Sesame Chicken with Quinoa

July 25, 2013 by Ali

You will love this lighter Sesame Chicken with Quinoa recipe — just a simple saute served over flavorful quinoa.

Healthier Sesame Chicken Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

I have learned this year that any sort of conferences or events that food bloggers attend are a pretty much guaranteed 24/7 gourmet food fest. I’m totally not exaggerating. I’m now about three days into my time in Chicago and already — I’m stuffed!!! And there are still four full days to go! :)

At least I can find a little comfort in the fact that I planned ahead this time and head a pretty healthy week of meals before I left Kansas City. And this Sesame Chicken with Quinoa was definitely one of the highlights! (And yes, that’s the quinioa from my How To Cook Quinoa post. If you’re new to cooking this grain, be sure to check out the step-by-step tutorial for how to whip up a quick and easy batch!)

Healthier Sesame Chicken Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

I know that people tend to go bonkers over a good sesame chicken dish. I definitely love that sweet and sesame-y sauce. But I have to be honest — the heavy deep-fried batter has never really been my thing.

So for a “lighter” sesame chicken, I decided to simply saute some chicken breasts and then serve them with a healthier sauce that has been sweetened with honey. And then instead of brown or white rice, I served it over some yummy quinoa.

And people!!! The result was so good!

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but I have to say that I think I loved this one even more than the original. It was full of flavor, simple to make, not overly sweet, and definitely not deep-fried. I would probably typically throw in a few more veggies into the saute, but for a classic sesame chicken recipe, I just served this with some fresh green onions from my CSA.

Definitely a dish I can feel much better about enjoying…and even having seconds. ;)

Hope you all enjoy it!

Lighter Sesame Chicken with Quinoa | gimmesomeoven.com

Sesame Chicken with Quinoa

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2-4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • Quinoa Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Method

To Make The Lighter Sesame Chicken:

Season chicken breasts generously on both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute for about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through.

While chicken is cooking, whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch until combined. When the chicken is cooked through, add the green onions and soy sauce mixture to the pan and stir immediately to coat the chicken. The sauce will thicken quickly. Stir in sesame oil, then remove from heat and serve over cooked quinoa (instructions below), sprinkled with sesame seeds.

To Make The Quinoa:

You can see my step-by-step photo tutorial for how to cook quinoa here

Healthier Sesame Chicken Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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36 thoughts on “Sesame Chicken with Quinoa

  1. Made this tonight and it was awesome! So much better than take out, and healthier. I just realized I forgot the sesame oil and it was still delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

    - Marianne

  2. Is Quinoa gluten free

    - Angela

  3. This came out great. Didn’t quite read the entire recipe so I cooked it in the sesame oil as we’ll. still came out amazing.

    - Smyles

  4. Made this tonight and it was so good! I used coconut oil instead of olive oil and raw organic honey instead of regular honey.

    - Tina

  5. I love the idea of substituting the quinoa for the rice!

    - Lori @ RecipeGirl

  6. Made this tonight and I loved that it was easy and delicious. My family wanted more sauce so next time I’ll double or triple depending on the amount of chicken.

    - Janet Beasley

  7. Made this tonight & added some steamed veggies, absolutely delicious! Definitely will make again!

    - Bricheez

  8. This was so easy to make and equally delicious! I’ll definitely be making it again and again.

    - Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

  9. This looks mouthwatering, my husband would just love this dish :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  10. Oh Ali, this dish is perfection. I adore sesame chicken! I always come to you when I want some lighter fare for dinner. Have fun in Chicago! I’m going there next month. I love it!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  11. Wow, this looks really yummy! Ill be sure to try it! I love the photos also, i am trying to take photos like that for my baking blog! :)

    - siobhan

  12. Looks DELISH and healthy. I would love to attend one of these bloggers event..looking forward for something in SF. Have fun

    - Ash- foodfashionparty

  13. This looks yummy! I love sesame, and that you substituted quinoa for the rice.

    - Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare

  14. I love sesame chicken, but I always wish it was a little lighter (and that there were a lot more veggies!) I can’t wait to try this! Enjoy eating your way through Chicago!

    - Courtney @ Neighborfood

  15. Love this sesame chicken, looks so good!

    - Angie

  16. Oooh, this looks so good, Ali! It’s going on my menu next week!

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

  17. This looks like exactly what I want to make on a weeknight! Lovely dish!

    - DessertForTwo

  18. This is right up my alley!!! Wish I was stuffing my face with you in Chicago!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  19. Yes please, this looks fabulous!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  20. So fresh, easy and pretty! I love this! Have fun in Chicago!

    - Tieghan

  21. I absolutely love this idea, Ali – I seriously wish I’d had the ingredients on hand to make it for dinner tonight! The photos are gorgeous too.

    - Tracey

  22. Looks tasty! When does the sesame oil go in? Does it go in the sauce mixture or is it what the sesame seeds are tossed in prior to going on the chicken? Just checking. Hope I didn’t miss it!

    - Karen G

  23. I love this! Sesame chicken is one of my go-to orders, so I’d LOVE to make a lighter version at home!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  24. I’m excited to try this recipe this week. It looks simple, easy, and delicious! Thanks for the quinoa tips!

    - Joy with Mom it Forward

  25. So simple but so delicious!

    - Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

  26. I love this! The fried version has never been my thing either. Have fun in Chicago! Wish I was there :)

    - Des @ Life's Ambrosia

  27. I LOVE everything sesame related. I am thinking that I should try making this with either seitan or tempeh to make a vegetarian version.

    - Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

  28. I love absolutely everything about this. My favorite flavors!

    - cassie

  29. The fried chicken in sesame chicken has never really appealed to me, either, but your sauteed version look fantastic! I hope you’re having a great time in Chicago.

    - Cookin Canuck