It’s probably pretty obvious the ways in which traditional sesame chicken is a huge problem for those with IBS and/or GERD. Fried chicken pieces are loaded in a sugary sauce, yeah… not very IBS/GERD friendly.
With some modifications, though, it’s possible to have a thoroughly tasty version of sesame chicken that isn’t quite as sweet but actually gives off more sesame flavor, which seems like it should be a crucial component, right?
Anytime you deal with soy sauce and/or oyster sauce, you definitely have to add in some sugar or else you end up with a super salty, potent sauce that basically tastes like straight soy/oyster sauce. I think the end result here is sweet enough to overpower the saltiness of those ingredients without being so sweet that it’s a no-go for us IBS/GERD sufferers.
With that said, for IBS/GERD sufferers there is a decent amount of fat and sugar in this recipe (for anyone without digestion issues, it’s no problem), so just watch your intake of fat/sugar the rest of the day. Maybe skip the high-sugar yogurt and have a lower fat entree for your other protein of the day. It’s worth it to be able to eat this! It felt like eating takeout, but without the guilt and the inevitable flare-up that would occur afterwards.