Stir-Fried Sesame Chicken; festive nature

There are so many choices at the Asian Market I tend to buy things just for fun…. Like black sesame seeds.

I have the more common white seeds, of course, but the black are more interesting.

Especially when I sprinkle them on the stir-fries when mon mari isn’t looking.

Really, after all these years he should have more faith in me and sufficient respect for my abilities than to question the ‘black things’ on the chicken.

No, I couldn’t discern a notable taste difference.

You could use leftover turkey in this just skip the ‘Add chicken to skillet and sauté 5 minutes’.

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Stir-Fried Sesame Chicken

Black and white sesame seeds sprinkled on top add interest to this easy dish. Peanut butter lends creaminess and a nutty flavor similar to some Thai dishes.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Stir Fry
  • Method: Skillet


  • 2 chicken breasts, (12oz, 360gr total) cut into small pieces
  • 12 ribs celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 onion, quartered, then sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp minced, fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 cup (8oz 240gr) chicken broth
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (corn flour, maizena)
  • 2 tbs sherry
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 2 tbs sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) Basmati rice
  • 1 cup (8oz 240gr) chicken broth
  • 1 tsp butter


  • Rice:
  • Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add rice and sauté, stirring for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Add broth and cook rice for length of time on package, usually 16 minutes.
  • When done fluff with fork and serve.
  • Chicken:
  • Heat oils in large skillet.
  • Add onion and sauté 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, ginger, celery, carrot and sauté 5 minutes longer.
  • Remove to a plate.
  • Add chicken to skillet and sauté 5 minutes.
  • Return vegetables to skillet.
  • Add soy sauce, stock, cover and simmer, 5 minutes.
  • To finish:
  • Dissolve cornstarch in sherry.
  • Increase heat under skillet.
  • Add peanut butter and stir until dissolved.
  • Add cornstarch and stir until thickened.
  • Spoon over rice, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.


I used both white and black sesame seeds. If you use only white, and want to toast them first: Toast seeds in a dry, nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat, 3 – 6 minutes. Start flipping them or shaking the skillet after 1 – 2 minutes and remove as soon as light brown. Set aside.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 753
  • Sugar: 15.1 g
  • Sodium: 1557.2 mg
  • Fat: 27.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 74.5 g
  • Fiber: 9.2 g
  • Protein: 51.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 134.2 mg

Keywords: sesame chicken, stir fry, basmati rice

Stir-Fried Sesame Chicken

We went by this hedge on our walk the other day.

I use the term ‘hedge’ loosely.

It may have been planted at some point in the past or it could just be a vine / plant that took over the fence. There is nothing but woods behind it.

I thought it was pretty:

I don’t know what it is. If I really cared I could google it…. but I don’t.

One can enjoy the beauty of nature (or anything) without naming it.

It reminded me of the bittersweet my mother loved to gather and decorate the house with this time of year.

It’s nice to see natural holiday decorations.

It was a very festive hedge.

4 thoughts on “Stir-Fried Sesame Chicken; festive nature”

  1. Yum for the recipe! Looks delicious! I haven’t bought sesame seeds in forever here. They got kitschy here and tripled in price and I just refuse to pay it. I don’t use them often enough to pay over $10 for less than 2oz.

    I think that ‘hedge’ is very pretty but I can’t tell what it is either. Doesn’t matter. I like it too 🙂

    • I buy a lot of herbs and spices at the Asian market – they sell in bags rather than little jars and are pretty cheap, A bag of oregano, for example, for 2 dollars that has 10 times the supermarket jars for the same price. And I hate all those cute little jars lol

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