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“This recipe was adapted from several recipes combined over the years. My DH thinks it is better than what you could get at the restaurant and to put it in our regular "ro-tay" (menu rotation that is)! Hope you enjoy it and I look forward to any further recommendations you all may have. This is the first recipe I have posted....ever.....so be kind! ;-)”
READY IN:
55mins
SERVES:
2-3
YIELD:
8 pieces of chicken
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. 1) Preheat oven to 350.
  2. 2) Spread out sesame seeds on a baking sheet and place in oven to toast. Checking every 5 minutes and shaking them around to watch for burning. Should take about 15 minutes to toast.
  3. 3) Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. 4) Increase oven temp to 375.
  5. 5) Put soy sauce in a small shallow pan/bowl and place chicken in it to marinate while you prepare the rest.
  6. 6) In separate small shallow pan/bowl, combine the flour, sesame seeds, salt, garlic and pepper.
  7. 7) Take the soy sauce marinated tenders and toss each one separately in the flour mixture until well covered. Place each one in a glass baking dish sprayed with a little Pam.
  8. 8) Drizzle a teeny bit of the butter over chicken OR I prefer to spray the tops with butter flavored Pam -- either is fine.
  9. 9) Place baking dish in oven and bake the chicken without turning for about 16 minutes until the edges begin to look like they are crisping.
  10. 10) While baking prepare the sauce.
  11. 11) Combine in a saute pan or small shallow non stick pot: soy sauce, agave nectar, ginger, red pepper flakes, garlic, chicken broth, sesame oil & brown sugar.
  12. 12) Take 1/2 cup ice cold water and mix in the 2 Tb cornstarch (called a slurry; but do not combine with above until near the end)
  13. 13) Whisk the ingredients in the pan over low to medium heat until it lightly boils and then slowly add in the slurry to thicken. Once it is nearing the consistency you like, turn off the heat and continue to whisk periodically while you finish the chicken.
  14. 14) By this time your chicken should be done. Flip the oven to broil and while your sauce is finishing the thickening process, broil the tops of the chicken just until it reaches the crunchiness that you prefer -- mine is usually about 5-9 minutes.
  15. 15) Remove chicken and serve immediately. You can drizzle a little of the sauce on top to serve OR you can serve it on the side for dipping. You will likely have extra sauce left over and it does freeze well for next time.
  16. Enjoy. I serve this with brown rice "fried with Pam" and the fried rice seasoning you can buy at the store (Follow the package directions) and steamed broccoli.

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