Sesame seeds are flavorful, affordable, and packed with vitamins and minerals. When mixed with panko breadcrumbs, they also happen to make a fantastically crunchy and delicious crust on chicken. Best of all, they’re a fun way to introduce Asian flavors to your little one.
Serve with brown rice tossed with a touch of toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar and soy sauce alongside stir-fried broccoli for a complete meal.
Honey-Sesame Crusted Chicken
12 Months + up
Serves 2 adults and 2-4 kids
1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
1 cup panko (preferably whole-wheat)
1/2 cup sesame seeds (I used black and white seeds – use whichever you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/4 cup honey
Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Combine the panko, sesame seeds and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil and honey. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and dip into the soy-honey mixture; remove and dip into the panko mixture, coating evenly. Place strips on baking sheet. Place in the center rack of oven and bake 15-20 minutes, flipping once, until crisp with an internal temperature of 165.