In the video above, chef and former Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite shows you how to create sweet and sticky black sesame chicken with rice, using just five ingredients.
This is the fifth episode in a series showcasing deliciously simple recipes you can create at home, with each recipe only requiring five ingredients to complete (excluding kitchen essentials such as salt, pepper, butter and oil).
- 50ml dark soy sauce, plus extra to serve (optional)
- 50g black sesame seeds, plus extra to serve (optional)
- 125g runny honey
- 8 skinless, boneless chicken thigh fillets
- 300g basmati rice
- Sea salt flakes
- Olive oil
Preheat oven to 200C/gas mark 6.
Place the soy, sesame seeds and honey into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for a few minutes until well mixed, then add a pinch of salt and stir through.
Place the chicken thighs in a roasting dish and pour over the sauce. Coat the chicken pieces well, then roast in the oven for 30 minutes, uncovered.
While the chicken roasts, cook the rice. Rinse the rice well in a sieve under cold running water until the water runs clear.
Tip the rice into a saucepan and cover with water – you need the water to be a good 2cm above the surface of the rice. Add a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of oil, and then bring the pan to the boil.
Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan with a lid and gently cook the rice for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to rest with the lid on for a good 10 minutes or more.
Leave the chicken in the roasting dish and drain the sauce into another saucepan.
Bring the sauce to the boil and reduce until it’s a little thicker and stickier. Pour it back over the meat, then serve the sticky chicken over the rice, and feel free to add extra sauce and seeds.
In last week’s episode, John shares his recipe for roasted radicchio and figs with stilton and balsamic onions.
Filmed on location at at John Whaite's Kitchen Cookery School