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Author: Christina Eleton
June 7, 2021

Asian Sesame Honey Chicken (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Delicious & Easy Sesame Honey Chicken takeout at home! A healthier spin on a popular Asian dish!

Some of my favorite foods are Asian dishes. Japanese, Chinese, Korean...I love them all!

A few years back, there was a popular restaurant that came to town that actually inspired this dish. If you have heard of P. F. Chang, then you probably know what I'm referring to...I think it is called, "Crispy Honey Chicken". It is battered-fried chicken tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce. I've actually only had it a couple of times due to the fact that it doesn't make me feel very good after I eat it.

I won't get into a long explanation, but of course it's loaded with some pretty bad ingredients, which explains why it makes me feel the way it does. So, therefore I haven't had it in years, but of course I have craved it ever since.

Well, a few years back, I set out to recreate this dish at home, but with a healthier spin. I can honestly say the last couple of times I have prepared this for my family, I believe I have perfected it. They rave about it every time I make it.

I love it that I can make this recipe at the fraction of the cost, and secondly, I have control over the ingredients that are gonna keep me and my family feeling good afterwards.  

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What You Need To Make This Sesame Chicken

When in comes to frying chicken, or anything for that matter, I like to use avocado oil. Fried food gets a bad wrap, but it's mainly because of the unhealthy oils and flours that are used.

  • organic chicken thighs
  • almond flour
  • tapioca flour
  • raw honey
  • coconut aminos
  • apple cider vinegar
  • sesame oil
  • fresh garlic
  • fresh ginger
  • pasture-raised egg
  • avocado oil
  • sea salt
  • sesame seeds
  • scallions

How To Make This Sesame Chicken

  • In a small bowl, whisk all of the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  • Next, combine almond flour, 1/2 cup tapioca flour & sea salt together in a bowl. 
  • Whisk egg and almond milk together on a plate or shallow bowl.
  • Dip and coat chicken pieces first in egg mixture followed by flour mixture, shaking off excess flour.
  • Place 1/4 cup or more cup of avocado oil in cast iron skillet on medium high heat.
  • Once your skillet is really hot, brown each piece of chicken 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • After all chicken is browned, place chicken in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes to finish cooking, until desired crispiness is reached.
  • While chicken is cooking, add sauce ingredients to a smaller cast iron skillet and simmer on low until thickened.
  • Lastly, pour sesame sauce over the chicken and toss to coat. 
  • Serve over cauliflower rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green scallions. 

Takeout Asian food at home is so much more fun and I think my recipe tastes even better than the restaurant. So grab up these ingredients and try it out for yourself...and let us know what you think!

Asian Sesame Honey Chicken (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

Author: Christina Eleton
Delicious & easy, Sesame Honey Chicken takeout at home! A healthier spin on a popular Asian dish!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients
  

For the chicken:

For the sesame sauce:

For garnish:

  • 2-3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 chopped scallions
  • serve over cauliflower rice

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, whisk all of the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  • Next, combine almond flour, 1/2 cup tapioca flour & sea salt together in a bowl
  • Whisk egg and almond milk together on a plate or shallow bowl.
  • Dip and coat chicken pieces first in egg mixture followed by flour mixture, shaking off excess flour.
  • Place 1/4 cup or more of avocado oil in cast iron skillet on medium high heat.
  • Once your skillet is really hot, brown each piece of chicken 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • After all chicken is browned, place chicken in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes to finish cooking, until desired crispiness is reached.
  • While chicken is cooking, add sauce ingredients to a smaller cast iron skillet and simmer on low until thickened.
  • Lastly, pour sesame sauce over the chicken and toss to coat. 
  • Serve over cauliflower rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green scallions. Add sea salt to taste. The sea salt will bring out all the flavors. Enjoy!

Notes

Make sure to pour extra sesame sauce over the rice and chicken and add sea salt to taste.   Also, I like to make this experience extra fun for my family with chopsticks.
Keyword Asian, Chicken Thighs, Gluten Free, Paleo, sesame chicken, Soy Free
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