Garlic Sesame Broccoli Rabe with Panko Crusted Chicken

This is a delicious dish featuring broccoli rabe and one of the top 10 foods on Google’s Year in Search list: chicken

Andy Boy

Google recently released its annual Year in Search list, which included the top 10 most searched recipes of 2015. The list is as follows:

  1.      Pumpkin Seed Recipes
  2.      Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
  3.      Philly Cheese Steak Recipe
  4.      Chicken Recipes
  5.      Apple Pie Recipe
  6.      Brownie Recipe
  7.      Pesto Recipe
  8.      Pancake Recipe
  9.      Cabbage Recipes
  10.     Chili Recipe


This is a delicious dish featuring broccoli rabe and one of the top 10 foods on Google’s Year in Search list: chicken.



For the chicken:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 Cup honey mustard
  • 3/4 Teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 Cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 10 Ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips

For the dressing:

  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

For the broccoli rabe:

  • Salt, to taste
  • 10 Ounces broccoli rabe, chopped into one-inch pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons flavorless oil, like canola
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced


For the chicken:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment and set it aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey mustard, and ½ teaspoon of salt and submerge the chicken. Cover and let marinate for 5 minutes at room temperature.

In a separate dish, mix together the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt, the bread crumbs, and the toasted sesame seeds. When the chicken is done marinating, using tongs, work a few strips at a time to transfer it to the bread crumb mixture. Coat all sides of the chicken in the bread crumbs, and then transfer it to the baking sheet.

Lightly spray the tops of the chicken strips with cooking spray and then bake for 20 minutes, until lightly browned and cooked through.

Let cool slightly and then chop into 1-inch pieces.

For the dressing:

Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.

For the broccoli rabe:

While the chicken is baking, prepare the broccoli rabe. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the broccoli rabe. Cook for 1-2 minutes and then drain, rinsing under cold water to stop the cooking process. Pat the broccoli rabe dry.

Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute, and then add the broccoli rabe with a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, for 5 more minutes. Taste and add additional salt if desired.

Place the broccoli rabe and chicken in a large bowl and drizzle on the dressing. Toss to coat. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

Garlic Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Garlic Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.