orange sesasme chicken

Orange Sesame Chicken

Orange-Sesame Chicken

Chinese is not always healthy so I created my own recipe that is healthy, quick & easy. Once you do the prep, it cooks in less than 10 minutes and toasted sesame oil is key. Get your rice started first and try a side of steamed broccoli. This is really good! - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 2 servings

Orange-Sesame Chicken


    Main Ingredients:
  • about 3/4 pound boneless chicken breast cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • One large orange will provide enough juice
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • Marinade:
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a small zip lock bag. Add chicken and marinate for 15-20 min.
  2. Combine sauce ingredients in a measuring cup.
  3. Heat oil in a pan on medium–high heat and add chicken, discarding marinade. Sauté 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Reduce temperature, add sauce & cook 2-3 minutes until thick.
  5. Stir in sesame oil (and toasted sesame seeds if you like).
  6. Serve over rice. A side of steamed broccoli goes really well.

Note: An easy way to steam broccoli is to put it on top of the rice for the last 3-4 minutes of cooking. By the time the rice stands for 10 minutes, the broccoli is done. (Lift the lid quickly, toss in the broccoli, cover back up)

17 Comments on "Orange Sesame Chicken"

  1. Gloria

    Jenny – should the marinade be drained away before adding chicken to pan?

  2. dora

    jenny i luv this dish !!!!!! it was amazeballs!!!!

  3. ally

    hi jenny, could I use plain sesame oil instead of toasted sesame oil would it make a difference.

    • ally

      Hi jenny,I tried the plain sesame oil ,it turned out really good .this is a really good and easy recipe.

      • Jenny

        I didn’t have a chance to reply earlier but I was going to say not to use plain sesame oil, which has very little flavor. Toasted sesame oil is key to this recipe and if you can find it, I think you’ll see the difference. It’s extremely fragrant!

        • ally

          Hi jenny,you were definitely right the toasted sesame oil is way better for this recipe .

  4. A

    AMZING!!!!! I LOVED it!!!!! Best Orange-Sesame Chicken ever!!!!!!!

  5. Barbie

    Just read this recipe. Want to make it for a group of 25 or more. probably more like 30 or 35 people. so hope I can do this using your recipe which sounds really good thank you.

  6. Sherri

    Jenny, I would love to see a video for this orange sesame chicken recipe. Mine didn’t turn out quite like yours, so I’d like to see what I did different. My sauce wasn’t the nice color yours has and there wasn’t enough of it. Nice flavor though. So, next time I’ll double the sauce, I think. And maybe I need to do the chicken in batches so that it will brown instead of boil.

    • Margot

      Same thing happened to me. Chicken did not brown and neither did the sauce.
      However, it tasted great.

      • Jenny

        My chicken does not brown. The sauce might make it look that way but it’s only the sauce that is brown-ish.

  7. Brenda

    I made the orange chicken and it was another success!! Thank you so much for this website and all your delicious recipes and fun videos!

  8. Julie

    Do I double the sauce recipe if I want to make 4-5 servings?

    • Jenny

      Yes, I would double the sauce. You will love this dish!

  9. Susieq

    HI Jenny,
    Just made your Orange-Sesame chicken.
    Was very tasty and delicious. So easy and quick to make.
    Keep making more yummy healthy food… 🙂

  10. Liz

    my sesame chicken was awesome, just like the picture. But I used Basmati rice. What a great easy tasty recipe!

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