One type of food that I miss being able to eat at restaurants is Chinese food. I have not once been comfortable ordering food at a Chinese restaurant, since I found out I was wheat-intolerant. It seems like most of the food is cooked in the same few woks, with little to no cleaning in between orders. So much cross-contamination! Also, they never have gluten free or tamari soy sauce available, like a few Japanese restaurants I have encountered do.
Because of this, the only time I get to eat Chinese food, is when I make it myself. The other day, i started craving the sweet honey sesame chicken I used to order as a kid, so I decided to try to make it myself. I did a lot of research and managed to piece together an excellent and (as always) adaptable recipe.
I also love a good slow cooker recipe, because you can prep it ahead of time, do most of the clean up before the meal has finished cooking, and you don’t have to babysit the pan, which frees up your time to do other things.
Makes 2-4 servings
1.5 tablespoons of rice vinegar
1/4 cup of honey
½ teaspoon of Sriracha (or other hot sauce)
1.5 teaspoon of sesame oil
1/4 cup of tamari soy sauce (or coconut aminos, if allergic to soy)
1 teaspoon of minced clove garlic
1 medium onion, sliced
2 teaspoons of corn starch (or arrow root, if allergic to corn)
2 tablespoons of water
1.5 pounds of boneless and skinless chicken breast, cubed
For garnish: scallions, sesame seeds
- In a bowl, add the rice vinegar, honey, Sriracha, sesame oil, and tamari.
- Mince the garlic clove and slice the onions. Add these ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
- Mix some water and the starch together, whisking to get out any clumps, then add this to the sauce.
- Put the chicken breast in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over it making sure that the chicken is covered.
5. Cook covered on high heat for 3 ½ half hours or 5-7 hours on low heat.
6. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish, and serve with white rice. Enjoy!
- I don’t like things too spicy, so I only used a little Siracha to balance out the sweetness of the honey. If you do like it spicy, you can always use more hot sauce or add a chili or two to increase the heat.
- You can sub out the white rice out for healthier options like brown rice or quinoa too!