Spicy Orange Sesame Chicken


Recipe #6 in our Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration series is a  dish that deserves a spot at your SuperBowl party buffet table! Great as appetizers…and even as main dish.  Added chili peppers for a little bit of a kick. This recipe was adapted from recipe #129598 at Recipezaar and as always, tweaked to suit our taste buds. In addition to the chilies, I also added orange juice.


  • 3 pieces boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • oil for frying
  • sesame seeds for garnish


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon cooking wine or dry sherry
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tbs grated orange peel
  • 1 tbs sambal oelek or crushed chili peppers


  • 1/2 cup orange juice or the juice of 2 large oranges
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • 4 tbs sweet mirin sauce
  • 3 tbs cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbs of water
  • 1 /4 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 2 tbs grated orange peel


  1. Mix the marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken for 20 minutes.
  2. Prepare the sauce by mixing together all of the sauce ingredients. Pour in a small pan and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Turn the heat down to low and keep warm.
  3. In a separate pan or wok, heat oil enough for deep frying.
  4. Add the marinated chicken pieces a few at a time, and deep-fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels then place on a large platter and pour the sauce over. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  5. Serve with hot steamed rice or by itself as appetizers.


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» karla said: { Mar 17, 2009 - 12:03 }

this food looks really good:)

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