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Sesame Orange Chicken Recipe
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Sesame Orange Chicken Recipe

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The enticing aroma of oranges and barbecue awaits you after removing the lid from this tasty dish. Summertime doesn't mean you can't enjoy a hot, hearty meal! If you have a rice cooker, you can make a side dish of rice to serve with the chicken.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2/3 cup honey barbecue sauce
  • 2/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

2 thighs (calculated without rice) equals 486 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 151 mg cholesterol, 682 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 44 g protein.

Directions

  1. Place flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the barbecue sauce, marmalade, orange juice, soy sauce, ginger and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until chicken is tender. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Before sprinkling with sesame seeds, cool chicken mixture. Freeze in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Serve as directed.
    Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Sesame Orange Chicken in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2009, p56

Nutritional Facts

2 thighs (calculated without rice) equals 486 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 151 mg cholesterol, 682 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 44 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"Well, since I didn't have honey BBQ sauce, I used plain BBQ sauce and added 2 tbsp. honey to complete the 2/3 cup. I also used chicken breasts, apricot marmalade and sweetened ginger chips. Then I added green pepper and onion plus 1 tsp. sesame oil. The biggest difference in my dish was doing it in my pressure cooker. It was done in 1 hour and was amazingly tender and delicious!

Thanks for the great recipe, Darlene!"

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Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"I thought this dish was great! Instead of using chicken thighs, I used chicken breasts. I also opted for gluten-free all-purpose flour for our dietary restrictions but the flavor was good. My kids LOVED the orange flavor!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2014

"This is very good if you make some adjustments. As with most of the reviewers, I didn't like the idea of using honey barbecue sauce. I made a sesame ginger marinade as a substitute. Next time I would use more ginger and red pepper flakes. I used sugar-free marmalade, intending to maximize the orange flavor. Using marmalade with sugar would probably give the sauce a flavor similar to that of Panda Express' Orange Chicken. The flour on the chicken acts as a sauce thickener and gives the sauce a perfect consistency."

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Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"The honey BBQ sauce overpowered the orange marmalade. We plan to springboard off this recipe and tweak it so it tastes more like spicy orange chicken at an Asian restaurant"

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Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"Although I thought the flavor was was too "orange-y" for my taste, my family loved it! I would love to make this again, but probably leave out the orange juice and just use the marmalade."

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