Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Sesame/Spicy Orange Chicken

My favorite Chinese dish is Orange Chicken. I found this recipe for Sesame Orange Shrimp a couple of years ago, but have made some substitutions that C and I love. We had it again last night. It's stinkin' good. Try it.
Sesame Orange Chicken
from Everyday Food Magazine

2 large egg whites
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup sesame seeds (I usually omit them because they're expensive and it takes the whole container for one meal. We don't miss them.)
salt and pepper
2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more if needed
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 tbs soy sauce (I get the lower sodium kind)
1 tbs sugar
4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced (I also omit these)

To spice it up a bit, I add a bit of crushed red pepper flakes to the batter, as well as to the orange sauce.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, cornstarch, sesame seeds (if using), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper (and crushed red pepper, if using) until frothy. Add chicken, toss to coat.

Heat 1/4 oil in a large nonstick skillet over mid-high heat. Working to 2 or 3 batches, cook chicken until golden and crisp, about 3-4 minutes per side; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Add more oil to skillet if needed and cook remaining batches.

Wipe skillet with a paper towel. Add orange juice, soy sauce, and sugar (and crushed red pepper, if using); boil over high heat until syrupy and reduced to about 1/3 cup, 4-5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet; add scallions (if using) and cook until heated through and coated with sauce, about 1 minute.

Serve with rice or your favorite Chinese noodles.


  1. I cooked your creamy ranch chicken last night. i really enjoyed it! it was very yummy and it is something that is easy and quick enough for me to cook when i get home from work. i've never really done any exotic cooking, although my husband keeps making small suggestions that we should try to do some homemade pad thai. anyway... i will give this one a go and see if i can add some exotic variety to the ole rotation.

    thanks for the recipes!

  2. also..... on your garlic herbed chicken recipe. what is a grill pan? how expensive are they and if they are expensive is there any substitute way of cooking that would do the recipe justice at all?

    thank you

  3. Yeah Nicole! I'm glad you are using the site for its intended purpose! And I appreciate the feedback on the ones you've tried.

    A grill pan is simply an indoor grill (it goes over the stove burners, like a griddle pan for pancakes). I got mine from Williams Sonoma, but they sell them at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. If you have a real grill, use that. You could also make it on a George Foreman grill, if you have that. I would imagine you could probably just saute it in a pan, if you had to, but grilling is good...

  4. George Foreman, perfect. Didn't even think about that.
    I think we will hold off and hope we can get a real grill in the next few years. Thank you!!!

  5. Mmm, good one, Keely. This looks extra tasty.