Today’s Recipe: Sesame-Orange Chicken Legs

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SESAME-ORANGE CHICKEN LEGS

PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 47-52 MINUTES
MAKES: ABOUT 4 SERVINGS

1 1/2 lbs chicken legs
3/4 t salt, divided
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t crushed red pepper
2 t toasted sesame oil
3/4 cup orange juice
1 T cornstarch
1 T honey
1 T distilled white vinegar
1 red pepper, seeded and sliced into 1/4”-thick strips
1 t sesame seeds
2 green onions, sliced (about 1/3 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Place chicken on a plate. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 t salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Sprinkle about half of seasoning mixture over chicken legs, flip legs over, and sprinkle with remaining seasoning mixture.
3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat sesame oil. When oil is hot, add chicken legs. Cook without moving for 6 minutes, flip over, and cook an additional 6 minutes. Transfer pan to preheated oven and cook for 10 minutes.
4. While chicken is cooking, combine orange juice and cornstarch in a small saucepan; whisk to combine. Add honey and remaining 1/2 t salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking frequently. Once sauce has thickened, remove from heat and whisk in vinegar.
5. Remove chicken from oven and add sliced peppers. Pour orange sauce over chicken and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
6. In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds until golden brown. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
7. Sprinkle sesame seeds and green onions over chicken and serve.

Gather ingredients.

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Preheat oven to 400°F. Place 1 1/2 lbs chicken legs on a plate. Add 1/4 t salt to a small bowl.

drumsticks_0057 Add 1/4 t pepper.

drumsticks_0062 Add 1/4 t crushed red pepper.

drumsticks_0066 Stir to combine.

drumsticks_0073 Sprinkle about half of seasoning mixture over chicken legs.

drumsticks_0078 Flip legs over, and sprinkle with remaining seasoning mixture. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat 2 t sesame oil.

drumsticks_0093 When oil is hot, add chicken legs. Cook without moving for 6 minutes.

drumsticks_0100 Flip over and cook an additional 6 minutes. Transfer pan to preheated oven and cook for 10 minutes.

drumsticks_0107 While chicken is cooking, add orange juice to a small saucepan.

drumsticks_0112 Add 1 T cornstarch.

drumsticks_0119 Whisk to combine.

drumsticks_0126 Add 1 T honey.

drumsticks_0134 Add remaining 1/2 t salt.

drumsticks_0141 Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking frequently.

drumsticks_0143 Once sauce has thickened, remove from heat and whisk in 1 T distilled white vinegar.

drumsticks_0149 Remove chicken from oven and add 1 seeded red pepper, sliced into ¼”-thick strips.

drumsticks_0157 Pour orange sauce over chicken and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.

drumsticks_0163 In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast 1 t sesame seeds until golden brown. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

drumsticks_0168 Sprinkle sesame seeds over chicken.

drumsticks_0180 Sprinkle 2 sliced green onions (about 1/3 cup) and serve.

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Leave a comment 4 Comments

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This looks delicious with all of the bright colors. I have never tried cooking with sesame oil but this dish is an inspiration to do so. I love how it presents in the black iron skillet too.

  2. The meal look delicious. What apron is the cook wearing?

  3. Rebecca Hunter says:

    I just bookmarked this recipe so I can find it tomorrow and write it down in my recipes to try file (likely to be a family favorite and thus made regularly.) Sounds delicious to serve as the entree paired with the Coconut Jasmine Curried Rice that most of my family adores… alas my autistic son has issues with some food textures including rice, most vegetables… unless I puree them and hide them in baked goods and mashed potatoes. Still, maybe I can get him to eat the chicken and sauce IF I tell him they are a variation on Asian chicken wings… on the plus side… he will get some fruit in this recipe…. he is only just more accepting of fruit than veggies. I may use blood oranges, since he loves those and several have been sitting in my fruit basket for a couple weeks.

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