Sunday Dinner: Garlic Sesame Chicken Tenders

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Today’s Sunday Dinner features Sesame Chicken Tenders with a garlic-soy dipping sauce… I picked a relatively low carb recipe for the tenders partly because I’m on a mild low carb diet (advised by a doctor, not a magazine) myself, but also because using flour or bread crumbs will detract from the sesame flavor, which I love. The fat is mostly the good kinds of fat your body really needs, and with the rest of the meal it’s pretty well balanced against the protein and carbs.

Purple plate with silverware


  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Spread the sesame seeds on wax paper and sprinkle a little salt and pepper into them (be sparing – you can add more later). Beat the egg white white in a shallow bowl. Coat the chicken tenders with the egg white. Roll them in the seeds & seasonings until they’re coated in sesame seeds. Heat your tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. Add the tenders and cook them on medium for about 2 minutes per side – they should be golden when they’re cooked through. While they’re cooking, you can add more salt and/or pepper if you want (go by the smell).

Garlic Dipping Sauce

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons pepper sauce (tobasco or similar)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar

Mince the garlic, mix everything together well, then serve in small custard dishes for dipping the tenders.

Cucumber Salad

This isn’t Asian, but it’s a great complement to garlic and sesame. You’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 2 diced cucumbers
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: diced peppers

This is a super-easy delicious salad that goes with anything, especially in summertime. Mix it all up in a bowl, salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Bread or Rice

To round out this dinner and add some carbs for balance, serve up an instant packaged rice you like or some bread. Naan is an Indian flat bread that goes well with this meal; you can get a delicious heat and serve version at Trader Joe’s in the frozen foods section. If you can’t find naan, anything will work: dinner rolls, crescent rolls, Italian bread with butter.