Friday, May 8, 2009

The Squirrel Can Cook – Baked Sesame Chicken & Fried Rice

Where last week’s recipe was all about the Hot & Spicy, this week we’ve got Subtle & Savory in store. This is my take on a recipe that Mom has made for years. She fixes it with white wine, were I use chicken broth, and I added the sesame oil, for that subtle Asian flavor.

Note: All photographs (Here you go, Fred!) show a half-recipe that I fixed for Mrs. Squirrel and me last Saturday. I guess, if I’m going to include pictures, that Friday’s recipe will usually reflect the prior Saturday’s dinner. This means that you may get the occasional frozen pizza recipe!

Our ingredients today are:

4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
2 cups of rice (regular white rice – don’t use “minute” type rice --- ever! For anything! Blech!)
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
4 tablespoons of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

First we have to fry our rice. Heat your stainless steel or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the 4 cups of rice. Mix thoroughly so that all rice is coated with oil, add another tablespoon of oil, if needed. Then stir slowly until the rice is a nice toasty brown color (close to the color of a brown paper shopping bag.)

In a large covered baking dish, mix the chicken broth, sesame oil, soy sauce. Now, the fun part! Spoon the fried rice into the chicken broth mixture… ah, nice hiss and a cloud of steam! Add the sesame seeds, and give it a stir. Then arrange the chicken breast on top of the rice. Everything will be mostly submerged under the chicken broth, with sesame seeds floating on top.

Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove the cover and bake another 20-25 minutes, until the chicken is nicely browned.

Serve with the veggie of your choice, and enjoy.

The Squirrel shall not live by nuts alone!

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Sir Aaron said...

unfortunately, I'm not a big sesame fan.

Mrs. Squirrel said...

I can take sesame or leave it, but Mr. Squirrel is really fond of it.

Personally, my favorite variation of this dish has an onion soup base (with sauteed onions)for the liquid. [However, that might be one of those 'other' recipes he'll share on another day.]

Sir Aaron said...

I want to know when he is going to stop posting foo-foo recipes and get to some steaks, ribs, and the like.


The Squirrel said...

Take 1 medium cow.

Lead cow past large bonfire.

Serve with sharp knife.

Feeds one.

Sir Aaron said...

LOL. That's the way we do it at my house.

Sir Aaron said...

but you left out pictures.

Rabbit said...

I refrained from commenting earlier today because I'm not a big sesame fan, either. The culinary photography is lovely and the presentation gets a 9.2 out of 10.

But the cow waved o'er a flame? NOW WE'RE TALKIN'!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Actually steers work better, but let's not nitpick. ;) )

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Now that's what I like... grazing at the TOP of the food chain :0)

Time to thaw out some more elk...


Herding Grasshoppers said...

But, Aaron, foo-foo? Like cucumber finger-sandwiches? ;o)

The chicken and rice sounds very versatile - swap the seasonings around to taste.

Love the photos... good view each step. You're making me hungry, and I have these ingredients on hand...

Julie... again

Sir Aaron said...

if it has rice, it's foo-foo.

The Squirrel said...


Rice alone does not a foo-foo make!


I'm Southern born and bred. Mom cooked rice with everything except breakfast; roast-beef, rice & gravy; fried chicken, rice & gravy. You get the idea.

Anyway, I LIKE rice! But, I promise, DV, next week = no rice.


Craig and Heather said...

do squirrels make peanut butter sandwiches?


The Squirrel said...

"do squirrels make peanut butter sandwiches?"

Actually, not this Squirrel!


Now, I love peanuts, raw, roasted, boiled, any ol' way. But I don't like peanut butter... never have.

I'll use peanut butter in certain recipes, such as spicy Thai peanut sauce (if you can't tell, I do like Asian cuisine), and I love Butterfinger candy bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but not peanut butter itself, with or without jelly.

So, there will not be any peanut butter sandwich recipes here.


Sir Aaron said...

Not liking peanut butter, is very unSquirrel like.

The Squirrel said...

"Not liking peanut butter, is very unSquirrel like."

So is blogging. Your point?


~Squirrel, the 7Up of Rodents...

Fred Butler said...

pictures good. In color, too.

The Squirrel said...

Thanks, Fred! Glad you like 'em!