Friday, January 9, 2009

Vegan Orange Sesame Grilled "Chicken" Tenders

I've decided that I skipped several decades of my life, maturing directly from teenage hooligan to little old lady. I write this post from Flagstaff, Arizona, where I'm helping my best friend move into her new digs. Today, to decompress, I took entirely too much joy from unpacking, organizing and cleaning every nook and cranny of her new kitchen. Domestic tasks have become my go-to stress reliever and source of happiness, and I'm starting to wonder if I'm loosing my wild side. I felt the glow of satisfaction that, at my age, should be derived from a hot, steamy hook-up or a night of drunken, spray-painting revelry.

Seeing a smile spread across some one's face when they enjoy my food gets me all hot and bothered in a similar fashion. My little sister has always been the harsh food critic in the family. That's my really eloquent way of saying she was one hell of a picky eater. If it's mushy, sauce-covered or smells funny, she scrunches up her nose in disgust. Did I mention she's 21?
If I can impress her, I know I've cooked up something really special.

As a little girl, her go-to meal was chicken fingers and french fries...but not just any french fries. They had to be fried crispy on the outside, the potato still creamy on the inside. And she wouldn't eat potatoes any other way. She'd eat pasta, but really only cavatelli noodles. She would never eat them with the tomato sauce covering the noodles, but would request a bowl of sauce on the side and dip each individual noodle to the saturation of her liking before consumption.

She didn't always have such restraint, though. I'd say her finickiness set in around the age of 3. I remember one day during her Terrible Twos, she, my mother and I were rooting through the woods looking for color-changed leaves to mail to our cousins in California. All of a sudden, my mother and I hear her cry out "Mmmmm!!! Boo-berries!" , only to turn around and discover she'd devoured several foreign berries off of a shrub that she believed were blueberries. Needless to say, the Youngstown Poison Control center got to know us very well that day.

With age, she's slowly becoming more adventurous. She loved my Seitan Meatballs, which really made my day. I made these Vegan "Chicken" tenders knowing that her palate could discern good from bad, and I think you'll really enjoy them as well.

Vegan Orange Sesame Grilled "Chicken" Tenders

  • 2 lbs Seitan "Chicken" breasts (Recipe Follows)
  • 3 TBSP Dijon Mustard
  • 3 TBSP Frozen Organic Orange Juice Concentrate, thawed
  • 3 TSBP Light Agave Nectar
  • 2 tsp Light Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground White Peppercorns
  • Salt, to taste
Cut each Seitan "Chicken" crosswise into 3/4-inch-wide strips. In a large bowl, whisk together
Dijon, OJ concentrate, Agave, Sesame Oil, Salt and White Pepper. Add the "Chicken" Tenders, and toss well to combine. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

If you've got a stove-top grill pan, fantastic! Get it preheating. Of course, you can also preheat an actual grill, skillet or broiler. Lightly oil pan/rack, then remove the chicken
strips from the marinade. I reserved the marinade to use as a dipping sauce, and found it to be quite delicious. Grill or broil until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with Sesame Seeds and Enjoy!

Oh. In case photo 1 wasn't enough, here's a little back-side action:


Gina said...

Those look awesome! I thought my family was picky, but they can't compare to your sister :)

Anonymous said...

I'm the same way. When I reach that perfect yet rarely attained point of having my house sparkling clean and everything organized and in it's right place, down to the very last paperclip and sock... it's nothing short of orgasmic.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Your faux-meat skills are entirely awesome. No wonder your sister liked these--who wouldn't?

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I need to get some Mimicreme & get to work on making your recipes!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and as to a breakfast party, yes, please please please!!! :) (Wish I could just jet over there and set something up. . .sigh).

Amira said...

yum they look superb!
I loved reading this post, i'm really glad i found you r blog :)
have a fantastic day

Sophia Lee said...

congrats. you just made vegan food look absolutely orgasmically delectable. wow!

miss v said...

i've never been a fan of the 'orange' chicken flavour. but the rest of the recipe looks insanely good. i'm thinking maybe a little thai peanut would suit my palate with these...

Sophia Lee said...

btw, are you vegan because of ethical or religious or nutritional issues?

alaina said...

haha, sounds like my brother. i think he's actually afraid of my cooking.

Ruby Red said...

Wow, your sister would be totally missing out if she didn't like these! I would gladly fight for a place at your family's dinner table even just for one of those tenders.

By the way, I think our sisters must have been separated at birth. Mine turns 21 next year and is as every bit as picky as your sister... Her staple meals are cheese nachos, honey butter biscuits from Church's chicken, frozen pepperoni pizza rolls, Goldfish, Keebler's trans-fatty cookies, and she refuses to eat much of anything else. AHHH! I do have to give her credit though, because she actually ate tofu scramble the other day at a vegan restaurant her roommate wanted to go to with me. Maybe your sis should give my sis a call and tell her how good seitan is!

Sophia Lee said...

I know what you mean about the great blogging community! I love it as well...
I just checked out your personal's awesome!