Crispy Orange Sesame Honey Chicken

By Erika on September 3rd, 2012 / / 4 Comments

Crispy Orange Sesame Honey Chicken | The Hopeless Housewife

Yield: Serves 2

Orange Sesame Honey Chicken


For the chicken and marinade:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons peanut or canola oil

For the sauce:

  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed then minced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 cup orange juice (about 2 oranges)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

Other ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch for dusting chicken
  • 2-3 cups canola or other high-heat-oil for frying
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion, cut on the diagonal into 1/2" pieces (white and been parts)


  1. Gently whisk the egg white, corn starch, rice wine vinegar and oil in a medium bowl. Add chicken breast chunks and stir to coat. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes up to 2 hours. This will make the chicken nice and tender.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat canola oil and sauté garlic until translucent, about 30 seconds-1 minute. Be careful not to burn! Add vinegar and stir well. Mix in orange juice, orange zest, chicken stock, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and salt. Cook until it reduces a bit, about 15 minutes. Stir in cornstarch mixture and let bubble until thickened. Season to taste with salt.
  3. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. When water is at a rolling boil, add marinated chicken pieces into water. Let cook about 30 seconds- 1 minute until opaque. Drain in strainer and and toss cubes in cornstarch. Shake off excess before frying.
  4. Heat oil for frying in a wok over high heat. When oil just begins to smoke, add 1/2 the chicken stir until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with other half of the chicken and drain on paper towels.
  5. Toss Chicken in warmed orange sauce and stir to coat. Serve and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.

show comments 4 responses

  • Jenny says:

    This looks good – but what is “cornstarch for dating chicken”?

    • Erika Erika says:

      whoops! Auto-correct! just changed to “dusting” although dating a chicken would be interesting 🙂 ! ! Sorry for the confusion!

  • Shelly says:

    This looks really good! I do have one question before I attempt to replicate and that is why do you boil the chicken for 30 seconds to 1 minute before dusting in cornstarch?

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