Sesame Seed Chicken with Lime and Mirin Glaze – 青檸味醂芝麻雞

This is a perfect summer dish when you have guests coming to your home unexpectedly an hour before dinner time! It takes about 40 minutes from the kitchen to the dinner table and it tastes delicious.

Note:

  • Use sake and add a tsp of sugar if you can’t find mirin
  • Add fresh chilli pepper (the small variety) for extra heat
  • Adding extra thickening agent is not necessary. The flour in the oil can do the job
Sesame seed chicken with Lime and Mirin Glaze, dinner is ready
Sesame seed chicken with Lime and Mirin Glaze, dinner is ready

prep time – 15 mins
cook time – 20 mins
total time – 35 mins

recipe type: main meals
cuisine: Asian
makes: 2 servings

Ingredients:
• 1 tsp fish sauce
• 2 tsp sesame oil
• 1/2 fresh lime cut to thin slices
• 1/4 cup Mirin
• 1/2 cup white vinegar
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 tsp sesame seeds
• 2x dry hot pepper (optional)
• 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
• dash of Kosher salt
• dash of black pepper
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
• 4 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
• 1/2 red pepper cut to small cube
• 1/4 cup cilantro – chopped
• 2 Tbsp green onions, finely sliced on a diagonal
• 1/4 cup carrot – Julienne
Method:
1. Whisk together the fish sauce, mirin, vinegar, sugar and water in a cup and crushed red pepper then set aside.
2. Rinse the chicken breasts under cool water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Trim the breasts, season with kosher salt and black pepper, dredge each in sifted flour then shake off any excess.
3. Set a skillet over medium heat and add vegetable oil. When the oil is shimmering, add the chicken and brown each breast for about 2 minutes on each side till slightly golden brown. When the breasts are lightly browned, remove them from the skillet onto a plate. Lightly cover the chicken with aluminum foil and set aside. The breasts will be slightly under-cooked at this point, but they’ll finish cooking in the sauce.
4. Add the vinegar, mirin, fish sauce and sugar mixture to the remaining oil in the skillet and cook till boiling. Add lime slices and scraping up any bits left stuck to the bottom of the pan.
5. Place the chicken breasts back into the skillet and cook them in the sauce 5 minutes, (rule of thumb – one inch for five minutes) cover with a lid. Remove the lid after five minutes . Take chicken out from the pan and set aside ready for cutting. Allow the sauce to reduced by half.
6. Once the sauce has reduced and the chicken has cooked through, cut chicken to smaller pieces and set to a platter, pour the remaining glaze over it. Serve with plain Jasmine rice. Dinner is served!

season chicken with salt and pepper
season chicken with salt and pepper
dredge with flour
dredge with flour
lime, red pepper, cilantro, carrot, scallion
lime, red pepper, cilantro, carrot, scallion
heat up pan
heat up pan
oil in pan
oil in pan
browning the chicken
browning the chicken
chicken turns golden brown
chicken turns golden brown
Bottle of mirin
Bottle of mirin
mixing the sauce
mixing the sauce
pour sauce in pan, add lime and hot pepper
pour sauce in pan, add lime and hot pepper
sauce is boiling
sauce is boiling
place browned chicken in sauce
place browned chicken in sauce
cover pan with a lid
cover pan with a lid
open lid after five minutes
open lid after five minutes
take chicken out and reduce the sauce
take chicken out and reduce the sauce
cooked chicken ready for slicing
cooked chicken ready for slicing
add the rest of the ingredients and let it cook for three minutes
add the rest of the ingredients and let it cook for three minutes
sauce is thicken
sauce is thicken
turn heat off
turn heat off
Sesame seed chicken with Lime and Mirin Glaze, dinner is ready
Sesame seed chicken with Lime and Mirin Glaze, dinner is ready

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