This is my first time participating in the “Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger” event organized by Sea at Book of Yum. Last month, I tried several recipes posted by other gluten-free bloggers, and they were all good. So, I had a little trouble deciding which one to write about. Then I noticed last week that Natalie at Gluten-Free Mommy is back to posting recipes on her website. I thought it would be a great opportunity to feature one of her recipes and welcome her back. For years, her blog has been a great resource for families trying to cook fabulous gluten-free meals. She’s also the originator of the Gluten Free Menu Swap, a weekly event where gluten-free bloggers share their menus to help give meal ideas to others navigating the gluten-free diet. (Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness has been carrying on the Gluten-Free Menu Swap while Natalie was on maternity leave. Thanks Cheryl!)
Congratulations to Natalie and her family for the arrival of her third son, Asa. Sounds like everything is going well with the Gluten-Free Mommy. She even posted a picture of the new little cutie along with a recipe for a Cherry Crisp that looks fantastic. However, I didn’t choose the Cherry Crisp for the Adopt-a-Blogger event. Instead, I chose her recipe for Sesame Chicken. It’s an old favorite of mine that I haven’t eaten for years. So, I was anxious to give it a try.
My husband and I agreed, it was wonderful — just like we were hoping. I prepared the recipe as written, with the exception of using chicken breasts instead of tenders. I don’t think it made any difference, however I probably should have cut thinner & smaller pieces. I think thinner pieces probably would’ve cooked up faster and crispier. I also would’ve put more peppers in. I only used three, thinking I would keep it mild for the kids. Next time I make it, I’ll use at least six peppers to raise the heat a little. But — Wow! — this was really good. It was so good, that now we want to try some other variations: adding a little citrus flavor with lemon zest or orange juice, and maybe using shrimp or tofu instead of chicken.
So, what did the kids think? Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to convince my kids to try it with the sauce. Lately, they don’t want to try anything new. Fortunately, I had set aside some pieces of the cooked chicken before I added it to the sauce. Without the sauce, they thought it was great: “Great chicken nuggets, Mom.” Always good to hear. Thanks, Natalie, for sharing this recipe. We really enjoyed it, and look forward to trying more of your recipes — maybe the Cherry Crisp next.