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Chicken Fries and the Sesame Seed Flour Experiment
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It was 8:30 p.m. and I was staring at the chicken breast that I had taken out earlier to defrost for supper. I was thinking to eat or not to eat? I’m having one of those days where I’m just not hungry!!! One of the wonderful and sometimes annoying benefits of a low carb diet. I often ponder, should you force yourself to eat or just let your stomach tell you?
I decided to cook the chicken. My plan was to make chicken nuggets with almond flour. I looked in my fridge where I store my nut flours. NO almond flour. I live in two places so I often forget what I have in stock in one fridge verses the other one. Then the thought came to me. Sesame seeds! Use sesame seeds as a coating. I have a huge bag of sesame seeds that I bought from the Bulk Barn and I still haven’t used any of them. Then I had a second flash of brilliance, why not try to make flour out of the sesame seeds! I pulled out my nut (coffee) grinder and got to work. Let me share a secret, and don’t laugh. The grinder terrifies me! Every time I press the button I jump. It’s the noise and the stuff inside jumping all around, it makes me feel like the thing is going to explode.
I survived the grinder. I seasoned the flour with my favourite spices and breaded the chicken. Watched it cook, expecting it to fail somehow. I tasted the finished product and WOW! I prefer it over the almond flour coating. In the words of Kelly The Happy Texan, definitely good eats!
I ran a test on fatsecret.com to compare the two flours.
Fat(g) Carbs(g) Fiber(g) Net C(g)Prot(g) KCals
¼ cup almond flour 14.00 6.00 3.0 3.00 6.00 160
¼ cup sesame seeds 18.00 9.76 6.3 3.46 6.36 213
Result, sesame seeds are higher in carbs than almond flour but not by much. Consider it a great alternative for someone who is allergic to nuts. Sesame seeds are CHEAP! With that being said, I plan on using this flour a lot more in the future.
Sesame Seed Chicken Fries Recipe:
· 1 uncooked chicken breast cut into strips
· ½ cup of sesame seeds
· 2 tsp of cayenne
· 1 tbsp of onion powder
· 1 tsp of garlic powder
· Dash of sea salt
· 1 whisked egg
1. Grind the sesame seeds in a grinder.
2. Add the cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder and salt to the flour.
3. Dip the chicken strip in the whisked egg.
4. Dip the egg coated chicken strip in the flour mixture.
5. Place in a frying pan with some cooking fat (I drizzled extra virgin olive oil in mine).
6. Chicken is done when no longer pink inside.
Carol Lovett is a Canadian, Capricorn sun, Scorpio rising, reflector in human design, reiki master, crystal healer, foodie, and creator of Ditch the Wheat. She focuses on creating recipes that are gluten free and caters to other food sensitivities. She is the Globe and Mail bestselling author of Ditch the Wheat.