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Honey Orange Sesame Chicken

This honey orange sesame chicken dish is an easy, healthy takeout fake-out recipe you can make in minutes at home. Sticky, sweet and delicious!

Honey Orange Sesame Chicken |

The amount of Chinese food + couch lounging + Netflix watching that goes on in our house in the winter is kinda embarrassing.

Let’s just say that the Peking Court man knows my voice by now and starts our conversation with “you want large wonton soup, right?”

Yes, yes I do, kind sir.

I go on to order whatever else we’re in the mood for at the time and then proceed to wake up no less than 2 times in the middle of the night completely parched from all the salt I consumed earlier.

I tell myself I should just make my own “takeout” (like sweet and sour tofu) and then forget about it until the next 3 am water wakeup.

This honey orange sesame chicken dish is an easy, healthy takeout fake-out meal you can make in minutes at home.

Today, we’re making that happen though.

You order Chinese and you want, sticky, sweet, saucy goodness, right?

This orange sesame chicken recipe made with honey is all those things, minus the truck load of salt (and god knows what else) and made in 20 minutes flat. It’s like gochujang chicken just without the fiery kick.

Craving seafood, try this general tso’s shrimp instead. Same deal with the addicting sauce and only 10 minutes start to finish for that dish!

Sorry, Mr. Peking Court, it might be awhile until we meet again.

Looking for a slow cooker version of Chinese takeout?

Try this slow cooker honey garlic chicken recipe, it won’t disappoint!

And my Kung Pao chickpeas are the perfect vegetarian take on that Chinese takeout menu favorite!

Love this honey orange sesame chicken recipe?

Try these other Chinese recipes: Chinese Chicken ZoodlesHot and Sour Egg Drop Soup, and Spicy Beef and Red Pepper Rice Bowl.

This garlic chicken bite recipe also uses bite-sized chicken breasts for an easy one skillet meal.

Honey Orange Sesame Chicken

This honey orange sesame chicken dish is an easy, healthy takeout fake-out meal you can make in minutes at home. Sticky, sweet and delicious!
4.3 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs cut into small chunks
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil for cooking
  • 1/2 pound green beans trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Toss chicken with salt, pepper and flour in a large bowl until fully coated with the flour.
  • Add the coconut oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add the chicken to the skillet and brown on one side.
  • While chicken browns, whisk together the orange juice, honey, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic and soy sauce in a small bowl.
  • When the chicken is browned on the one side (about 5 minutes), turn the pieces over and add the green beans. Cover with a lid and cook for about 5-7 minutes until the green beans are cooked but still crispy.
  • Remove the lid from the skillet, add the sauce, toss to combine and cook, uncovered over medium heat for another 3-5 minutes until the sauce reduces, thickens and coats the chicken and green beans.
  • Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top and serve with cooked rice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 411mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 25g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine Chinese
Course Main Dishes
Keyword honey orange sesame chicken, orange sesame chicken

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

Recipe Rating


Monday 21st of February 2022

Am I able to use a different oil or will that affect the consistency/flavor?

Gina Matsoukas

Monday 21st of February 2022

Yes, you can.

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I made this last night for company (another mom with young children) and it was a hit! This made a lot of sauce so I poured the extra sauce once I scooped out the chicken and green beans on a platter into a side bowl that could be poured overtop as desired. Delish and very light. Paired it with a light fried rice on the side. I like that this recipe used coconut oil as the base oil which did well with high heat. Can't wait to make it again!!

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