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Easy 20 Minute Ground Sesame Chicken

This Easy 20 Minute Ground Sesame Chicken is made in one pan and only takes 20 minutes to make- it’s made with lean ground chicken and a lightened up sesame sauce. It’s much healthier than any sesame chicken you’d order from a Chinese restaurant- and it’s equally delicious!

Sesame Chicken is a staple in Chinese restaurants, therefore most people who like Chinese cuisine are certainly acquainted with it. It’s one of my favorites! I was inspired by a delicious sesame chicken dish from one of my favorite local Chinese restaurants, and I decided to make a healthier version that can be made at home in less than 20 minutes.

This recipe uses lean ground chicken and a lightened-up sesame sauce—it’s much healthier than any sesame chicken you’d order from a Chinese restaurant, but it tastes just as delicious as any dish at a restaurant!

What ingredients do I need to make this Ground Sesame Chicken?

  • Small yellow onion– diced 
  • Garlic-minced
  • Lean ground chicken breast– I like to use Perdue Fresh and lean ground chicken. You could substitute the ground chicken for ground turkey, if desired. The point values may vary depending on the brand you use.
  • Salt and black pepper-to taste 
  • Chili paste- I use Huy Fong Chili or Garlic Chili paste. You can find this at most grocery stores by the Asian foods and sauces.
  • Low sodium soy sauce-to flavor the sauce.
  • Zero point brown sugar sweetener I use Lakanto Brown monkfruit sweetener. You can find this HERE online. Save 15% with promo code: POUND15
  • Toasted sesame oil– for flavor
  • Chicken broth-to mix with the cornstarch and adds flavor.
  • Cornstarch– to thicken the sauce.
  • Chopped scallions and sesame seeds– for garnish

What sweetener do you recommend using for the sesame sauce?

I love using Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener when making lightened up recipes. Why? Because, being your best self means not having to sacrifice foods you love. 

Lakanto makes a brown sugar replacement, without the sugar, for all your baking needs. Tastes and measures just like what grandma’s recipes call for, only now you’re not just keeping your taste buds happy- your body will think you as well. Go ahead, have two helpings of dessert. Without the side of guilt.

Why is it my favorite? Well, here are a few reasons:

  • TASTES JUST LIKE BROWN SUGAR: Contains zero net carbs and zero calories. Perfect for any recipe that calls for brown sugar.
  • 1:1 BROWN SUGAR REPLACEMENT: Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener matches the sweetness of brown sugar, helping you fill your kitchen with a healthy cup-for-cup alternative to ordinary baking ingredients.
  • LIFESTYLE FRIENDLY: Works with ketogenic, diabetic, candida, paleo, vegan, low-sugar, non-GMO, and all-natural diets.
  • CLASSIC, GOLDEN, BROWN & POWDERED: Golden Lakanto is a raw sugar substitute, Classic is a white sugar substitute, Powdered is a powdered sugar substitute, and Brown is a brown sugar substitute.

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How do I make this Ground Sesame Chicken?

Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat over medium heat.

Add the ground chicken and onion and cook for 3 minutes or until softened, add the garlic and cook for a minute longer.

Add the ground chicken to the skillet and cook while breaking up into small pieces until the chicken is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl combine chili sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, and sesame oil. Whisk until well combined.

Pour sauce over the ground chicken and stir to combine. 

In a separate small bowl whisk together chicken broth and cornstarch until cornstarch dissolves. 

Bring to a simmer and then add the cornstarch mixture while stirring.

Continue to cook until sauce has thickened, about 3-5 minutes. 

Remove from heat and add scallions, if desired.

Serve over your favorite rice: cauliflower, jasmine, brown or white rice. 

Garnish with more scallions and sesame seeds.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced 
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced. (about 3 garlic cloves, minced)
  • 1 lb. lean ground chicken breast- I like to use Predue Fresh lean ground chicken
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic chili paste- I use Huy Fong Chili paste
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup zero point brown sugar sweetener – I use Lakanto Brown monkfruit sweetener. You can find this HERE online. Save 15% with promo code: POUND15. You could also use Truvia Brown Sugar Blend; keep in mind that sugar blend is concentrated so you’ll want to use 2 Tbsp vs. 1/4 cup.
  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Chopped scallions and sesame seeds for garnish

Directions:

  1. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a minute longer.
  3. Add the ground chicken to the skillet and cook while breaking up into small pieces until the chicken is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a small bowl combine chili sauce, soy sauce, zero point brown sugar sweetener, and sesame oil. Whisk until well combined.
  5. Pour sauce over the ground chicken and stir to combine. 
  6. In a separate small bowl whisk together chicken broth and cornstarch until cornstarch dissolves. 
  7. Bring to a simmer and then add the cornstarch mixture while stirring.
  8. Continue to cook until sauce has is thickened, about 3-5 minutes. 
  9. Serve over your favorite rice: cauliflower, jasmine, brown or white rice. 
  10. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

Makes 4 ( 1/2 cup) serving

1-5 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

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Yield: 4

Easy 20 Minute Ground Sesame Chicken

Easy 20 Minute Ground Sesame Chicken

This Easy 20 Minute Ground Sesame Chicken is made in one pan and only takes 20 minutes to make- it's made with lean ground chicken and a lightened up sesame sauce. It's much healthier than any sesame chicken you'd order from a Chinese restaurant- and it's equally delicious!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced 
  • 1 Tbsp or 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. lean ground skinless, boneless chicken breast- I like to use Predue Fresh lean ground chicken
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic chili paste- I use Huy Fong Chili paste
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup zero point brown sugar sweetener - I use Lakanto Brown monkfruit sweetener. You could also use Truvia Brown Sugar Blend; keep in mind that sugar blend is concentrated so you'll want to use 2 Tbsp vs. 1/4 cup.
  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Chopped scallions and sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

    1. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat.
    2. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a minute longer.
    3. Add the ground chicken to the skillet and cook while breaking up into small pieces until the chicken is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper.
    4. In a small bowl combine chili sauce, soy sauce, zero point brown sugar sweetener, and sesame oil. Whisk until well combined.
    5. Pour sauce over the ground chicken and stir to combine. 
    6. In a separate small bowl whisk together chicken broth and cornstarch until cornstarch dissolves. 
    7. Bring to a simmer and then add the cornstarch mixture while stirring. Continue to cook until sauce has is thickened, about 3-5 minutes. 
    8. Serve over your favorite rice: cauliflower, jasmine, brown or white rice. 
    9. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

    Makes 4 ( 1/2 cup) serving

    1-5 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

    *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

Notes

Smartpoints: GREEN: 5 smartpoints per serving BLUE/PURPLE: 1 smartpoints per serving if using skinless, boneless chicken grounded chicken

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 785mgCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 28g

Amy B

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

This was great and my whole family enjoyed it, which is quite a feat. Thank you!

Ann

Monday 5th of September 2022

This was really good and came together in no time. Thanks for sharing!

-You may want to check your instructions, step 2 and 3 both say to add ground (sic groudn) chicken.

Lindsay Kehl

Tuesday 6th of September 2022

Hi Ann

Thank you for your great review and I appreciate the comments and feedback! I have made that edit, thanks for catching that human error!

Have a great day!

Linds

Eileen

Sunday 4th of September 2022

Could you make this with cooked rotisserie breast and narrow it down to about 1 point?

Lindsay Kehl

Friday 9th of September 2022

Hi Elieen

I haven't used rotisserie chicken in this particular recipe- you can give a try and see how that works out!

Enjoy!

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