Sesame-Orange Grilled Chicken

Helos everyone! Here I am, back in the kitchen, happy to be cooking again! Today I present a unique recipe – Crispy Orange Grilled Chicken. It essentially is nothing but grilled chicken breasts, but cooked with some crazy marination and sides. We had some chicken breasts in the fridge and I was not enthu enough to dice them and prepare Chinese Schezwan Stir-Fry, and hence looked up on the internet for something new. And this is what I came across!

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You would need:

  • ½ kg (boneless) chicken breasts (2 to 3, depending on their size)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I mixed groundnut oil and olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup toasted breadcrumbs OR rusk OR biscuits OR bread-sticks
  • 1 full orange/mandarin
  • ½ cup orange marmalade (yes, you’ve read it right!)

For the sides, you would need:

  • 8-10 baby potatoes OR 2 regular sized potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tomato
  • Few drops of oil
  • Dash of salt and black pepper
  1. Defrost your chicken if you purchased frozen chicken, and wash it well with water. Pat dry with paper napkins.
  2. If the breasts are thicker than 1cm each, cut each breast along the thickness into two thin breast slices. Make 3-4 cuts on each of the chicken breasts.
  3. In a wide bowl, grate about 1 tablespoon zest from the orange and add the marmalade to it.
  4. Add the soy sauce, oil, red chilly flakes, salt and black pepper to it and mix well.
  5. Place the chicken breasts and turn a few times to coat them well. Let this sit for a while (30 minutes is enough, but at least 15 minutes if you can’t wait).
  6. Saute the sesame till they become crisp and turn brown. Watch out while you roast them, they can get burnt very easily.
  7. Crush the rusk/biscuits/breadsticks into fine powder and mix in the toasted sesame seeds.
  8. Set your oven to pre heat to 200 C / 400 F. If you are using a microwave oven in the grill/convection mode, use the higher of the two racks.
  9. In the meanwhile, set the potatoes and carrot in a pressure cooker, or boil them till soft. Peel the carrots before boiling and the potatoes after boiling!
  10. Take out the marinated breast pieces one by one and dip them in the crushed rusk+sesame; turn to coat both sides. Place them on the rack and then into the oven.
  11. Dipping the marinated chicken in rusk+sesame not only stops the marinade from dripping, but also makes a crispy grilled chicken.
  12. Grill for 10 minutes, remove, flip the pieces and put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  13. While the chicken is getting grilled, cut the tomato into 4 pieces and stir fry a little bit on a pan in a few drops of oil.
  14. Toss the boiled vegetables and the tomato slices in a pinch of salt and pepper.
  15. Set the sides on your plate and add in some orange slices.
  16. Serve the chicken straight out of the oven, along with the sides and enjoy with a tall glass of coke :)

Difficulty: Low
Inflation: Moderate
Calories: Low to moderate
Eat when: Dinner
Yumminess Factor: You may just love to dip that chicken in some mustard sauce and put between a sliced burger bun!

Buon Appetito!

I just love cooking fresh fruits and adding them in as main ingredients in regular food :) Actually, I just love fruits!

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