29 May 2012

Recipe: Spicy honey-sesame chicken

My sincerest apologies for the mad radio silence all of a sudden! I was busy last week, see. I spent the week here:

Indeedy, I was in London for the week. I was supervising a massive group (110 students in total!) of 1st year students (secondary school, so that's year 9, or 12/13 years old) from my old secondary school on the annual trip to London where we:
- visited an English school
- took a Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour through the heaviest of London traffic I have ever witnessed which resulted in me having a pretty nasty sun stroke at the end of the day
- Went to the London Dungeon where I ended up sitting out most of the tour because some boys got sick (booh, hiss, shall remedy that someday soon)
- Went to St. Paul's Cathedral and climbed up all 528 steps for a magnificent view over the capitol, on one of the hottest days of the year so far (I think it was about 28 degrees but it felt a hell of a lot warmer in that tower!)
- Walked for miles and miles through London with my group of rascals
- Walked atop the White Cliffs of Dover on our way back home

And I did all that without warning any of you that I'd be gone! So, in order to make up for that, I hereby present you with a little recipe that you NEED to try. It's the easiest and most delicious of quick-and-easy recipes the BF and I have tried in the past few years and I can't wait to eat it again! I found it on a lovely blog called A Full Measure of Happiness where the lovely Lauren posts delicious recipes and weird cat-pictures. And this was one of them! The delicious recipes, I mean. Not the cat-pictures.

While the recipe in itself is delicious enough, I tweaked it a bit by adding some spice in the form of 2 red chilli peppers. The honey and soy combination tastes really good, while the crunch from the sesame seeds and the spice from the peppers make it more interesting. The coating on the chicken is so easy, but keeps the chicken much more moist, while also soaking up the sauce perfectly. This is such an easy dish that it can be made in about 15 minutes!
I have been told the leftovers also taste good cold, but we never had any leftovers to speak of, unless you count some stray sesame seeds stuck to the side of the pan!

Spicy Honey-Sesame chicken
(recipe adapted from A Full Measure of Happiness)
Serves 2

2 chicken breasts cut in chunks
2 chili peppers, thinly sliced in rings or strips. Discard the seeds if you want to tone down the spicy, otherwise, leave in and burn away, baby!
3 spring onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 egg
4 tbsp honey
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp sesame seeds
oil ( I used special wok-oil, a mixture of peanut oil and some light spices. You can just use regular oil, though)
Noodles. (I used thin rice noodles)

Cut your chicken, peppers and onions.
Combine the egg and cornstarch and mix it with the chicken chunks until all the chicken is covered. It will look weird. Don't worry.
Combine the honey, sesame seeds and soy sauce in a bowl and set aside.
Bring water to a boil for your noodles.
Cook the chicken chunks with a bit of oil in a wok or frying pan until nicely browned. Add the onions and peppers and cook for another minute, then add the honey-soy mixture and mix thoroughly to coat all the chicken chunks with the honey sauce. Let simmer for a minute or two on medium heat while you boil the noodles, and leave it on (while stirring occasionally) until your noodles are boiled, strained and ready to eat. It doesn't take long!

To serve, simply fill a plate with a healthy helping of noodles and pile the chicken on top. Make sure to get plenty of that lovely, sticky sauce!


  1. Your London trip sounds like it was fantastic (except for the sun stroke part!). Thanks for the recipe. I plan to make it as soon as I buy the ingredients. :-)

  2. Glad to read you had fun here. But seriously, 110 kids would have driven me up the wall!

    1. They kinda did ;) I was about ready to throw a few out of the bus on the way home. I had 10 other supervisors with me, though, so they kept me sane!

  3. Yum! Can't wait to try this!! And 110 kids? Wowsa :).

  4. i just wanted to say I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe :).