Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cooking Disney: Honey Sesame Chicken

The hubs and I are huge fans of the Nine Dragons Restaurants in Epcot. We always eat there at least once during our trips to Disney (except for this past trip when the restaurant was under renovation). The place has a reputation of average food and sky-high prices, but we love it nonetheless. =p

Our favorite dishes from the restaurants are honey sesame chicken and Ma Po Tofu. Although apparently, according to their latest menu, Ma Po Tofu is no longer being served. Not to worry, I've already mastered the art of that dish. Now, just in case they decide to take away honey sesame chicken, I found the exact recipe that the restaurant uses for this lip-smacking-good dish! I changed up a few things based to my likes and dislikes and what was available in my pantry.

Two words - restaurant quality! Juicy and tender meat. Sweet and savory sauce. You must try it! The hubs and I give it two thumbs up! Way up!

Honey Sesame Chicken:
(serves 2)

- 5 to 6 ounces chicken breast, slightly pounded and cut into cubes

Marinade:
- 1 tsp chicken base (not bouillon; base is a paste-like mixture available in gourmet or larger supermarkets)*
- Dash of white pepper
- Salt to taste
- Sugar to taste
- 1/2 tsp cooking wine
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil

Garnishes:
- Toasted white sesame seeds
- Chopped green onions

Batter:
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 heaping tsp baking powder
- A beaten egg
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/4 cup water
- Pinch of salt

Honey Sauce:
- 3 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp water

1. Combine marinade ingredients and let cubed chicken soak in liquid for 30 minutes.
2. Combine batter ingredients. Set aside.
3. Combine honey sauce ingredients. Set aside.
4. Heat cooking oil for frying. Using tongs, dip marinated chicken into batter and deep fry. Cook thoroughly.
5. Heat honey sauce in a large wok. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat.
6. Plate chicken and sprinkle green onions and sesame seeds.
7. Take a picture of your work, enjoy, and pretend you are at Epcot!

* I didn't have this so I skipped it.

A picture from 2006 when we dined at Nine Dragons. My honey sesame chicken looks darker because I added a bit of soy sauce. I don't like when the color is too orange-y. :)

{recipe source - but again, I made slight changes}

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing, I've just stumbled and bookmarked! Your recipe looks nice and crispy, which so often sesame chicken is not :)

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  2. Yum!! This looks so good. I heart sesame chicken!

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  3. Thanks Heidis! :) I hope you will give the recipe a try. Super super easy.

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