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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 299.8
  • Total Fat: 17.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 70.2 mg
  • Sodium: 738.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 7.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 28.2 g

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Sesame Chicken

Submitted by: PISCESWOMAN87
Sesame Chicken

Introduction

This sesame chicken recipe is a slimmed-down and healthier version of the sesame chicken from PF Chang's and other Chinese restaurants.

This sesame chicken recipe is a slimmed-down and healthier version of the sesame chicken from PF Chang's and other Chinese restaurants.


Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 pound (16 ounces) boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized chunks.
    3 Tbsp soy sauce
    3 Tbsp olive oil
    2 Tbsp raw cane sugar
    1 tsp honey
    1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 cup white, untoasted sesame seeds
    liberal pinches of black pepper, ground ginger and ground cinnamon

Directions

I love the sesame chicken you can find at many American Chinese restaurants, such as P.F. Chang's. Sadly, it doesn't love me, so I decided I would make a version that isn't battered and deep fried. This version is baked, so it isn't exactly like the kind from the restaurants. But, I think it's a good substitute for when you're really craving some sesame chicken!

Feel free to add some veggies. Broccoli would be good in this, I'm sure. I'll try it next time I make this. I just didn't have any on hand this time. I need to go shopping soon!
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Combine all ingredients except chicken in a bowl.

Add chicken, mix together well so the chicken is thoroughly coated in the marinade, cover and let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours or so.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Arrange chicken on a cookie sheet, and pour liquid on top of it.

Bake in oven for 5 minutes, flip chicken pieces with a spatula, and bake for another 5 minutes, or until done.

Serve with brown rice (not included in the Nutritional Info, because everybody likes different amounts of rice, or some might even not want rice at all.)

Makes 4 4-oz servings.







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  • Incredible!
    59 of 60 people found this review helpful
    This was great - loved it - I left out the sugar using only honey - added chili flakes for a kick and half sesame oil half olive oil and about a TBS Teriaki sauce. Turned out great over rice. - 11/5/09

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  • 43 of 43 people found this review helpful
    Scrumptious! I have made this numerous time and use only 1 tablespoon of olive oil. - 11/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    42 of 43 people found this review helpful
    This was great, we baked the chicken but left the sauce out, we then added 1tsp cornstarch/1tsp water to a sauce pan and made a thicker sauce. we then added the chicken back in and ate it over rice! Incredible - 4/4/10

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  • Incredible!
    39 of 41 people found this review helpful
    this was EXCELLENT!!!! I did as others suggested, tossed chicken in flour then stir fried in 1 tbsp. hot oil. Brought sauce to boil in separate pot then added 1tsp cornstarch/1tsp water to thicken, added to cooked chicken. Used only 1 tbsp oil in sauce 1/2 toasted sesame/1/2 olive oil. YUM!! THANX! - 12/2/10

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  • Incredible!
    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
    Made this tonight and OMG it's gooooooooooood! Even my DH loved it, and trust me, he likes his chicken fried! This may be the turning point that I needed for him! The touch of corn starch was a good hint, but I think it would work with or without it. - 11/3/09

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  • Good
    19 of 35 people found this review helpful
    For me a big part of seasme chicken is the breading, not just the sauce I think it might be better if you coated the chicken pieces in whole whaet flour and then fried with the olive oil and made the sauce seperate, that would get a truer to seasme chicken texture, and wouldn't add too many cals - 11/3/09

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  • Very Good
    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    Next time I would lose the cinnamon...it gave it more of a curry kind of flavor. I added red pepper flakes to give it a general tso's kind of flare and it was delish. I will definitely make this again. The whole family enjoyed it! - 1/16/10

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Made some minor changes but this turned out AWESOME! I used Lesser Sodium Soy Sauce, decreased OliveOil to 1 tbsp, used brown sugar, 1/8 c. sesame seeds, juice from small, freshly sqzed orange. To cut total time, sauteed chicken in Olv.Oil then added other ingr. and simmered to reduce and thicken. - 1/9/11

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Loved it!!!!! Used brown sugar and it was perfect! Will make again! used only 1/8th a cup of sesame seeds and it was great! - 8/20/10

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 30 people found this review helpful
    This is going in my recipe book for when I start cooking. It sounds absolutely wonderful. Who doesn't like Chinese food and especially PF Chang?? - 10/30/09

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    Too good to be true, I LOVED THIS RECIPE. I'll be making this OFTEN. I didn't have brown sugar on hand, so I used regular sugar and it came out great. Also, I had to cook 7 mins on one side and 13 on the other. Chicken was very tender. Thanks bunches! - 9/16/10

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! I made it tonight and my husband and I loved it. We ate it with stir fry vegetables and rice. Thanks for the great recipie! - 12/4/09

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  • Very Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I served over guilt free stir fry veggies instead of the rice. Worked for me! - 11/24/09

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    WOW! I doubled this recipe and served it with "fried" rice (Kikkom?? seasoning mix). It is unanimously loved by my DH, 15 yr. old, 2- 13 yr. olds, and my 10 year old!!!! It's a miracle! I used less olive oil and replaced honey with Agave Nectar! Thanks, yum yum! - 7/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
    going to fix this one but use low sodium soy sauce - 11/4/09

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  • 8 of 22 people found this review helpful
    great flavor, but 16 gr. fat!!!! That's more than I would consider a "healthy' recipe - 9/21/10

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Delicious!! My husband and I loved it! Had it with stir fry veggies and brown rice too. Will definitely make it again! - 12/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Super yummy! I added pineapple for the last five minutes, and it added a little extra sweetness. Will definitely make this again. - 7/11/10

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Reduced olive oil to 1 tablespoon which cut points by 2 making it a very reasonable number for me, (WW member). - 9/21/10

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely delicious! After reading some of the other comments, I too used half sesame oil, half EVOO in the marinade. Served with brown rice and a side of stir-fry veggies. I will definitely be making this again! - 2/21/10

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  • Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Good recipe. My husband devoured it which makes me happy too. - 1/17/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I plan to make this one tonight but use low sodium soy sauce instead. I may leave out the cinnamin but the rest sounds delish! - 1/1/11

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    just love it - 11/4/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Wonderful! - 11/3/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I cant wait to try this I am going to the store today and get what I need to make it thank you!!! - 12/26/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was a great meal! I added a bit of water to the sauce as it was cooking to have enough to pour over my rice and it was delicious! Mushrooms and broccoli helped round out this meal for us. Thanks! - 1/15/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this tonight and I thought it was perfect! - 11/18/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely loved it. I will try the suggestion of rolling the chicken in wheat flour and cooking in the skillet just to try it but really loved the recipe as is. - 11/18/09

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I will try this one as I like Sesame Chicken. The place I got it at (until they closed) made it with a "bite" to it. I’m not sure what kind of hot sauce or cayenne pepper they added but it made the dish so good compared to the sickly sweet tasting normal sesame chicken at other Chinese restaurants. - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This is amazing! My DH and I LOVED this! - 11/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Tried this just now, absolutely delicious and flavoursome. Like others, I substituted 3 tbsp olive oil to 1/2 tbsp sesame oil and 1/2 tbsp olive oil - 2/27/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Super good! My tweaks: stir fry broccoli, sliced carrot, onion. Stir sauce on stove, add chicken (vs. in oven). When heated, pour over vegetables and rice. I doubled the recipe for lunch leftovers. - 1/28/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This would be great in an Asian style wrap with shredded cabbage on a whole wheat tortilla or a rice wrap, drizzle with a little rice vinegar. Dip either in teriyaki or a peanut sauce. - 1/28/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Very good. I did substitute sesame oil for olive oil - 1/25/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    If you add just a teaspoon of constarch in it will make the chicken much chrispier. - 1/1/13

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I actually marinaded the chicken in the sauce. I left out 1 tbsp of soy sauce and the olive oil completely. I then cooked it on the stove, and made the sauce in a separate pot. I added pineapple and broccoli to the chicken in the last five minutes. IT WAS AMAZING! The chicken was so good! LOVED IT! - 10/6/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds just perfect. - 9/28/12

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    this was ok. I think substituting honey for the sugar would have made the sauce stick to the chicken making it actually look like the picture. I added chili flakes as well as I do with a lot of recipes now days. Just need to thicken up this sauce some how. - 9/22/12

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My daughter recently showed me how to "dry fry" tofu: see http://melissaraydavis.hubpages.com/hub/Ho
    w_to_Cook_Tofu_Like_the_Pros

    I'm going to try this recipe using tofu instead of chicken. I'll let you know how it turns out!
    J - 7/13/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This dish was delicious! I made it using chicken I had previously cooked and cubed, so all I had to do was make the sauce and toss the chicken in it to coat. My husband and I split a single (large) chicken breast, and served it over about 1/2c brown rice, and the amount of sauce was perfect. - 4/19/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    YUMMY! With changes: 1 T olive oil, 1/4 t cayenne pepper, 1 T Island Teriyaki, brown sugar, no seeds, no other ssngs (ginger/pepper/etc), rest same. Marinated then coated in wheat/white flour, wokfried w/PAM. Made more sauce (doubled) separately,added to chick. Tried cornstarch, but too thick. Wow! - 3/13/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I took a taste and immediately I was in love which never happens the first time I try a new recipe. My kids loved and my husband love it (which is amazing all on it's own) I did switch out the Soy Sauce for a lower sodium variety. Still great! - 2/9/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Looks good! - 1/5/11

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Great!!! - 1/4/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    AWESOME! We loved this! Soooo yummy. My husband and I liked this better than the breaded stuff in restaurants. We used less sesame seeds and half the olive oil. Thanks for a great recipe :) - 12/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I'm eating this right now and it's SO GOOD. I left out both the sesame seeds and ginger because I didn't have them on hand, but I will go buy them next time I make this because I think it'll taste even better then. I'm eating it over long grain rice and mixed veggies, yum! - 11/7/10

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  • 1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to try it tonight! Marinating right now! For the sodium issue, Braggs Liquid Amino Acids are a GREAT sub for soy sauce!! 669 mg sodium per T vs. soy sauce 920 mg sodium per T. Tastes exactly the same! Really looking forward to this meal!! - 7/9/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    it was really good, but I think next time we make it we will add some spice to it to make it spicier...such a great easy recipe!! - 7/5/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Made this for dinner tonight! Everyone loved it! I added about a teaspoon of lemon juice to the marinade and just a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Superb! - 6/15/10

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  • OK chicken dish that's fairly quick and easy to make. Had with fried rice listed right beside it on the "popular" list. Came out looking NOTHING like the photo. This is a good dish but bears only the vaguest resemblance to something from a Chinese restaurant. - 7/12/14

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  • This was just ok for me. I wish I had followed the other reviewer's suggestions about tossing it in flour because I found the chicken lacking. Not sure if I'll make it again. - 1/30/14

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  • looks & tastes great - 1/27/14

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  • This is a really great recipe. It's full of flavor, but very light. It is more like a teriyaki chicken, not sesame chicken, though. - 1/21/14

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  • I left the oil out and used Brown sugar - 1/16/14

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  • My family really liked this! I also omitted the sugar and just used more honey. I also didn't use as much sesame seeds because they are so expensive that 1/4 cup would've cost about $10! It took much longer to cook than 5 minutes per side, however. I turned up the oven to 375 and then 400. - 1/8/14

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  • This absolutely incredible. It's so easy too. I can't wait to make it again. - 1/5/14

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  • This was good and my family liked it too, but we agreed it needed some more seasonings to boost the flavor a bit. The next time I make this I'm going to add ginger, increase the garlic powder & honey too. I'll just play around with it till we find the boost in flavor that we want. Give this a try - 1/5/14

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  • Quick and Easy. - 11/2/13

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  • I cook this in a pan on the hob after leaving the chicken in the sauce for around 90 minutes. I add broccoli and whatever else is available sugarnap peas carrots. Serve on brown rice - 10/29/13

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  • DH and I both thought this was delicious. It was easy to make, too, and I will serve it again. Thank you, PISCESWOMAN87! - 9/29/13

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  • I made this last evening to take to a potluck. I followed suggestions from others and dredged the chicken in flour. Doubled the sauce because I layered rice on the bottom of dish, then stir-fried veggies (onions, carrots, broccoli), then chicken. It was a hit! Will do it again-an excellent recipe! - 9/12/13

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  • Sounds Good and worth a try! - 9/9/13

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  • Amazing. Left out the sugar - 8/20/13

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  • This sounds so good. Think I'll try it tonight. - 8/8/13

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  • Found this recipe yesterday when googling for sauces for chicken. My dauighter and I made it last night since I had most of the ingredients on hand. I must say it was a HIT. So tasty and Everyone (my daughter - 22, other daughter - 16, myself and hubby) ate it all!!! - 8/1/13

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  • I just used chicken breasts that were frozen and marinated for 2 hrs. I cooked on 375 for 30 min. Very good. - 7/22/13

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  • Made this yesterday and both hubby and I loved it. WE're both trying to lose 25 - 30 lbs. This will help. Thanks much - 6/2/13

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  • Thankyou for yummy recipe! - 6/1/13

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  • Very tasty... I will make this again. Added a little fresh minced garlic and it is good to go! - 5/30/13

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  • This was super easy and good. Next time we are going to omit the cinnamon as it overpowered the flavors. Planning on adding some sesame oil to give it a sesame flavor. This is such an easy & versatile recipe. - 5/30/13

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  • a - 5/9/13

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  • delicious / I added green onions on top - 4/17/13

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  • My son is picky . He loves this . i make it once a week now. I do double the recipe not the chicken and serve over rice. I used already cooked Tyson chicken cubes. made it much easier - 4/15/13

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  • Gorgeous recipe! I have made this about 4 times now for my family and they love it! I reduced the sugar to 2 teaspoons instead of 2 tablespoons and added extra sesame seeds. Delicious thank you PISCESWOMAN87 - 4/4/13

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  • My kids and I love this recipe. Delicious. I have used many of the suggestions. I used brown sugar instead of cane sugar, 1 Tbsp of olive oil, no cinnamon, use low sodium soy sauce and 1/8 cup of the sesame seeds. We love it over brown rice with some fresh steamed veggies! - 4/2/13

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  • it was awesomeeeeeeee it was even a hit with my oldest son 21yrs old and he is very very picky.. he claimed this as his favorite chicken recipe now LOL Thank you so much! - 3/29/13

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  • Great recipe. Added broccoli, onion, and pineapple stir fried to tender crisp. Tossed the marinated chicken in flour then sautéed the chicken in 1 tbs of sesame oil. Also only added 1 tablespoon of oil to the marinade and added sriricha sauce for some heat. Reduced honey to 1 tbs and no sugar. - 3/24/13

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  • Very good! I made this with jasmine rice. - 3/13/13

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  • Very good
    I did have broccoli with it and I substituted flax seeds instead of sesamie seeds
    I will make again - 3/1/13

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  • i love this recipe. my only change is i use quorn naked cutlets instead of chicken to make it vegetarian. it works really well with them. i love over rice with some steamed broccoli mixed in. yummy yummy. - 2/25/13

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  • This was a great recipe! We served it with some stir-fry veggies and brown rice for a complete meal. Yummy, will definitely make again!! - 2/24/13

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  • Really Good! Will be making this again. - 2/24/13

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  • So good! I cooked and added 2 cups broccoli, 1 cup green pepper, and 1 cup shredded carrots and it was the perfect amount of veggies with the chicken. - 2/24/13

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  • Yay! Perfect taste and super easy to make! - 2/18/13

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  • Really good! It's such a nice change from all the Mexican and Mediterranean based chicken recipes I have been using. - 2/16/13

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  • I will make this again! Very tasty and easy to bake. After marinating the chicken, I froze it until later in the week. It turned out great in the oven. - 2/14/13

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  • I want more. - 2/12/13

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  • I LKE THIS RECIPE AND PLAN ON TRYING THIS . - 2/9/13

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  • Delicious and so easy! I cooked the marinated chicken without the sauce and then cooked the sauce in a saucepan with a small amount of cornstarch to thicken - then tossed it all together at the end adding in the juice from the cookie sheet that the chicken cooked in. Only used half of the oil.. YUM! - 2/4/13

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  • Good recipe! I didn't soak it, instead cooked chicken on a skillet with 1 T veg oil & 1 T sesame oil. added 2 tsp corn starch & squeezed half an orange's juice into it, also replaced the sugar with brown sugar, and 2T soy sauce, made egg drop soup with it, rice, and broccoli, will make again - 1/31/13

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  • Could I use flax seeds instead of sesame? - 1/28/13

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  • This is an easy and yummy meal. It is a favorite in my house. I add a head of broccoli to this! - 1/28/13

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  • You lost me at 130 minutes prep time - 1/28/13

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  • Anybody have any lower sodium suggestions for soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, etc? It's disappointing to have to limit myself on Asian foods because the sauces are so high in sodium. - 1/28/13

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  • This sounds so good! I definitely want to try making this! - 1/28/13

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  • I will try this because I like sesame chicken. - 1/28/13

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  • looks delicious! I am going to have to try this! - 1/28/13

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  • if you use an alternative meat chicken, like quorm, it is even less calories..taste is the same - 1/28/13

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  • Simple, fast, filling. Amazing. :) - 1/26/13

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