…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? I’m not a big take-out order kind of guy. I rather prefer to cook myself. The other day I had a hankering for some restaurant Chinese food. I called up one of the delivery services and they told me it would take an hour. Wait… an hour for some mediocre, semi-cold Chinese food? No way! I can make my own Garlic-Sesame Chicken in about half the time on my trusty Instant Pot. Pressure cooking the chicken with the sauce infuses the chicken with serious flavor. The best part is when I serve it—it’s still hot. The additional benefit is I can serve 4 adults for under 7 dollars. Serve this dish with white rice.
Speaking of rice, have you tried Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice? It comes in a pouch and is already cooked. Just zap it for 90 seconds in the microwave and serve. One pouch easily feeds 2 hungry people and is perfect as a side dish with Garlic-Sesame Chicken. Yum!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Additional time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
salt and ground black pepper to taste
8 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
4 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped green onion bottoms (save the tops for later use)
1/4 cup Chinese wine (Shaohsing Rice Cooking Wine) or dry sherry
4 tablespoons water
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce (I prefer Kikkoman)
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons chopped green onion tops
2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
ChefSecrets: You can easily add a couple of more thighs to accommodate more people, just be sure to only sauté 4 at a time.
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