This Homemade Skinny Orange Sesame Chicken is made in only 20 MINUTES!
Usually, this dish is served deep fried from typical restaurants. This version is lightened up and made more “real” in a few ways.
First, the chicken is sautéed rather than deep fried. Second, the sauce doesn’t contain any refined sugar- just honey and fresh orange juice for sweetness.
Finally, serving this on a bed of brown rice is far healthier than the refined white stuff you’d get with take-out.
All-in-all, this is a pretty darn healthy meal. And it takes SO LITTLE time to make!
Because the chicken is cut into 1-inch pieces, it cooks up in only about five minutes. The sauce is simply mixed together and heated for a few minutes in the same skillet as the chicken.
As long as you have cooked rice ready to go, you’ll have dinner on the table in less than twenty minutes with this recipe.
Recipe below- enjoy!
Skinny Orange Sesame Chicken
- 1 lb chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 breasts)
- kosher salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- juice and zest of one orange
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated (about a 1" piece)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds plus more for garnish
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- cooked rice, noodles, sesame seeds, and sliced green onions for serving (optional)
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sauté on medium-high in a large skillet until fully cooked through (about 5 minutes).
- Meanwhile, whisk together all remaining ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup.
- Remove the cooked chicken to a plate.
- Add the sauce to the skillet and continue to heat on medium-high, stirring with the whisk, until thickened (about three minutes).
- Add the chicken back into the skillet and stir to cover in sauce.
- Serve chicken on brown rice with green onions and more sesame seeds, if desired.
Nutrition Information Disclaimer
The provided nutrition information is my best estimate and does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information. Feel free to calculate it yourself using one of these tools: