Sesame Orange Chicken

I love cooking, but I love the occasional  take out too. Especially Chinese take out and we are crazy about the food at Panda Express. But the occasional was happening too often and reading the calories on each item really started to worry me, especially their orange chicken which is was my favorite. So we decided to stop going there for a while. Every time we passed an outlet, I would stare at it longingly and my cravings were just becoming unbearable.
So I started my hunt for an easy lower fat recipe. I read several, that called for ingredients I didn't have in my pantry and I wasn't going to buy any more sauces! So I just put together whatever I had, drawing ideas from what I'd read and came up with this. Were my craving satisfied?? YESS!! Different from what they serve at Panda, but really really good. Plus the satisfaction of it being home made and non-fried...I was one Happy Gal!!

Sesame Orange Chicken

1 lb chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
2 tbs all purpose flour
2 tbs cornflour
1 small egg
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tbs ginger garlic paste
salt to taste
3 tbs orange marmalade
1 tbs sugar, more or less depending on the sweetness of the marmalade
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp red chili flakes, adjust according to taste
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs chopped ginger garlic
1 tbs toasted sesame seeds

Take chicken, flours, pepper powder, ginger garlic paste, egg and salt in a bowl and mix everything together.
Heat 1 tbs oil in a wok on medium high heat. Add the chicken mixture and stir fry till the chicken is browned and cooked completely. Take care not to overcook the chicken. Keep aside.
In a small bowl mix together orange marmalade, sugar, soy sauce, red chili flakes and vinegar with a whisk.
Heat the same wok on medium heat with 1 tsp oil and fry the ginger garlic for a few seconds and then add the marmalade mixture. Simmer for a couple of minutes and add the chicken. Mix till all the chicken is well coated with the sauce. Check the seasoning and then stir fry for another minute and then mix in the sesame seeds. Serve hot.


  1. Not only calories, chinese food is loaded with High sodium! It is always better to replicate their food at home. This one should be tasty and orangey!

  2. Luks delicious n is new to me

  3. This is a simple recipe. Love the flavor of oranges and this sounds delicious...

  4. It must bring a different flavour...Looks delicious and lovely!

  5. this chicken is really new n interesting to new...temtping click and dish looks mouthwatering!

  6. Cant take my eyes from ur clicks,highly inviting..

  7. My hus loves Chinese food n I'm sure he wud beg me to try making this at home if he knew. I'm sure it tasted really yummm!


  8. Yum Purnima, that does look good indeed. Another delicious destination for my homemade marmalade!

  9. Hi Poornima,
    Yes, just got back to blogging.I'm well n hope the same with you. That orange chicken looks yum.I personally love panda express pepper chicken and cashew chicken. Waiting for you to try out those recipes and let me know :)


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