Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

This recipe will not win any awards.

It won’t win any beauty contests either.

It’s just a fresh cheap simple weeknight dinner.

$1 for zucchini

$.25 for angel hair pasta

$1.75 for chicken (Aldi has been having great sales on split chicken breasts!)

$.60 for green onions

I had everything else on hand.

Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

2 servings

Two chicken breasts on the bone with skin removed

Marinade

4 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp white wine or rice vinegar

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 clove garlic, minced

4 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Glaze

4 tbsp soy sauce

1/4 cup honey

1 clove garlic, minced

4 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)

1 tbsp butter

1 -2 tsp cornstarch

Directions

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Combine the marinade ingredients in a storage bag with the chicken to marinate. Refrigerate for at least an hour (or overnight is great too).

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Line the baking dish or a baking sheet with sides (aka jelly roll pan) with aluminum foil and prep with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the chicken from the storage bag and place on the baking dish breast side up. Let the chicken rest at room temperature about 20-30 minutes before you bake it.

Common sense note: Allowing the chicken to come to room temperature internally helps in bake more evenly in the oven. You will be amazed at how evenly cooked and juicy the chicken is!

Bake the chicken for 25 minutes.

While it is baking, make the glaze. Combine the first six ingredients in a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes, reduce heat and whisk in the cornstarch until smooth. Set aside.

Remove the chicken from the oven after twenty-five minutes of baking. Baste the chicken with the all the glaze. Then return the chicken to the oven for 20 more minutes.

Once the chicken is done, remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. **This helps the juiciness (is this a real word?) factor as well. Nobody likes dried out chicken breasts.

I served it with sesame noodles and a quick stir fry of zucchini. Enjoy!

Glaze

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