Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken
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Why you’ll love this recipe
- Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken is the perfect balance between sweet, spicy and savory.
- It’s gluten-free and grain-free.
- Made with almond flour and tapioca flour.
- Has a sweet, sticky glaze with a little kick but not too powerful.
- Pairs perfectly with white or brown rice.
- Serve it with green onions, broccoli and sesame seeds.
- Check out this healthy baked chicken with miso dressing.
Ingredients and Substitutions
These simple ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry right now. I love that this comes together so quickly and easily. My favorite part is how juicy the chicken is and how flavorful the sauce is.
For the Chicken
I used organic chicken breast for this recipe which was juicy and crispy. You can also use chicken thighs.
Almond flour mixed with tapioca flour for the perfect gluten-free breaded crust. You can also use arrowroot or corn starch in replace of tapioca flour.
Beaten eggs are used for creating the gluten-free breading.
Salt and pepper make for the perfect subtle seasoning.
For the Sauce
It’s best to use organic pure honey for the ultimate flavor, check the back of the bottle for the ingredients list. The only one listed should be honey.
Soy sauce adds the perfect balance of saltiness.
Ketchup help balance out the sweet and saltiness.
Rice wine vinegar helps balance out the sweetness from the honey, you could sub white vinegar.
Sriracha adds a perfect balance of spiciness to this dish that really pairs nicely with the sweet flavor that the honey brings.
Just a touch of Sesame oil for that sesame taste.
Lots of freshly minced garlic which is a necessity, you can also use garlic from a jar if needed.
Tapioca flour to help thicken this sauce up.
How to make
From start to finish, dinner will be on the table in 45 minutes making this a perfect meal to enjoy on those busy week-nights.
ONE: Combine almond flour, tapioca flour, salt and pepper in one medium sized bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, beat the eggs.
TWO: Next, going one-by-one and using your right hand, dip each piece of chicken into the breaded mixture, then drop it into the egg mixture. Then, using your left hand coat the piece of chicken and drop it back into the breaded mixture. Using your right hand, coat the chicken once more.
THREE: Place the breaded chicken pieces on a greased baking sheet that’s lined with foil. Allowing some space in between each piece of chicken.
FOUR: Lightly coat the chicken pieces with EVOO spray and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165F.
FIVE: While the chicken is baking, create the sauce by combining all the ingredients, minus the tapioca flour, together in a medium sauté pan over medium/low heat. Mixing until combined. Once sauce starts to slightly boil, add in the tapioca flour and whisk until there are no clumps.
SIX: Remove the sauce from the heat and add in the breaded gluten-free chicken pieces. Gently toss until each piece is well coated.
SEVEN: Serve over rice and top with green onion and sesame seeds.
Air Fryer Method
Alternatively, you can also cook this Gluten-free Honey Sesame Chicken in the air fryer. Although, I would recommend sticking to the oven unless you have a large air fryer.
Follow the same steps as above, but instead of placing the breaded chicken on a baking sheet, lightly coat the inside of your air fryer with non-stick spray and add in the chicken pieces. Do not over crowed, allow there to be space in between each piece.
Then, air fry at 350F for 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165F.
Taste And Texture
These Gluten-free Honey Chicken bites are crispy on the edges, but soft and juicy in the center. The sauce is sweet at first and then has a little spicy kick at the end. It tastes amazing with some white rice!
How To Serve And Store
Serve this recipe over your favorite rice such as basmati, sushi or brown rice and pair it with a vegetable such as broccoli for a complete meal. Before serving, top your chicken off with some sesame seeds and green onions.
Let this meal cool completely and then store in an airtight container and enjoy within 3-4 days. You can store the rice and chicken together or separately. PRO TIP: Store them together for the perfect meal prep.
You can warm it up in the microwave for 45-60 seconds, or on the stove top.
Tips and Tricks
Use two hands when coating the mixture. One for the egg wash, and one for the breaded mixture. This helps create less mess and is easier to work with.
Do not over crowd the baking sheet, allow there to be some space in between each piece of chicken.
Gently coat the chicken in the sauce so you don’t ruin the breaded layer.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use arrowroot or corn starch.
I haven’t tested this recipe with any other flours yet.
Up to four days when stored properly in the fridge.
Other Dinner Recipes You May Like:
- One pan chicken and Peppers
- Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs
- Healthy Shrimp Tacos Bowls
- Healthy Vegan Pad Thai
- Quick and Easy Veggie Fried Rice
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