Sesame Chicken was one of my favorite things to eat pre-IBS/GERD (pizza still tops the list, though. I mean come on, it’s pizza). So second to pizza, it’s what I have been missing the most since having to alter my eating habits.
It’s amazing though how once you’re away from certain foods for a while, you no longer really remember exactly what they tasted like; often this means you can figure out healthy substitutes that will resonate with the same key flavors and undertones but without all the added calories, fat and troublesome ingredients. Sesame oil can be problematic if overused, but with the quantity in this recipe (and the amount actually consumed in a serving), it should be just fine for most (hopefully all) heartburn, acid reflux and/or GERD sufferers.
That’s definitely true with these delicious morsels. Biting into these you get the crispness of the cucumber paired with the salty yet slightly sweet chicken mixture all with the underlying sesame flavor. I must say, it’s divine. Even Ilya said they were amazing, and when probed further advised me that they were not just amazing considering they are healthy, but were simply amazing. Period. I take that as fairly high praise, since Ilya’s love of sesame chicken is pretty on par with mine.
Downsides to these are that you can only have so much cucumber in one sitting when following the Low FODMAP food plan (which really means anyone with IBS), so there’s also only so much filling you can cram into them. Because of this, I would say a serving of these would be more of a snack than a meal. However, if you ate something else with them, like some Almond Dream Yogurt or a plain baked potato, they could indeed turn into a nice lunch.
Personally, I don’t care what category they fall under because they’re delicious. Cut the cucumbers even a tiny bit smaller and these would be an excellent bite size appetizer.