Tangerine/Orange Sesame Chicken from Angie at the Novice Gardener FF#49

Tangerine/Orange Sesame Chicken

I got this recipe originally from the wonderful, amazingly talented Angie who hosts the fun Fiesta Fridays from her delicious blog, The Novice Gardener, you can find her post here – Tangerine Orange Sesame Chicken

If you are not a Fiesta Fan already but love cooking or at least eating, or in fact looking at beautiful photography, please pop by her blog, it’s well worth the time, I promise you ;-D

Now if you also are interested in trying this recipe, take a gander at her version, because as much as I have re-iterated the bulk of info her’s in fact gives much more information than mine.

Now seriously I had never made a batter before and well I did what most men do when they buy Ikea furniture (hides from any men now), I didn’t read the instructions properly.  I totally  missed that there were TWO batters and that there was a SAUCE…oh my!

What did I do?

I somehow managed to read ingredients from both batters, reading them as one and made some kind of hybrid batter.

I then got out a mini fat fryer that my mother had as new, I point out at this point she passed away some years back and the thing had never been used.

It was missing the handle which at the time I did not think important but oh boy it is very important when trying to prize congealed chicken and batter off the metal basket, which without a handle to lift it out and fat spitting at you is a pretty scary experience.

Also there were no instructions and the lid was cracked, so a lot of hissing could be heard, I half expected a dragon to come flying out every time I lifted the lid or for the whole contraption to explode at some point.

For health and safety reasons it has now found a lovely home in the bin!  Don’t say I don’t put myself in danger for you Angie… 😀

The fun didn’t stop there, also at the last minute I spotted that there was a  sauce, thinking my escapade over I gave a sigh of horror and got preparing again.

So folks please pop by her blog and read the ‘full’ recipe LOL.

Evidence of my cooking below – PS hers looks much better too!!

OH BOY THOUGH THIS TASTES REALLY REALLY GOOD AND WELL WORTH THE EFFORT, YOU ARE MISSING OUT IF YOU DO NOT TRY THIS RECIPE I PROMISE YOU.


Tangerine/Orange Sesame Chicken – as written by Angie from the Novice Gardener

2 chicken breasts (about 1 lb)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp grated orange zest
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
Cooking oil

1. Cut chicken into bite sized or two-bite sized pieces.
2. Marinade chicken with the rest of the ingredients, except for the oil, for about 30 minutes.

The wet batter
This is a thin batter. You can dip chicken pieces in this batter and fry, without further dipping in the dry batter. It will create softer, less crunchy chicken. The choice is yours.

1 egg white
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1. Beat egg with a whisk until foamy and doubled in volume.
2. Add water and flours and whisk until smooth.

The dry batter (for dredging)
This step is what makes the chicken super crunchy. Again, whatever you prefer. We prefer extra crunchy!

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp sesame seeds

1. Combine all ingredients and place on a large plate.

To fry the chicken
1 Heat vegetable oil in a fryer or wok or skillet over medium-high heat. The oil should reach at least 1 inch high inside the pan.
2. Working in batches, dip chicken pieces, one at a time, first into the wet batter, then roll or dredge on the dry batter.
3. Fry until golden and chicken is cooked. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

The sauce
1 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice (or substitute with orange juice)
1/4 cup chicken stock or water
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp finely minced garlic
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp vinegar
2-3 tbsp sugar – alter to sweetness liking
1 tsp tangerine/orange zest
1 tsp sriracha sauce or red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tsp sesame seed oil

1. Place all ingredients, except for the sesame seed oil, in a saucepan. Whisk until well combined.
2. Heat on medium-high heat, while whisking continuously, until sauce is bubbly and thickened.
3. Add sesame seed oil. Only a dash of the strong stuff.

Thank you for reading, I hope you all had a fabulous New Year!

Justine xx

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  36 comments for “Tangerine/Orange Sesame Chicken from Angie at the Novice Gardener FF#49

  1. January 2, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Your chicken looks fabulous! I mean it! Makes me want to dive into that bowl! Happy FF!

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    • January 2, 2015 at 1:07 PM

      Hah thank you coming from you thats a high complimenr. It tasted good even with hybrid batter and dangerous encounters x

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      • January 2, 2015 at 1:09 PM

        Near explosions seem to happen a lot in your kitchen, haha… Actually it did occur once, didn’t it? When you made those cupcakes for sale a long time ago?

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        • January 2, 2015 at 4:09 PM

          erm…erm…no it wasn’t the cupcakes, it was erm some kind of cake ermm you didn’t have to remind me of that did you? blows a raspberry!! 😀

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  2. January 2, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Looks delicious….

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  3. January 2, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Both your chicken dishes look delish! Justine, it’s great that you have such fun in your kitchen! 🙂

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    • January 2, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      hah well explosive fun erm yes and dangerous nearly blowing up activities but that is quite common in my kitchen it certainly is not a tidy place of serenity..grins xxx

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      • January 3, 2015 at 10:09 AM

        As long as it’s home-made, tastes good and you’re having fun, then why not?! ;P

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  4. January 2, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    That looks soooo good!

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    • January 2, 2015 at 6:17 PM

      oh it is honestyl if you like cooking please give it a go, you wont regret it unless you have a dodgy fat fryer like me lol x

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  5. January 2, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    this sounds so amazing!

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  6. January 2, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Yum! Oh I am going to try this, it looks and sounds delicious!!

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    • January 3, 2015 at 1:52 PM

      oh my please do and please tell me how you found it, i loved it soooooo much x

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      • January 3, 2015 at 1:59 PM

        I made fried rice tonight after a long day out with friends. I will get the ingredients for the chicken in the next day or two I think. I got a recipe book for christmas and it has some yummy-sounding Asian soups that I’m dying to try as well x.

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        • January 3, 2015 at 5:20 PM

          oh sounds lovely, i adore Asian food 🙂 x

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          • January 3, 2015 at 10:16 PM

            Me too, my mum thinks I was probably Asian in a previous life – lol! X

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            • January 4, 2015 at 9:58 AM

              haha thats funny! Maybe i was too…I love anything Asian, clothing, jewellery etc, a complete fan x

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  7. January 3, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    Looks gorgeous, Justine! Just the perfect way to start the New Year! Happy 2015 to you! 😀

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    • January 3, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      yes, thank you, truly delicious, you must try if you get time, Happy New year xx

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  8. skd
    January 3, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    From one good cook to another. 👍 Delicious 😋

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  9. January 4, 2015 at 3:50 AM

    I’m so glad that you made one of Angie’s dishes! I’m so excited to be co-hosting this week because Fiesta Friday is truly one of my favorite days of the week. Your chicken dish looks tasty as well, and I’m sure it will be eaten up quickly at the party! I have a few other dishes that I’ve seen at fiestas that I want to make, so I’m going to have to catch up. 🙂

    Happy 2015!

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    • January 4, 2015 at 10:01 AM

      ah yes, well her dish is fabulous, i have been doing ff since it first opened and Angie was my first follower, grins, so I feel terribly bad if I think I cannot make it lol. It has also changed so much from the beginning also, angies pics and dishes are amazing as are others, i save some and my list of to do foods is growing out of control lol x

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  10. January 7, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Oh, Justine! Since I saw Angie’s recipe, I couldn’t get it out from my head. I really hope to make this soon. Yours looks fab. I want to get a plate of rice and eat now! 😀

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    • January 7, 2015 at 12:26 PM

      I know, it was a fab recipe, quite intricate with the batters, hence i went wrong lol, however my hybrid batter worked well though I had to throw the fat fryer away haha. Please do try it and let me and Angie know how much you loved it, because i cant see any way how you wouldnt hehe x

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      • January 7, 2015 at 12:33 PM

        Very well said, if only Angie know how I even dream of it. 😀 This is a sign that I need to make it soon.

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  11. January 9, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    I’m so hungry now Justine!!

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    • January 10, 2015 at 6:26 PM

      haha this is another special dish. it took a while for me to cook, it would be on my specials list, but really amazingly yummy xx Mind you i need a new fat fryer now, i never use them x

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