Sesame chicken with pomegranate and ginger rice

In the ever-evolving world of culinary treats, vegetarian alternatives have taken center stage, offering a diverse array of equally yummy and healthy options. Our Vegetarian Chicken with Soy, Sesame, and Manuka Honey Sauce, paired with fragrant Ginger Rice is a great optipon as a dinner for one with leftovers to take for lunch, or as a meal to cook for sharing with guests. The tantalizing fusion of flavors and textures that make this dish a must-try for both vegetarians and enthusiasts of global cuisine.

Soy: The Protein Powerhouse
At the heart of this delectable dish lies the versatile soy protein, a plant-based powerhouse renowned for its exceptional protein content. Rich in essential amino acids, soy serves as an excellent meat substitute, ensuring a satisfying and nutritious dining experience. Furthermore, soy has been linked to numerous health benefits, including heart health and cholesterol reduction. Its inclusion in this vegetarian chicken dish not only caters to those following a plant-based diet but also provides a wholesome alternative for those seeking a break from traditional meat-centered meals.

Sesame: A Symphony of Nutrients and Flavor
The inclusion of sesame in the sauce brings a beautiful nuttiness to the dish, complementing the soy-based chicken with a symphony of nutrients and distinct flavors. Sesame seeds are a treasure trove of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium, contributing to bone health and overall well-being. Additionally, sesame seeds are rich in healthy fats, including omega-6 fatty acids, which play a crucial role in supporting cardiovascular health. The nutty undertones of sesame enhance the overall taste profile, creating a harmonious blend that tantalizes the taste buds.

Manuka Honey: Nature's Golden Elixir
The sauce is elevated to new heights with the addition of Manuka honey, a golden elixir renowned for its unique health benefits. Sourced from the nectar of the Manuka tree in New Zealand, this honey boasts potent antibacterial properties, making it a formidable ally in promoting a healthy immune system. Manuka honey is also celebrated for its ability to soothe sore throats and aid in digestive health. The inclusion of this sweet nectar in the sauce not only imparts a luscious sweetness but also adds a layer of wellness to the overall culinary experience.

Ginger Rice: A Zestful Twist
Complementing the savory goodness of the vegetarian chicken and its flavorful sauce is the aromatic Ginger Rice. Beyond its culinary appeal, ginger is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The addition of ginger to the rice not only infuses a fragrant twist but also brings a touch of digestive wellness to the meal. Ginger has been traditionally used to alleviate nausea and aid in digestion, making it a welcome addition to this already health-conscious dish.

The Synergy of Health and Flavor:
As we bring together the vegetarian chicken, soy, sesame, Manuka honey sauce, and ginger rice, it becomes evident that this culinary masterpiece is not just a feast for the senses but also a celebration of holistic well-being. Each ingredient has been carefully selected not only for its taste but also for the myriad health benefits it brings to the table.

The soy protein provides a satisfying and protein-packed alternative to traditional chicken, making it an ideal choice for vegetarians and health-conscious individuals alike. Sesame seeds contribute a wealth of essential minerals and healthy fats, enhancing the nutritional profile of the dish while adding a delightful crunch.
The inclusion of Manuka honey elevates the sauce, infusing it with natural sweetness and a host of immune-boosting properties. Beyond its role as a sweetener, Manuka honey brings a touch of luxury to the dish, making it a gourmet experience that goes beyond the ordinary.

Ginger rice, with its aromatic notes and digestive benefits, rounds out the meal, creating a perfect harmony of flavors and health benefits. The ginger not only adds a zesty kick to the rice but also supports digestion, adding an extra layer of wellness to the dining experience.

In the realm of vegetarian cuisine, this simple but delectable Vegetarian Chicken with Soy, Sesame, and Manuka Honey Sauce, paired with Ginger Rice, stands as a testament to the endless possibilities of plant-based cooking. Beyond its mouthwatering flavors and enticing aroma, this dish is a nutritional powerhouse, combining the health benefits of soy, sesame, Manuka honey, and ginger into a single, unforgettable culinary experience.

Whether you're a seasoned vegetarian, a health-conscious food enthusiast, or someone looking to explore new culinary horizons, this dish offers a symphony of tastes and textures that will leave you craving more. Embrace the world of vegetarian delights and savor the goodness of soy, sesame, Manuka honey, and ginger in every tantalising bite.


  • 2 pounds sunfed or vegetarian chicken cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoon flour use a gluten free blend if needed
  •  2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon Manuka Honey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste or sambal oelek
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • Pomegranate arils for serving

Ginger Rice Pilaf

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta use gluten free if needed
  • 1 cup white or brown basmati or jasmine rice
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger grated (or 2 tsp ground ginger)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock

To make the rice, heat a 10-12 inch sided skillet over medium heat. Add the coconut oil and orzo pasta. Allow the pasta to get slightly golden and toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the rice and toast the rice another 2 minutes. Add the ginger and cook 30 seconds longer or until the ginger is fragrant. Slowly pour in the vegetable stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the chicken mix. Add the diced vegetarian chicken to a bowl and toss with the flour to coat.

Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil and sear the chicken in batches until browned on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per batch. Remove the chicken to a plate and carefully wipe the hot skillet or wok clean.

In a glass measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the toasted sesame oil, pomegranate juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, Manuka Honey, garlic and chili paste.

Heat the wok on high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Add the broccoli and mushrooms, cook for 3-5 minutes or until just lightly charred. Reduce the heat to low and slowly pour in the pomegranate/soy mixture. Slide the chicken back in and bring the sauce to a bubble. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken. Remove from the heat and toss with 3 tablespoons sesame seeds.

Divide the rice among plates or bowls. Top with chicken + veggies and then sprinkle with sesame seeds and pomegranate arils.

The Steens Team x

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