sesame orange chicken

Sesame Orange Chicken

When someone thinks "healthy," Chinese foods is rarely the first thing to come to mind. I looove Chinese foods, but rarely ever order it because it's so heavy on the greasy, sticky, salty sauces and so light on the veggies. Once in a while you'll find me with some fried rice, egg rolls, or lo mein, but I have to say this popular take-out dish is quite easy to make yourself (and MUCH healthier). It's been tested and approved my both myself and a client. Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Orange Sesame Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken thighs, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

For the sauce:

  • 3 oranges, zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (if you prefer spice, add more to taste)

Whisk all sauce ingredients together and set aside. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add sauce and chicken. Cook about 30 minutes until the sauce is thick and sticky. Top with sesame seeds and serve with a side of white or brown rice and steamed broccoli.

Tip: Don't have enough time? Throw the chicken and sauce in a slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8. Steam some broccoli in a basket steamer with some cooked, frozen brown rice (takes 5 minutes) and enjoy.