Save money and calories by making your own Chinese takeout! This Honey Sriracha Sesame Chicken is equal parts sweet and spicy and over the top delicious!
Who likes takeout food? If you said no I don’t believe you. Seriously, who doesn’t love a box full of delicious comfort food. Whether it’s Chinese, Greek, Mexican, or a juicy burger, I love it all. Out of all the takeout food options Chinese is probably my favorite. I don’t know if it’s the cute takeout boxes, the crispy, salty, fried food, or the challenge of trying to eat it with chopsticks, something about it draws me in.
Honey chicken is one of my favorites, I love the sweetness from the honey! To save myself both money and a boatload of calories I decided it was time to make my own version at home. This Honey Sriracha Sesame Chicken will give any box of Chinese takeout a run for their money and it will do it with a fraction of the calories and fat!
Making the Honey Sriracha Sesame Chicken is super easy and probably takes the same amount of time if not less than placing your order, waiting for the food, and going to pick it up at your favorite restaurant. Start by dicing two large chicken breasts into about 1 inch pieces. Throw them in a resealable freezer bag along with salt, pepper, and some cornstarch, then seal the bag and shake it up until all of the chicken is coated.
The sauce of course is the most important part. This sauce is both equally sweet and spicy. The sweetness comes from ketchup and honey while the heat comes from the sriracha. Depending on how spicy you like your food you can add more or less. I found that using a tablespoon of the sriracha gave it plenty of heat, but still allowed you to taste the other flavors with out burning your tongue off. When it comes to adding something spicy to a meal, I always start out using less than what is called for, taste it, then add more if necessary. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out. To keep the calories to a minimum I stir fried it in a minimal amount of oil, no deep frying or heavy breaded coating on this chicken! To please my husband I served the chicken over white rice, but brown rice or quinoa would be equally delicious! The next time you get a craving for Chinese takeout try making your own instead! Not only does it taste better, but it’s far better for you!
- 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon flavorless oil
Honey Sriracha Sauce
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons low sodium tamari or soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sriracha, use more if you like it really spicy
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water
- 2 cups cooked brown or white rice
- Sesame seeds for garnish
- Add the chopped chicken breasts, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to a freezer bag, seal the bag and shake it until all of the chicken is coated in the cornstarch.
- In glass measuring cup or bowl whisk together all of the sauce ingredients except the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water.
- In a small bowl whisk together the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and water until the cornstarch dissolves and the mixture is smooth.
- Heat a large wok or non stick skillet on medium-high heat with the oil. When it's hot swirl the oil around then add in the chicken. Spread the chicken out in a single layer and let it brown for a couple minutes on one side. Using a wooden spoon toss the chicken around in the wok until it is fully cooked.
- Pour in the honey sriracha sauce into the wok and toss the chicken in the sauce until it is coated. Add in the cornstarch and water mixture and stir everything together until the sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes. Serve the chicken with rice and top with sesame seeds.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 942mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 47g