Lighter Sesame Chicken

Well, I didn’t hit my mini-goal once again, but I also didn’t gain all that much. It means another week of trying to be good and maybe not eating so much Nutella. Jay and I had eye exams yesterday afternoon, and by the time we were done, I was worn out (I know that sounds weird, but I was rather exhausted after not wearing my glasses for a couple hours and trying in vain to focus on things), so we ended up at Buffalo Wild Wings, where I sort of binged. In that I ate the whole basket of Buffalo Chips and Cheese on my own, as well as 4 or 5 boneless wings. Eating the Buffalo Chips was more out of necessity, to cool my mouth down. I finally tried the Hot BBQ Sauce…And I won’t be getting that one again. Spicy Garlic or Medium is about all I can handle (I know, I’m a wimp when it comes to hot stuff).

But my binge-eating aside, the nice thing about being on Weight Watchers is that I’m finally getting out of the mindset that once I’ve blown a whole meal, I don’t have to throw in the towel. The next meal can be a reset. Which is what I did for breakfast this morning, lunch, and with tonight’s dinner.


Lighter Sesame Chicken. I’ve seen Martha Stewart’s version floating around the blogosphere, and while I’m sure it’s good and all, it contains broccoli. I do not like broccoli, therefore, I searched for another recipe. And Weight Watchers had one that looked okay…Plus, it didn’t use honey, which I don’t like. Instead, it calls for maple syrup of all things (I thought about subbing in some brown sugar for the Martha Stewart version, but then decided it was too much trouble. Plus, broccoli.), as well as a few spices. And I had the chance to use these:


I’ve been waiting for them to show up around here for a few months now, and found them last weekend.

The chicken was good…I wasn’t overly thrilled by the five-spice powder, as I’m not fond of anise. That was a little more pronounced than I’d’ve liked, but overall, the dish wasn’t bad at all. Even the bambino liked it, and I figured he’d turn his nose up at it!


Yield: 4

Lighter Sesame Chicken

Lighter Sesame Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. five-spice powder
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp. peanut oil


Toast the sesame seeds in a large skillet over medium-high heat, shaking pan frequently, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer seeds to a shallow dish and set aside.

Whisk water, soy sauce, maple syrup, chicken broth, ginger and five-spice powder together in a small bowl; set aside.

Combine flour, salt and pepper together in a large plastic bag; add chicken and shake to coat.

Heat oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture to chicken and cook until sauce thickens and is almost evaporated, about 1 to 2 minutes more.

Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the chicken, and toss a couple times to coat.

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And it’s only 5 PointsPlus per serving (which doesn’t include the rice)! It’s a good thing this dish comes together rather quickly…I ended up having to do some mad-rush cleaning as soon as we got home and now I’m exhausted, and ready for bed. Good night!

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4 Replies to “Lighter Sesame Chicken”

  1. That looks good! BTW, I am a weenie when it comes to hot too! My Daughter devours hot sauce, and that can’t be good.
    Anyway, that looks awesome. How expensive are those breasts? Per pound?

    • To be fair, even my husband couldn’t quit handle the Hot BBQ sauce–It was just a little too much for him too, although he finished off the wings. I got the box at Wal-Mart (I know, UGH!) and it was $7.80-something. The box says there are 6 breasts, but mine had 7. I don’t think it’s that bad, considering I got twice as much for what fresh chicken normally goes for at the grocery store around here!

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