Growing up, my grandparents enjoyed preparing pork barbecue a few times every year at their home. Whenever they barbecued, they would invite several friends and other family members over. To serve with the pork meat, my grandmother always prepared several mouthwatering side dishes such as potato salad and baked beans. Because they slow cooked the meat for hours, they were always extremely tired when the fun festivities were complete. Nowadays, my family skips the hassle of cooking pork barbecue themselves. Instead, they enjoy this delicious entree at a favorite local restaurant. On this blog, you will discover the best side dishes to order with a pork barbecue meal at a restaurant. Enjoy!
With its sticky sauce and tender meat, sesame chicken is a favorite order in Chinese restaurants. Unfortunately for dieters, the dish is typically made with deep fried pieces of chicken, which are pretty high in fat. If you've craving sticky, sweet sesame chicken but don't want to ruin your diet, try making this low fat version at home. The recipe makes enough to serve 2 - 3 people.
Step 1: Prepare the chicken.
Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Aim to make the cubes as uniformly sized as possible so that the chicken cooks evenly. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, salt and pepper. Toss the chicken cubes in this mixture, ensuring that each one is evenly coated.
Step 2: Saute the chicken.
Heat the canola oil in a large skillet or wok. Add the chili peppers (whole) to the pan. Then, add the cubed chicken, a few cubes at a time. Move the chicken around in the pan so that each side gets evenly browned. When the chicken is evenly browned but not quite cooked through, add the garlic to the pan and continue cooking.
Step 3: Prepare and add the sauce.
While the chicken cooks, you can prepare the orange sesame sauce. Whisk together the orange juice, sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, and sesame oil. The mixture will be thick, and the sugar will not dissolve thoroughly.
When the chicken is cooked through (no longer pink in the center), remove the chili peppers from the pan. Then, pour in the sauce. Reduce the heat to low, and keep cooking until the sauce thickens and all of the sugar has dissolved. This will take 3 - 5 minutes. Keep stirring constantly to ensure the chicken is evenly coated in the sauce.
Step 4: Garnish and serve.
Once the sauce is thick and the chicken is coated, remove it from the pan and place it on a serving dish. Top with the sesame seeds and sliced green onions, and serve with white rice. Enjoy!
Contact a local chinese restaurant, like Dynasty Garden or another dining establishment, for more recipe ideas and tips.