Sesame Crusted Chicken – Need A Hand

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Sesame Crusted Chicken
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Sesame Crusted Chicken

Need A Hand
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins


  • 4 chicken tenders OR 1 small chicken breast sliced into four pieces
  • 12 ounce can of mandarin oranges
  • 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:

  • Open mandarin orange can and save the juice into a medium size bowl.
  • Separate the oranges into another bowl.
  • Add ground ginger, soy sauce, and chicken to the bowl of juice.
  • 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:

  • This is a messy process, don’t be surprised.
  • 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.
    • Place coated chicken pieces on the tin foil and place in oven.
    • Allow to cook for 15 minutes.
    • Do not turn.
    • After 15 minutes, serve, see serving suggestions below.


    • Using a sauté pan heat the vegetable and sesame oil over medium-high heat.
    • Try not to use unheated oil, wait until it’s hot.
    • Place coated chicken pieces in hot oil.
    • Allow to cook for 5 minutes on one side.
    • Turn.
    • Allow to cook an additional 5 miinutes.
    • Drain on a cooling rack for 3 minutes then
    • Serve, see serving suggestions below.


    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. 

    Don’t need the extra help? See my “Confidence” version of the recipe.