Sesame Chicken – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes – Gluten Free

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Sesame Chicken is ….

…….what I order every time we go to our favorite Chinese restaurant, the Hunan Lion on South Lamar here in Austin.

It’s gotten to the point that the waitresses don’t even ask me what I want anymore. Gammy always gets Chicken and Broccoli, same deal.

I’ve tried a few different recipes that I found online and twisted and turned on them until I was happy with this one.

It is Quick and Easy and Delish which are the definite requirements here at poppopcooks.com

Having said all that here we go!

Put the minute rice ( or regular rice) on to cook, that is if you don’t have any leftover rice in the freezer waiting for you to microwave it. As suggested in my 10 tips for quick and easy weeknight meals.

Cut the chicken up into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom.

In a bowl big enough to handle the chicken, mix together the egg, the cornstarch, the salt and pepper.

Put the chicken in the bowl and stir it up getting it covered with the egg mixture. Then put it all in the skillet. Be sure to add all of the egg mixture.

Stir it it right away and toss or stir it a few times as it cooks. 7-9 minutes.

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While the chicken is cooking, back to the bowl. Mix up all the other ingredients except the peas and their share of the chopped garlic.

Just before the chicken is done put another larger skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the peas and the garlic in  and toss them often as they cook. They only need 2-3 minutes. The snow peas are best a little crispy not at all soggy.

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When the chicken is browned and is firm to a poke add the sauce and stir it in  getting the chicken all covered in that good stuff. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly and as soon as it does…..

……enjoy your fresh off the stove Sesame Chicken.

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  1. Put the minute rice ( or regular rice) on to cook, that is if you don't have any leftover rice in the freezer waiting for you to microwave it.
  2. Cut the chicken up into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom. In a bowl big enough to handle the chicken, mix together the egg, the cornstarch, the salt and pepper. Put the chicken in the bowl and stir it up getting it covered with the egg mixture. Then put it all in the skillet. Be sure to add all of the egg mixture. Stir it it right away and toss or stir it a few times as it cooks. 7-9 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, back to the bowl. Mix up all the other ingredients except the peas and their share of the chopped garlic. Just before the chicken is done put another larger skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the peas and the garlic in and toss them often as they cook. They only need 2-3 minutes. The snow peas are best a little crispy not at all soggy.
  4. When the chicken is browned and is firm to a poke add the sauce and stir it in getting the chicken all covered in that good stuff. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly and as soon as it does..enjoy your fresh off the stove Sesame Chicken.
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Stir Fried Beef and Snow Peas

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If you don’t have any pre-cooked rice on hand start a pot of salted water set at high. If you are not using minute rice wait to start the beef until the rice has just started to get pliable when given the nibble test. If you are using minute rice just go ahead with the beef when you put the water on.

Cut the beef into strips or just buy some that are ready and waiting for you in the grocery store. I found them in mine and I’ll bet that yours has them too.

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Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When it gets hot put in the beef. Stir it often as it cooks. As it is cooking chop up the garlic. Add the black pepper, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, garlic, soy sauce and ginger. No salt! The soy sauce has enough to do the job.

When the beef is well browned all over add the snow peas.

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Stir in the peas and keep stirring often as the peas cook. When they have turned from the pale green that they were when you put them in to a bright green they are done. They won’t take long. Like 3-5 minutes. They are best if crisp, not mushy.

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You are good! Serve up your Stir Fried Beef and Snow Peas! Top it all off with a little more soy sauce and enjoy!

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  1. If you don't have any pre-cooked rice on hand start a pot of salted water set at high. If you are not using minute rice wait to start the beef until the rice has just started to get pliable when given the nibble test. If you are using minute rice just go ahead with the beef when you put the water on. Cut the beef into strips or just buy some that are ready and waiting for you in the grocery store. I found them in mine and I'll bet that yours has them too.
  2. Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When it gets hot put in the beef. Stir it often as it cooks. As it is cooking chop up the garlic. Add the black pepper, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, garlic, soy sauce and ginger. No salt! The soy sauce has enough to do the job.
  3. When the beef is well browned all over add the snow peas. Stir in the peas and keep stirring often as the peas cook. When they have turned from the pale green that they were when you put them in to a bright green they are done. They won't take long. Like 3-5 minutes. They are best if crisp, not mushy.
  4. You are good! Serve up your Stir Fried Beef and Snow Peas! Top it all off with a little more soy sauce and enjoy!
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You can use chicken instead of beef. Just cut it into strips and go.

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Chicken Quesadillas

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Chicken Quesadillas are great for a quick and easy casual meal.

We always keep a bag of store bought frozen, cooked and already spiced up chicken in the freezer for Quesadillas or as an addition to salad. You can get to the cooked chunks of chicken any way you want, like cutting up chicken tenders or boneless skinless breasts and frying them in a skillet. Using these already cooked and spicy ones just makes it even quicker and easier.

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Put a skillet on at medium high. Two tablespoons of olive oil and add the pieces of chicken. Toss them a few times as they defrost and brown.

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Cut up the veggies and add them to the skillet. Tonight we used onions, poblano peppers, canned chipotle peppers and garlic. The basic veggies are onions and green peppers, after that you can use whatever YOU want. Cook everything until the veggies are cooked and the chicken has browned. About five minutes. Toss it all often as it cooks.

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As it is cooking put another skillet on at medium and put in about a tablespoon of olive oil and spread it around. Spraying it works good too. When it is hot put a tortilla in and put some of the chicken and veggie mix on it.

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Lay some slices of the cheese of your choice on top.

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Put another tortilla on top and lay a plate on top of it.

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Give it about 2-3 minutes a side or until the tortilla has browned and the cheese has melted. Do two skillets at once or put the done one in the oven set at warm while you prepare the second one. Serve it up with some rice that you multi-tasked or maybe you had some cooked leftover rice in the freezer that you just had to zap in the microwave. A dollop of sour creme for dunking is a must. Also, picking a piece up with your hands, dunking it in the sour creme then the rice and scarfing it down is an accepted way to dine on your Chicken Quesadillas.

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  1. We always keep a bag of store bought frozen, cooked and already spiced up chicken in the freezer for Quesadillas or as an addition to salad. You can get to the cooked chunks of chicken any way you want, like cutting up chicken tenders or boneless skinless breasts and frying them in a skillet. Using these already cooked and spicy ones just makes it even quicker and easier.
  2. Put a skillet on at medium high. Two tablespoons of olive oil and add the pieces of chicken. Toss them a few times as they defrost and brown. Cut up the veggies and add them to the skillet. Tonight we used onions, poblano peppers, canned chipotle peppers and garlic. The basic veggies are onions and green peppers, after that you can use whatever YOU want. Cook everything until the veggies are cooked and the chicken has browned. About five minutes. Toss it all often as it cooks.
  3. As it is cooking put another skillet on at medium and put in about a tablespoon of olive oil and spread it around. Spraying it works good too. When it is hot put a tortilla in and put some of the chicken and veggie mix on it. Lay some slices of the cheese of your choice on top. Put another tortilla on top and lay a plate on top of it.
  4. Give it about 2-3 minutes a side or until the tortilla has browned and the cheese has melted. Do two skillets at once or put the done one in the oven set at warm while you prepare the second one. Serve it up with some rice that you multi-tasked or maybe you had some cooked leftover rice in the freezer that you just had to zap in the microwave. A dollop of sour creme for dunking is a must. Also, picking a piece up with your hands, dunking it in the sour creme then the rice and scarfing it down is an accepted way to dine on your Chicken Quesadillas.
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Sautéed Peas and Onions

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Sautéed Peas and Onions are super simple to make and you can have it a lot of different ways. When you make this make a lot of it and put the leftover in a zip lock in the freezer. You can have it with Chicken Fried Rice or mixed in with Spaghetti or Tortellini or rice like this recipe or just all by itself as real good veggie side dish.

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First chop up the onions. Put a frying pan big enough to handle the whole shebang on at medium and add 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. add 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 Tsp. black pepper.

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When the onions get translucent add the frozen peas and the leftover rice from the freezer. Push the peas and the onions aside and let the rice thaw in the middle. If you are using rice that is not frozen just go with it.

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Toss it all together and when the peas and rice are as warm to the touch as you want them,,

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serve it up! There is your carbs and veggies all in one shot and it’s gluten free.

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  1. First chop up the onions. Put a frying pan big enough to handle the whole shebang on at medium and add 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil. add 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 Tsp. black pepper.
  2. When the onions get translucent add the frozen peas and the leftover rice from the freezer. Push the peas and the onions aside and let the rice thaw in the middle. If you are using rice that is not frozen just go with it.
  3. Toss it all together and when the peas and rice are as warm to the touch as you want them,,,serve it up! There are your carbs and veggies all in one shot and it's gluten free.
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