Lighter Sesame-Orange Chicken


I love trying new recipes and making something a little extra “special” on Friday nights.  Something a little better than my usual kale with tuna and hot sauce concoction.  This weekend, I was in the mood for Asian flavors- soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame, and did a quick search for Sesame-Garlic chicken.  The results were lots of recipes that included all of those flavors, plus others, like orange, chile, etc.  I took a combination of those recipes and made my own “lightened” version (but not light on the flavor!)DSC_0001



Lighter Orange-Sesame Chicken
Tastes like your favorite Chinese restaurant dish, but lighter and so easy to make at home.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. For the chicken;
  2. 3 chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch pieces
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. 1 egg white
  5. 2 Tbs corn starch
  6. 2 Tbs cooking oil (sesame oil is best, if you have it)
  7. 1 large head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  8. 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
  9. boiled rice
  10. green onion, sliced
  11. For the sauce;
  12. 2 Tbs toasted sesame seeds
  13. 1/2 c light soy sauce
  14. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  15. 1 in. cube of ginger, minced
  16. juice from 1 orange
  17. 1 tsp orange zest
  18. 1 tsp chili flakes, or to taste
  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper
  2. In a separate bowl, mix egg white and corn starch together
  3. Heat oil in a pan. When the pan is hot, cover the chicken with the corn starch mixture and add to the frying pan
  4. Allow the chicken to cook through and get brown, 3-4 minutes per side
  5. In a separate pan, quickly steam the broccoli and pepper slices until they are cooked, but still crunchy and bright
  6. When they finish, remove them from heat and set aside
  7. While the chicken cooks, prepare the sauce. To a separate bowl, add the sesame seeds, soy sauce, orange juice, garlic, ginger, chili flakes, and orange zest.
  8. When the chicken is cooked, add the vegetables and the sauce and stir everything to combine. Allow it to heat through and then remove from heat.
  9. Serve over steamed white rice with sliced green onion and extra sesame seeds for garnish.
  1. You may want to make an extra batch of "sauce" so that each person can add more if they would like.
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