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Orange Sesame Chicken and broccoli, plated and topped with sesame seeds.

Orange Sesame Chicken and Broccoli (Whole30)

Try this a great dinner recipe for a clean and delicious Whole30 take on Chinese takeout. Not only is it kid friendly and super flavorful, but it's really easy and it always gets rave reviews!! The sauce freezes perfectly, too - just double the recipe and save half for another day! 
Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chicken, Healthy Dinners, Orange Chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 480kcal


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⠀ or substitute cashew butter or sunflower seed 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
  • 2 tsp sesame oil⠀
  • ½ tsp chili powder⠀
  • 1 tsp salt⠀
  • ½ tsp pepper ⠀


Make the Orange Hoisin Sauce

  • Add all the sauce ingredients to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. 
  • Lower the heat and allow to simmer for about five minutes, stirring. Pour the mixture into your blender or food processor. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Strain the sauce through cheesecloth (optional, but I like the texture better). If necessary, thin the sauce with more orange juice, a teaspoon at a time, until it reaches the desired consistency.

Cook the Chicken & Broccoli

  • Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, about 1 inch. 
  • 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. 
  • Add the sauce to the pan, bring to a simmer, and allow the chicken to cook in the sauce over medium heat for another 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  • In a separate skillet, steam the broccoli over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until bright green (careful not to overcook it). 
  • Serve by plating the chicken and broccoli, then top each serving with green onions and sesame seeds.


When I make this, I like to double the recipe for just the Orange Hoisin sauce. It freezes great and makes for a fantastic & quick dinner down the road!


Calories: 480kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 1835mg | Potassium: 1289mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 856IU | Vitamin C: 86mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 3mg