat and stir the greens into the rice and chicken.
  9. Whisk together the remaining soy sauce, tahini, and honey. Drizzle over the top of the chicken-rice-greens mixture. Serve hot.

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