When I was in college, I used to have sesame chicken at least once a week on campus. While you can still get that very same delicious sesame chicken at a different location (shout out to Leo and Sandy at Wok’n World in Las Cruces, NM), I can no longer enjoy it because of the gluten. In fact, being gluten free makes eating any kind of Chinese food really difficult, unless you make it yourself. This week, Grandma T and I updated her old sesame chicken recipe to be gluten free. It’s awesome, and it’s not that hard to make. Here’s her recipe for gluten free sesame chicken!
Gluten free sesame chicken
3 boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
3-4 cups peanut oil for deep frying (will depend on size and depth of your pan)
1 tablespoon *gluten free soy sauce
A few drops of *sesame oil
1 tablespoon gluten free all-purpose flour (we used America’s Test Kitchen gluten free flour blend)
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 tablespoon water
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Sesame chicken sauce
¼ cup water
½ cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons *gluten free soy sauce
1 teaspoon *sesame oil
1 teaspoon *sriracha sauce
1-2 cloves garlic
Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Mix the marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken for 20 minutes.
Mix all of the sauce ingredients together. Pour them into a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. It will thicken! Turn the heat down to low and keep warm while you fry the chicken.
Add the oil to a deep enough frying pan and heat to medium-high. Test the oil with a single piece of chicken. When it’s ready, add a few pieces of chicken to the oil at a time and deep fry until golden brown. Drain the cooked pieces on paper towels. Continue frying a few pieces at a time until all the chicken is cooked.
Just before you finish frying, bring the sauce back up to a boil. Put the chicken in a big bowl and pour the sauce over, stirring to coat all the pieces evenly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and stir to distribute evenly. Serve your gluten free sesame chicken with rice and a side of vegetables.
What is your favorite Chinese dish? Is there anything you miss that you haven’t been able to find (or make) gluten free? Tell me in the comments!
Grandma T’s gluten free recipes and recommendations will be featured on Gluten Free Fab Life from time to time – check back soon to see what she’s cooked up!
Grandma T’s previous recipes
February 2016: Gluten free flour tortillas
March 2016: Gluten free dark chocolate cookie balls
April 2016: Our favorite gluten free cookbook and recipes
May 2016: Gluten free graham cracker crust
July 2016: Gluten free peach strudel
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