Sesame Crusted Chicken – Confidence

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Sesame Crusted Chicken
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Sesame Crusted Chicken



  • 4 chicken tenders OR 1 small chicken breast sliced into four pieces
  • 12 ounce can of mandarin oranges drained with juice reserved
  • 1 ½ TBSP ground ginger
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ jar hoisin sauce
  • 2 TBSP sesame seeds see buying note
  • 1 Cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp sesame oil see note, oven preparation does not use oil
  • 3 TBSP vegetable or canola oil see note, oven preparation does not use oil


To start:

  • Mix mandarin juice, ground ginger, soy sauce, and chicken to a medium bowl.
  • Stir well.
  • Allow to marinate for 15 minutes.

While chicken marinates:

  • Place hoisin sauce in a shallow bowl or plate.
  • Mix sesame seeds and panko breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl or plate.

Once chicken is done marinating:

  • Working with individual pieces of chicken, coat each piece with hoisin sauce then coat each piece of chicken with sesame/panko mixture and place on a plate.

There are two ways you can go from here for cooking the chicken: Oven or Stovetop


    • NOTE: Oven preparation does not use additional oil.
    • Preheat oven to 425° F.
    • Place tinfoil (Reynold’s Release Tin Foil is my personal favorite) on a cookie sheet.
    • Allow to cook for 15 minutes.
    • Do not turn.


    • Using a sauté pan heat the vegetable and sesame oil over medium-high heat.
    • Allow to cook for 5 minutes on each side.
    • Drain on a cooling rack for 3 minutes then serve


    Serving suggestions:
    Recipe can be easily doubled.
    Serve with Jasmine Rice.
    Serve with mandarin oranges.
    Refrigerate leftovers immediately.
    BUYING NOTE: Sesame Seeds in the Asian section, sold for sushi, will be significantly less expensive than the sesame seeds sold in the seasonings section of the grocery store. For examples, I spent $2.99 for the large jar of sushi sesame seeds, and $3.79 for the small seasoning jar of sesame seeds. If you prefer toasted sesame seeds, you can toast them yourself. 

    Need more help? See my “Need A Hand” version of this recipe.