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Sesame Orange Chicken

Russ Myers


A copy-cat Trader Joe’s Chinese dish, Sesame Orange Chicken has fresh orange juice in the sauce, thickened by the cornstarch dredged on the chicken pieces.

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4 Servings
10 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


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1/2 c
1/2 tsp
black pepper
4 lb
boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite size pieces
1 Tbsp
sesame oil
1/3 c
vegetable or canola oil


1 Tbsp
vegetable or canola oil
3 or 4 clove
garlic, minced
scallions, sliced (save top for garnish)
1 c
tomato sauce
1/2 c
1/4 c
2 Tbsp
chili garlic sauce
1 Tbsp
soy sauce
1 large
orange, juiced
hot cooked rice

How to Make Sesame Orange Chicken


  • 1Place cornstarch and pepper in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.

    In a medium sized sauce pan, sauté garlic and scallion (white portion) in the oil until fragrant. Watch closely so it doesn't burn.
  • 2Add the tomato sauce, water, honey, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce and orange juice. Heat to a boil, then reduce it to simmer for 5-6 minutes.

    To prepare the chicken; in a wok or large sauté pan, on medium-high, heat the oil (sesame/canola combination). Brown the chicken on both sides (approximately 4-5 minutes). Repeat in batches if needed to prevent overcrowding and even cooking of the chicken. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.
  • 3Wipe clean the wok or sauté pan and return the cooked chicken to the pan. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook until slightly thickened.

    Serve over white, brown or no rice, and steamed broccoli.
  • 4Note:
    Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds (pan toasted, if you prefer).

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About Sesame Orange Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Chinese

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