Sheet Pan Chili Ginger Orange Chicken and Broccoli. A new go-to meal. Easy homemade crispy chicken tossed in a spicy-sweet sesame chili ginger orange sauce. Serve this dish with broccoli cooked up right alongside the chicken. It’s the easiest sheet pan dinner. Add a side of rice for a main, or serve it on its own as an appetizer. This fun take-out-style dinner is great any night of the week!
Above all, this is up there with some of my top most-loved recipes to date. We absolutely adore this chicken!
I mentioned this in my Sunday post, but only my brothers, Kai and Red, and Red’s girlfriend, Hailey, were here in Colorado last week. The rest of the family went back to their daily lives. So last week was special with just those three here.
I was finally able to make them all the foods they love. Lots of ramen, coconut shrimp, and now, this chicken, which they said was “so good”.
Red sent me a text message saying this, “That chicken last night was so good. Really awesome flavor!”. Woohoo! Red doesn’t send many messages, ever, so I knew this recipe was GOOD.
And what’s even better, aside from the yumminess of this dish, is just how easy it is to prepare. Meaning we can ALL make and enjoy this take-out-style dinner.
I know you will all love this one!
Step 1: start the chicken
Start with the chicken. I use cubed raw chicken – breasts or thighs, or use a mix of the two as I do. Toss the cubed chicken with a mix of fresh orange zest and black pepper. Then add flour and toss again.
The flour allows the chicken to get crispy in the oven. It’s a small amount, so just a very light coating. It’s not a fully bready chicken but breaded just enough so the sauce can stick nicely to the chicken.
Bake the chicken up with a side of broccoli. It takes maybe 20 minutes to cook.
Step 2: the orange sauce
This really is the heart of the recipe. The sauce brings all the flavor. Start with lots of fresh orange zest and juice. Yes, you can use pre-squeezed orange juice, but with citrus now in season, I would highly recommend fresh juice. Nothing can compare!
I used clementines, which made the sauce so yummy. Use whatever oranges you have on hand or whatever looks best at the grocery store.
Mix the orange juice with tamari (or soy sauce), vinegar, and honey. Then, fresh ginger, garlic, chili paste, and a drizzle of toasted sesame oil. The honey replaces the sugar usually found in orange chicken. It works perfectly, and I love the small amount of flavor it adds to the sauce.
For heat, chili paste is the secret. I use gochujang, a Korean chili paste. The Mother in Law’s brand is my favorite, I get the original flavor from Whole Foods.
Lastly, mix in a small amount of cornstarch or flour, then simmer the sauce on the stove to help it thicken.
Step 3: toss the chicken and the sauce
Pour the sauce over the baked crispy chicken and cook the chicken in the sauce. What happens is that the coating soaks up all the sauce. It’s so delish.
Step 4: add rice and enjoy
I always serve the chicken, sauce, and broccoli over steamed rice (I make mine with bone broth for extra protein). Top with lots of green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
The boys (and Hail’s) all agreed that this dish is “fire.” In their language, which in their language means REALLY GOOD.
That should tell you what you need to know right there. This is certainly a must-try recipe.
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Sheet Pan Chili Orange Chicken and Broccoli
Calories Per Serving: 624 kcal
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Chili Ginger Orange Sauce
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or rub with oil.2. On the sheet pan, mix the chicken, orange zest, and pepper. Add the flour and toss again. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, tossing to coat. Arrange the chicken to one side of the baking sheet. Add the broccoli to the other side. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a saucepan, combine all ingredients, then set over medium heat. Bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes, until the sauce bubbles and begins to thicken. Remove from the heat. 4. Remove the broccoli from the sheet pan. Then pour the orange sauce over the chicken and toss the chicken up in the sauce. Bake for another 5 minutes, until the sauce is baked onto the chicken.5. Serve the chicken, broccoli, and orange sauce with green onions and toasted sesame seeds. I love this over rice, but it's also great as an appetizer too!