There was no way I was just calling this recipe Sesame Orange Chicken. I mean, yes, it is orange chicken BUT it’s so much more than that. In my opinion it really is better than take-out and well what’s a better title than “Better Than Take-out Orange Chicken”? I gotta tell it like it is and truthfully I used up my days worth of creativity on the recipe so there you go. That’s what I’m calling it.
Okay, seriously though, this recipe is just plain delicious with a little heat from the Siracha and red pepper and a little sweetness from the honey and orange…yum! This dish is so easy to bring together and makes great leftovers (not that you’re likely to have any!). With just a few simple, fresh ingredients which you probably already have on hand, this makes the prefect weeknight (or weekend) meal when you don’t or can’t spend a ton of time in the kitchen. I serve this over zuchinni noodles but you can easily cook up cauli rice, brown rice or quinoa to serve alongside as well. So on your next take-out night try this recipe instead. It’s a healthy and guilt-free way to enjoy a take-out favorite.
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Better Than Take-out Sesame Orange Chicken
Serves: 4/Cook time: 20 minutes
- 4 organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
- 1 tbsp coconut or avocado oil
- 1/2 c fresh orange juice (about 2 large oranges squeezed)
- 3 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp coconut aminos (okay to use tamari sauce if not paleo)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1 1/2 tsp Sriracha
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- Sesame seeds
- Green onion, chopped
- Prepare chicken and place in a large skillet with oil. Cook over medium heat until brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
- While chicken is cooking, mix the orange juice, honey, coconut aminos, garlic powder, orange zest, Sriracha, ginger and red pepper in a small bowl and whisk.
- When chicken is done add the sauce mixture and the coconut flour to the pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until it thickens, about 10 minutes.
- Add sesame seeds to pan and give a final toss.
- Plate over fresh steamed veggies, zuchinni noodles or cauliflower rice to complete the meal. Top with chopped green onion if desired.