Orange Sesame Chicken & Broccoli (Whole30)

Forget takeout, this is FAKEout! I’m kicking off the weekend with one of my absolute favorite dinners, Orange Sesame Chicken served with perfectly steamed broccoli. Because when Friday night rolls around, I can’t help but to think about something a little more fun for dinner, except I don’t want to feel awful afterwards. That’s what’s so cool about this recipe – I came up with it as a real food version of the classic takeout favorite. But the best part? My kids LOVE it. It makes me really happy to see them enjoying good meals made with clean, whole ingredients.

When I first made this Orange Sesame Chicken and Broccoli a few years back, I was really struggling with food boredom in my Whole30. It’s super hard for me to stay motivated or focused on my goals when I feel like that, so I’ve made it a point to try at least one new recipe per week. Pinterest is an awesome way to find cooking inspiration, even when I feel so “eh” about everything (Come follow me there– I only pin the most mouthwatering recipes!). Sometimes I discover something really great, and other times, it’s a total failure. But I keep reminding myself to  try again, and it gets a little easier every round. And that carries over into my food freedom, which is one of the b e s t non-scale victories yet. A new frame of mind!

This Orange Sesame Chicken is definitely a winner – it’s my most made recipe to date, and it always gets great reviews! Have you made this before? Let me know what you think and leave a review in the comments section below!

Whole30 Orange Sesame Chicken and Broccoli

Try this a great dinner recipe for a clean and delicious Whole30 take on Chinese takeout. Kid friendly and super flavorful! The sauce freezes perfectly – just double the recipe and save half for another day! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Chicken & Broccoli

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup orange hoisin sauce see below⠀
  • 4 cups broccoli florets⠀
  • 1 tsp salt⠀
  • 1 tsp pepper⠀
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Orange Hoisin Sauce ⠀

  • 2 tbsp compliant almond butter⠀
  • zest and juice of 1 orange ⠀
  • 2 cloves garlic⠀
  • ½ inch peeled ginger, about 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar⠀
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste⠀
  • 3-4 dates⠀
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos⠀
  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice seasoning
  • 2 tsp sesame oil⠀
  • ½ tsp chili powder⠀
  • 1 tsp salt⠀
  • ½ tsp pepper ⠀

Instructions

Chicken & Broccoli

  1. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, about 1 inch. 

  2. Add the ghee to a large skillet over high heat, and add in the chicken. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until mostly cooked through. 

  3. Add the sauce to the pan, bring to a simmer, and allow to cook in the sauce for another 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

  4. In a separate skillet, steam the broccoli over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until bright green (careful not to overcook it). 

  5. Serve by plating the chicken and broccoli, then top each serving with green onions and sesame seeds.

Orange Hoisin Sauce

  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. 

  2. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for about five minutes, then pour into your blender or food processor. 

  3. Blend on high until smooth and strain through cheesecloth (not 100% necessary, but I like the texture better). Thin with more orange juice is necessary to get the desired consistency.