Hello Monday. You aren’t pretty.

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I don’t mean to be a bully, but seriously? You sort of suck. I think I’m done with this whole “doing fun things” on the weekends and then having a Monday that consists of a… Monday.

And my “doing fun things” translates to pot pie on Saturday night and may as well equal early bird specials and senior citizen discounts but so what? Even that is pretty much better than most hours that will occupy this day. Whomp whomp.

Simple Sesame Chicken Skillet I howsweeteats.com

On Mondays, in no particular order I want to:

eat chocolate cake

drink the leftover wine (wait… what?)

sleep, like all day

not workout

not open my computer

take a long nap

wake up and watch all the shows i DVRed sunday night

not see peanut butter m&m’s sitting on my counter

take an even longer nap

ponder all the shows i watched since they’re real life

go shopping because i browsed beauty blogs all morning

not do laundry

not unload the dishwasher (um hi worst chore ever)

eat a dinner consisting of pancakes

Hmmm. Think that about covers it.

Simple Sesame Chicken Skillet I howsweeteats.com


Instead of doing all of those lovely things, I’m gonna be a grown up since I’m almost 30 and stuff like that. Work work work, maybe some play, maybe some chocolate, eh… we’ll see how it goes. Probably finish it off with a nice little balanced dinner… something like this chicken… that’s a little sticky and sweet and covered in sesame seeds because OMGilovethem. And before we know it, it’s Tuesdeeee.

Simple Sesame Chicken Skillet I howsweeteats.com


Simple Sesame Chicken

Yield: serves 2-4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons pepper
3 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
2-3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
brown rice and vegetables for serving


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a bowl, whisk together chicken stock, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, garlic cloves, soy sauce and vinegar. Set aside.

Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Toss chicken with salt, pepper and flour. Add olive oil and 1 tablespoon sesame oil to skillet, and once hot, add chicken in a single layer. Cook until seared and golden on one side, then flip and cook until golden again, about 2-3 minutes. Pour chicken stock mixture over top and toss to coat, then turn off heat. Place skillet in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and cover with sesame seeds. Serve with veggie of your choice and brown rice.

Simple Sesame Chicken Skillet I howsweeteats.com

Happy happy joy joy.

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135 Responses to “Simple Sesame Chicken Skillet.”

  1. #
    Kim in MD — October 22, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    YUM! This sesame chicken sure looks pretty to me! I guess beauty really is in the eye of beholder!


    • Kim in MD — October 22nd, 2012 @ 7:03 am

      But Mondays? Not so much…


  2. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — October 22, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    Have you ever tried black sesames seeds? I love sesame seeds too lots on my bagel please!
    Today I have an excuse not to do laundry, dishes or cleaning……..my husband did it last night before bedtime! Yippee! Besides I’m on crunch time ,I have a show next Sunday,gots to keep busy you know!!!! Too bad he can’t cook, I don’t think I could live on PBJ.


  3. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 22, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Love the sauce with the brown sugar, vinegar, sesame oil – great flavors going on!


  4. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 22, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    Oh your sesame chicken skillet looks amazing!!! I need to make a batch for lunches this week!! Happy Monday to you!!


  5. #
    Miriam @ Overtime Cook — October 22, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    This chicken looks fabulous. Well, there’s one happy thing to drool over this Monday morning!


  6. #
    Blog is the New Black — October 22, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Looks so simple, so tasty, and mostly healthy! Can’t wait to try it!


  7. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 22, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Ooh such great flavours going on here! I’m all about one-skillet meals, especially on Mondays. PS Beauty blogs make me want to go out to Sephora too.. I gave into that once, and $250 later…. it was Tuesday!


  8. #
    Rachel Cooks — October 22, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    Love the simplicity of this–looks great!


  9. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — October 22, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Seriously. Especially when I had to be at lab at 6am. Stupid yeast that I cannot bake with… why bother? haha


  10. #
    Andrea — October 22, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Yum….pinning this. So easy!


  11. #
    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — October 22, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    I enjoy your Monday list. I’m so with you on all of it!


  12. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — October 22, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Monday’s are the actual worst, but having this sesame chicken for dinner Monday nights will make it bearable and pretty sweet! I’m thinking this would go great with some homemade pork fried rice. Maybe one with bacon, yum!


  13. #
    Katie — October 22, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    Ugh, unloading the dishwasher is NEVER ENDING. I’m trying to just embrace it and accept that it’s part of life…but I don’t LIKE it.

    Happy Monday, friend. <3


  14. #
    Alyssa — October 22, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I can definitely get on board with that Monday list….and this amazing looking skillet of chicken!


  15. #
    Abby@ Totes Delish — October 22, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    That sauce looks lick-the-bowl-tastic! Mondays, meh, I can go without them too.


  16. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — October 22, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Doesn’t this look scrumptious?! And so easy. My favorite combination!


  17. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 22, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    OMG this morning I watched the old Bill Cosby bit on feeding his kids chocolate cake for breakfast, and then I see this.


    (could you hear that?)


  18. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — October 22, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    I hate Mondays too. Ive been in a funk all morning. Barely want to move from the couch. boo. But I love the sounds of this deliciousness..sometimes simple is best!


  19. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — October 22, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    OK….so I just laughed out loud because my dishwasher has been sitting full of CLEAN dishes for, oh, 24 hours now and I have no desire to empty it. This morning I retrieved 3 plates, a glass, and a knife from it for breakfast and promptly closed and locked it back up.

    I cannot wait to make this chicken! It looks so delicious and easy…perfect! Also, it reminded me of a story someone was telling kiddo last week. We were talking about mispronouncing words and this friend of ours was saying when he was a kid, he was ordering at a restaurant and asked the waiter what “see-SAME” seeds were. So, I think we’ll call this Simple See-SAME Chicken. ;)


    • Jessica — October 22nd, 2012 @ 11:55 am

      Hahaha so cute!


  20. #
    Karly — October 22, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    What is it about unloading the dishwasher that makes me hate life? Same with transferring clothes from the wash to the dryer. Ugh. Torture.


  21. #
    Liz — October 22, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I LOVE your Monday list – I wish I could do that today too!


  22. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 22, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I want to eat my screen.


  23. #
    Parsley Sage — October 22, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Ha! I don’t work on Mondays :) I think I’ll use this as my schedule for today…except I’m have some GORGEOUS sesame chicken rather than pancakes for dinner. Or…maybe i’ll just have both!


  24. #
    Ashley Bee — October 22, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I love recipes that make takeout a bit lighter. I think these look great!


  25. #
    Jimi — October 22, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Okay, are you ready to hear everything we ate in Pittsburgh? I didn’t buy a souvenir because I brought back several extra pounds.
    First stop – Chica Loca Taco – wow. These tacos were so good. And the chips were amazing too.
    Then, Meat & Potatoes – this was quite the experience. We had both the fried taters and the fried pickles (hmmm, maybe that’s where the weight gain came from), the waldorf salad (me), the fall salad (husband). For an entree I had the hangar steak special with soba noodle salad and apple/pork belly kimchi and my husband had the duck breast.
    And because we couldn’t leave well enough alone, we stopped at Burgatory on the way back to our hotel and had shakes for dessert.
    Finally, we went to Pamela’s for breakfast the next morning. Oh. my. soul. Can you please replicate their hotcakes? And their potatoes? :)
    We are already trying to figure out when we can come back!! Three meals was not enough.


    • Jessica — October 22nd, 2012 @ 11:55 am

      OMG… sounds amazing.


  26. #
    Jessica — October 22, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Now this looks great. I made sesame chicken a few weeks back but never thought of adding brown sugar. Thanks for sharing.


  27. #
    Courtney @ Bake. Eat. Repeat. — October 22, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    I agree…putting away things you’ve cleaned is the WORST chore. I already cleaned the stuff…now I have to put it away too?? This might explain why we usually have stacks of clean, folded laundry on the couch. Because maybe I use folding laundry as an excuse to sit on the couch and watch TV. Maybe.

    Thanks for making Monday a little more bearable.


  28. #
    Jenna — October 22, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    This looks fabulous. So light and flavorful


  29. #
    Paul — October 22, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    Lol! As if anyone even has leftover wine… This sesame chicken looks amazing!


  30. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — October 22, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    this looks great – perfect dish to get rid of a case of the mondays


  31. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — October 22, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    This looks fabulous!


  32. #
    Emily @ www.main-eats.com — October 22, 2012 @ 11:57 am

    Simple, beautiful, easy! Looks amazing!


  33. #
    Vicki @ WITK — October 22, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    Mondays are the worst. I always fall asleep on my train ride to work on Mondays and want to just sleep until someone kicks me off the train!


  34. #
    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — October 22, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    This looks awesome! I love sesame chicken from Chinese restaurants, and it’s always good to have a healthier alternative!


  35. #
    what katie's baking — October 22, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    i agree.. mondays are terrible!!! i want this for dinnerr!!! i wish i had a stove haha… dorms suck!


  36. #
    Eileen — October 22, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    Ah, but that chicken is Very pretty! I love the idea of simple but delicious one-skillet dinners like this. :)


  37. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 22, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    This dinner might make mondays a little less horrible.


  38. #
    Lindsey — October 22, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    First off love love love your blog. I often send my husband links to your blog because we were seriously JUST talking about what your happening to be commenting on that day (ex: we have the same opinion about Homeland, all we know is we love Saul).

    Anyways…what beauty blogs do you like to go to? I know you have your favorite blogs at the bottom of your website, but do you have certain makeup blogs you go to?



    • Jessica — October 22nd, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

      OMG… my life has been over run by beauty blogs/reviews lately. I look at temptalia.com a lot – lots of reviews and I love the editors choice/readers/choice awards – they do them for high end and drugstore brands. Also been looking at makeupbytriffanyd.blogspot.com a lot – she has amazing tutorial videos!


  39. #
    Mary Beth Albrechtsen — October 22, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Left over wine. Well, now, that is a travesty. This is not my favorite Monday either – truck broke down, it’s raining, I’m stranded in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming. The upside is I’m in a coffee shop and get to read your blog and it made me smile. Thank you.


  40. #
    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut — October 22, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    I was JUST thinking about how awesome it would be to have pumpkin pancakes for dinner! This lovely meal would suffice, too. :) And yes, why does unloading the dishwasher suck so much? Having a dishwasher is a “luxury” in NYC, but it also feels like such a CHORE. I also cook a lot more than I used to, so…that doesn’t help.


  41. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — October 22, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    I love your method of tossing things in flour before sauteing them… Ever since the crispy shrimp tacos, I do it all the time!!


  42. #
    Mandy — October 22, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    Mm, this looks good and will definitely be added to the menu list for a chicken meal :)

    I’ve just got to say though, I actually like unloading the dishwasher. I like the feeling of hot dishes. It’s sort of like the feel of warm clothes from a dryer ;) Plus, the sooner I can get that dishwasher unloaded, the sooner I can start filling it back up..Dirty dishes are sort of a pet peeve of mine lol


    • Jessica — October 22nd, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

      Um, can you move in?


  43. #
    Chrissy — October 22, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Yea, I think we ALL agree with you on this one. PS. the “left-over wine” always gets us too… it’s almost like, wait, how did you sneak away from the party? We weren’t done with you!?

    Anyways, this chicken is just what we need. I love love love toasted sesame oil with chicken and veggies. YUM


  44. #
    Julie — October 22, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    CUTE POST!!!!


  45. #
    Cara's Healthy Cravings — October 22, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    The chicken looks fab, but I totally support pancakes any time of the day!


  46. #
    Madeleine @ Teenie Baker — October 22, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    Yum, this chicken looks fantastic! And I totally agree, pancakes are a good dinner every once in a while…


  47. #
    Pretend Chef — October 22, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    This chicken looks so delicious. I second that Monday fun list. I’d rather do that too. Back to this dish… Yummy!


  48. #
    Jessica T — October 22, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    Your idea of a Monday sounds fabulous. I decided to do half of those things today because it was just one of those mondays…chocolate, leftover wine, no workout…just to name a few. My fiance is going to love this recipe! I usually don’t comment, but I visit your site about everyday because your recipes rock and so does your name ;) Thank you for the inspiration!!!


  49. #
    Kristin — October 22, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    As soon as my kids could reach the kitchen counter (about 3), one of their duties is to empty out the clean dishes and put them up on the counter all sorted into groups. It was the smartest thing I ever started doing. I still have to lift some of them into the cabinets, but it saves me from having to do it!


  50. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — October 22, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    Does your dishwasher at least dry your glasses and mugs the whole way? Dishwasher unloading would suck so much less if you didn’t have to dump the water out of the top (really the bottom flipped over) of the mugs and have it drip all over the place. Yuck.


    • Jessica — October 23rd, 2012 @ 7:27 am

      NO. it dries nothing. super annoying.



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