Orange Sesame Chicken

Serves 4

This delicious Chinese favourite is actually a quick and easy dish to make.  The full bodied sauce only requires a few ingredients, but the taste is pretty amazing.  The taste is a combination of tangy, spicy and sweet melded into a finger-licking good sticky sauce!  The toasted sesame seeds give it a nice crunch providing the perfect contrast to the tender chicken.  Let’s get started.

Orange Sesame Chicken

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Orange Sesame Chicken – Recipe


For Sauce:

  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce (scant)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 large orange (zested and juice of half)*
  • 4 small red chilies, sliced thin (mine were really spicy so I used 4, but adjust to taste)
  • 1” piece of ginger, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. corn starch

For Cooking:

  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1.5 – 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, fat trimmed and sliced thin with the grain

For Topping:

  • 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced thin on the diagonal (optional)
  • 2 small red chilies, sliced thin (optional)

*I used a really large orange so half the juice was plenty, but if you’re using a small or less juicy one, juice the whole thing.


  1. In a bowl, add corn starch and soy sauce and whisk together until smooth.  Add all other sauce ingredients and combine.  Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large, non-stick pan on medium-high.  Add the chicken and sauté until no longer pink, 3 -5 minutes.  It will not be completely cooked.
  3. Add sauce and stir to combine.  Sautee until sauce starts to thicken, 1 minute.
  4. Cover loosely, turn down heat to medium and cook until chicken is completely done, 5 – 10 minutes.

Orange Sesame Chicken Sauce

Sauce for Orange Sesame Chicken

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Dish out, top with toasted sesame seeds, green onions and small red chilies and serve with hot white rice.  This orange sesame chicken has such a nuanced flavour perfectly balanced by the spiciness of the chilies, the citrusy tang of the orange and the mild sweetness of the honey.


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