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Take-out, at home!

After this crazy December full of parties, relaxation and not-so-healthy eating, we found ourselves craving Chinese food more than anything. Not surprising, since Chinese takeout is so readily available and we’ve been indulging so often (fully aware their sauces are often flour-thickened and sweetened. No shame.)

As always, we tried our hand at replicating the dish and were pleasantly surprised with the turnout. We knew we could whip up some low carb Chinese food! Before we got started, we knew we had to get a key ingredient – toasted sesame seed oil. We finally got a small bottle of it and tested it out on our yummy Cashew Beef Thai Stir Fry recipe. It gave the dish the distinct flavor we were looking for so we decided to take it out for another spin in this low carb sesame chicken recipe.

We used toasted sesame seed oil to both flavor the sauce and fry the chicken. This maximized the toasted sesame flavor. To the sauce, we added arrowroot powder, a paleo friendly thickener we bought on Amazon, instead of xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is great, but doesn’t add enough volume to certain recipes since you only need so much (usually, ½ teaspoon is plenty!). Arrowroot powder is not inherently low carb, but it is minimally processed and you really don’t need much to thicken things up.

In this sesame chicken recipe, we used a tablespoon of arrowroot powder combined with a beaten egg to mimic that soft battered texture of Chinese sesame chicken. This texture was also important since the sesame sauce wouldn’t stick to a naked chicken thigh so easily.

How to make sesame chicken!

Sesame chicken recipe
Low Carb Sesame Chicken
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Macros per serving:
• 520 Calories
• 36g of Fat
• 45g of Protein
• 4g of Net Carbs
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 servings 15 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 servings 15 minutes 15 minutes
Sesame chicken recipe
Low Carb Sesame Chicken
Votes: 75
Rating: 4.4
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Macros per serving:
• 520 Calories
• 36g of Fat
• 45g of Protein
• 4g of Net Carbs
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 servings 15 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 servings 15 minutes 15 minutes
Servings: servings
Ingredients
Coating & Chicken
Sesame Sauce
Instructions
  1. To make your batter, combine a large egg with a tablespoon of arrowroot powder.
    batter
  2. Whisk very well and place your bite sized chicken thigh pieces in. Make sure to coat them all over.
    soak chicken
  3. Heat up a tablespoon of toasted sesame seed oil in a large pan and add the chicken thighs. Leave a bit of room in between each one. Work in two batches if necessary; you want them to fry, not steam. Make sure you're gentle when moving and flipping the chicken. If you're too rough, the breading will come off and the sesame sauce won't stick well.
    cook chicken
  4. While the chicken thighs are cooking (about 10 minutes), make your sesame sauce by combing all the sauce ingredients and whisking very well.
    make sauce
  5. When all the chicken is cooked through, add your sesame sauce to the pan and stir to combine. Let this cook for an additional 5 minutes.
    add sauce
  6. When the sauce has thickened and warmed up, take the chicken and add it to a bed of cooked broccoli and serve with a sprinkle of more sesame seeds and green onion. Enjoy!
    sesame chicken 2
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