Sweet and Sticky Sesame Chicken

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Fear takes different forms.
When we are young, we are afraid of the darkness.
We grow up and find that it’s not that scary.
We grow up and start getting scared of things we never expected to induce fear in our spines.
We fear getting older.
We fear responsibilities
We fear the death of someone dear
We fear ending up alone, dying alone, meeting new people, getting out of our comfort zone and trying something new,…
We fear failure as we fear success.
We are afraid of other people’s jealousy, their opinions, their comments, their criticism.
We are afraid of ourselves. No wonder we’d be afraid of others.

As adults, all the fears inside our heads materialize in front of us. And sometimes we stand helpless in the face of those fears that block the road for us.

Fear stops us from doing what we want to do. And unless we put our fears in front of us, and get nuclear on their asses, we will still be controlled by them.

But that’s not easy.
Just, one step at a time.
We can do it
Yes we can

I was binge-watching (as it has been going on for some time now) Desperate Housewives, and this closing line came up to fit exactly what I wanted to say in this post:

“There is much to be afraid of in this world. But what we fear has nothing to do with gruesome masks, or plastic spiders, or life-like monsters. It’s the thoughts in our heads that terrify us the most […] How do we conquer these terrifying thoughts? We start by reminding ourselves, what does not kill us just makes us stronger!”

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES S04E06: Now I Know Don’t Be Scared

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If you’re scrolling to check the recipe, the long list of ingredients might spread some fear across your spine.
But fear not. Most of the ingredients are things you can find in your kitchen cabinet, or in any supermarket nearby. So conquer those fears and rush into the kitchen because this is a kickass recipe and I’m sure you’ll be licking your plate clean, if not the cooking pot itself!

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Serves 4 persons

Ingredients

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1kg skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper (or black pepper)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 large carrots, sliced diagonally
  • 3 regular zucchinis, sliced diagonally
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cm ginger root, minced or grated
  • 4 stalks green onions
  • 2 tbsp sesame
3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Salt

Procedure

  • Cut the breasts into cubes and season with salt, white pepper, nutmeg, cloves, and plenty of corn starch and flour then set aside
  • In a large wok or pot, heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil and fry the chicken in batches without overcrowding the pan. Cook undisturbed for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden and crispy
  • Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels while you fry the rest. Add more oil if needed
  • In the same bowl with leftover seasoned flour, mix the sauce ingredients and set aside
  • In the same pot or wok, adding more oil if needed, put half of the garlic and ginger then add the carrots and toss in the oil for 5 minutes until slightly softened on the outside. Add the zucchinis and onion and toss to cook
  • Add the chicken and toss to combine
  • Pour the sauce and sesame seeds and stir until it thickens slightly
  • Add the sesame oil and green onions and take off the heatFor the rice:
  • In a large pot, pour 2L of water with around 2 tablespoons salt, the cardamom, cloves, and coriander and cumin seeds and bring to a boil
  • Wash and strain the rice until the water runs clear. Carefully add to the boiling water and reduce to medium low
  • Boil for 12-15 min until the rice is cooked. Pour over a colander and it’s ready to be served

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