This sesame chicken is another shortcut recipe that turns out seriously gourmet. I love when I can throw together a couple simple ingredients and create a meal that's worthy of company.
Because it's oven-roasted, you get a succulent and moist sesame chicken with extremely minimal hands-on time and very little mess. Major win!
Roasted Sesame Chicken in an hour
- 1 (3-5 lb) roasting chicken, rinsed
- McCormick Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry Skillet Sauce
- 3-4 cups vegetables
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Tie chicken legs together with twine and place chicken, breast-side up, in a roasting dish.
- Rub McCormick Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry Skillet Sauce on the outside and inside of chicken, liberally coating with the entire packet.
- Surround chicken with vegetables.
- Cook chicken breast-side up for 30 minutes. Flip chicken over and cook another 30 minutes. Use a turkey baster to drip juices from the pan over the chicken every 10 minutes or so.
I've recently been working with McCormick, using their Skillet Sauces to speed up meal prep. McCormick’s packets take care of the seasoning and liquid, with suggestions on the package for which meat or veggies to add in order to make it a complete meal. This one is meant to be used for stir-fry, but I'm a rebel and like to get creative with my skillet sauce.
I truss up the sesame chicken by tying the legs together. This is important to ensure that is cooks evenly. Then, slather that sauce all over.
Frozen veggies mean I don't have to run to the grocery store as often, which is a lifesaver with three little kids. This whole meal can come from stuff I have either frozen or stashed in the pantry! The sesame sauce runs off the chicken and mingles with the vegetables for a delicious, saucy side. I find that soft vegetables like peas or beans can get a little overly-tender. If that bothers you, stick with something a little more solid like carrots or onions.
Flipping the sesame chicken over halfway through cooking ensures that it gets evenly-done.
Drizzling the sesame chicken every ten minutes or so with juices from the pan helps really infuse the flavor and make it moist all the way through.
Do you have any go-to shortcuts for meals in a hurry? Next time you need a last-minute crowd-pleaser, give this sesame chicken a try!