Thursday, April 8, 2010

devilish sesame chicken with green beans and scallion rice ...

I first made this recipe about a year and a half ago, after finding it on Rachael Ray's web site and it's since become a staple at our house. Super easy to make and really really tasty. I love the chicken stock flavored rice tossed with green onions.

"Hot sauce makes this recipe devilish and honey gives it a bit of sweetness. Why order takeout when you can make this Chinese-inspired dish at home?!"

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 cup white rice
2 cups chicken stock, divided
1/2 pound green beans
1 pound chicken breast, chicken cutlets or chicken tenders, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons Tamari (dark soy sauce)
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil, one turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the rice; toast, stirring, for a minute or two. Add 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, lower the heat, cover and simmer until tender, about 17 minutes.
  2. In a medium size skillet, bring 1 inch of water to a boil, salt it, add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes; drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, two turns of the pan, over high heat until rippling. Add the chicken and cook until golden, 3-4 minutes. Add the red bell pepper and cook until just softened, 3 minutes. Add the green beans and cook, tossing, for 1 minute.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the Tamari, honey, hot sauce, mustard and remaining 1/2 cup chicken stock. Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables; toss. (I've found that it works best to let the sauce simmer and reduce down for optimal flavor.)
  5. Drizzle the sesame oil over the chicken.
  6. Stir the scallions into the rice and fluff with a fork. Serve the chicken over the rice and top with the sesame seeds. Cover to keep warm.


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