Everyone has a favorite dish when they go out for Chinese food. For some it's the General Tso's Chicken for it's spiciness, for others it's Sweet and Sour Chicken with it's sweet sauce over fried chicken with warm pineapple bits. For me, I love Sesame Chicken but, if I am going to indulge it's the fried version (or "crispy" as our favorite place would say it). The sauce is so flavorful and clings to each piece of the crispy chicken. I love the sauce on the rice by itself. Well, I can't indulge like that every day and honestly, who can? When I first started using the Weight Watchers, Make it in Minutes cookbook, Sesame-Glazed Shrimp with Snow Peas and Baby Corn jumped out at me as something I needed to give a try.
Now, this recipe really does not replicate what you would find in your local Chinese restaurant when you order Sesame Chicken - not by a longshot. However, it will fill that craving for Asian flavors in your own home. The use of dark sesame oil, Hoisin sauce and fresh ginger really bring out the flavors of the other ingredients in the dish. It truly is a 20 minute meal - if you get your shrimp already peeled and deveined from the grocery - otherwise, add a few minutes to do it yourself. Tonight, I served it over Chinese noodles, but it would be equally delicious over white or brown rice - depending on your preference.