Golden Sesame Chicken With Ginger Dressing

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 1 hr 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Not something you would ever find in a fast food restaurant, these chickies pack a punch of flavor, and are very pretty too, on their bed of fresh spinach. For couth guests only! ;-) Note: I get the greatest grated ginger (how's that for alliteration?) by freezing the ginger root first and then grating it on a Microplane zester.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Marinade

  • 3 large egg whites (sometimes I just use two eggs)
  • 59.14 ml soy sauce
  • 29.58 ml sesame oil
  • 4.92 ml grated fresh ginger
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 453.59 g raw chicken breast (cut into bite-size pieces, but you can make them larger if you want, I'm not going to force you)
  • Ginger Dressing

  • 29.58 ml grated fresh ginger
  • 59.14 ml soy sauce
  • 29.58 ml dry sherry (drinking, not cooking)
  • 4.92 ml chopped fresh garlic
  • 4.92 ml sesame oil
  • 2.46 ml red chili pepper flakes
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice of (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 orange, juice of (about 1/4 cup)
  • Sesame Coating

  • 59.16 ml sesame seeds, mixed with 4 tablespoons black sesame seeds (don't drive yourself crazy getting the black seeds, just double the white ones)
  • 59.14 ml canola oil
  • 453.59 g fresh spinach, washed, dried, and stems removed

Directions

  1. Prepare the marinade first:.
  2. Combine egg whites, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and scallion. Whisk together until frothy.
  3. Add the chicken and marinate, refrigerated, 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the Ginger Dressing:.
  5. Combine the ginger, soy sauce, sherry, garlic, sesame oil, chili flakes, scallions, lemon juice and orange juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from the heat and set aside while preparing the chicken.
  8. Sesame coating:.
  9. Mix the two types of seeds together. That's it.
  10. Cooking the chicken:.
  11. Drain the excess liquid from the chicken and dip them in the sesame seed coating, covering them completely on all sides.
  12. Place the chicken pieces on a tray in the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking to allow the coating to dry.
  13. This would be a good time to start preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  14. Heat the canola oil in a heavy pan.
  15. Saute chicken on each side until crispy on the outside. Use tongs to turn them.
  16. Transfer them to a cookie sheet (I cover the sheet with parchment paper first) and place in the oven 3 minutes to make sure they are fully cooked in the center. (Yes, you preheated an oven for all of 3 minutes baking. Do you want salmonella? Just do it!).
  17. Serve the chicken nuggets on a bed of raw spinach leaves and drizzle the Ginger Dressing over the top or put in a bowl to serve on a platter.
  18. You can thank me later.
Most Helpful

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I made 2 cosmetic chgs, but did not disturb the heart of your recipe. I used wings instead of breast meat & I did not serve on fresh spinach as I am not always able to get it & this was 1 of those times. Using wings did raise the oven cooking time to get them fully cooked (no fault of the recipe). The meat was well-flavored by the marinade & the crunch from the sesame seed more welcome than I thot it would be. The ginger dressing was strongly lemon-flavored & thin. A longer reduction time & adding sugar or more orange juice will solve that for us. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us.