Looking for a delicious + healthy dinner? Try this Healthy Sesame Chicken Recipe! Packed with protein, low in carbs, and gluten free – it’s simple to make and way better than takeout! This post is sponsored by Village Harvest but all opinions are my own.
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Who doesn’t love takeout? I mean.. it’s kinda the best invention ever. You don’t have to cook, the food tastes aaaa-mazing, many places will deliver it… win, win, win in my book. The only thing is…about 15 minutes after eating it.. I sit at my couch (likely watching Netflix with Ty, if we’re being real here) and say ‘Why did we do that.’ I know my stomach is more sensitive than others, but I think we can all agree that you almost always get a wave of ‘Ugh, yuck’ when takeout food hits your stomach. That’s why I came up with this Healthy Sesame Chicken Recipe!
Now, I want to be perfectly clear and say that while takeout often leaves me feeling gross, I still order it from time to time. It is 100% delicious, and even though I don’t know what they heck I make it with – I still love it! If we’re being real though, I just would rather try to make a healthier version on those nights where I do have the time to spare with cooking so that I can feel good about my dinner choice + my stomach can be happy. This Healthy Sesame Chicken recipe only takes 25 minutes start to finish.. and you know that you’d be waiting that long for delivery anyways!
There are a few tricks to getting this delish dinner on the table quickly. I always try to be as efficient with my time in the kitchen as I can be, so I always get my ingredients out ahead of time. Having everything on the counter will make it super simple to grab everything you need while you’re cooking.
The main game changer in saving time with this recipe is Village Harvest’s Organic Jasmine Rice. It’s ready in 90 seconds! All you have to do is tear the bag open and microwave.. doesn’t get much simpler than that! I love their rice because it only has 3 ingredients: water, rice + rice bran oil, AND it’s organic, non-gmo, and free of allergens which makes it the perfect pantry staple! It’s also made from Thai Hom Mali Jasmine Rice, which is an authentic, traditional rice grown only in Thailand. It is the most prestigious variety of rice in the world! So many convenience products like this have questionable ingredients, this offers convenience without compromise, which we love.
Another way to save time while making this recipe is whisking the ingredients for the sauce together + putting everything away while the chicken cooks. There are only a few ingredients in the sauce, and it only needs about 5 minutes to come together over the stove. It’s that delish, thick, sticky sauce that you know and love from your favorite takeout place.. but it has super clean + delicious ingredients!
I think you’re going to love this easy meal, and I know it’s going to make you think twice about calling your favorite takeout place on Friday night when you’re tired and don’t feel like cooking! Here’s the recipe.
Healthy Sesame Chicken
Looking for a delicious + healthy dinner? Try this Healthy Sesame Chicken Recipe! Packed with protein, low in carbs, and gluten free - it's simple to make and way better than takeout!
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 package Village Harvest Organic Jasmine Rice
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 cups steamed green beans
For the Sauce:
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tbsp garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- zest + juice of one lime
- sesame seeds for garnish
In a pan, heat toasted avocado oil. Sauté chicken until browned on all sides, approximately 10-15 minutes.
While chicken is cooking, whisk together the sauce.
Once chicken is cooked, remove from the pan + set aside. Pour sauce mixture into the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until it starts to bubble, stirring consistently. The will thicken quickly, but be careful to watch that it doesn't burn.
Add cooked chicken back into the pan and coat in sauce. Place Village Harvest Organic Jasmine Rice in microwave + cook per directions.
Serve over Village Harvest Organic Jasmine Rice and green beans + enjoy!
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 778 Fat: 32g, Carbs: 69g, Protein: 52g
Things we used for this recipe: Village Harvest Organic Jasmine Rice, avocado oil, coconut aminos, honey, toasted sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, black pepper, citrus juicer, microplane zester, sesame seeds
If you’re wondering where to get your hands on Village Harvest’s Organic Jasmine Rice, it’s currently available at Costco Bay Area with other locations coming soon, including Costco Northeast.
The package comes with 6 individual pouches, which are easy to store, and perfectly portioned so you don’t waste any! Tyler and I were both so impressed by the quality of the rice + the taste. His favorite thing about getting takeout is the giant container of rice that you get, and he said this was just as delicious, if not better! When topped with Healthy Sesame Chicken, and paired with crunchy green beans – you have an amazing meal!
You can see the nutrition facts for this recipe here.