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Orange Chicken Recipe

Skip the takeout and eat in with this incredibly tasty orange chicken dish! Sweet and spicy pieces of tender chicken in every bite.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 485 kcal

Ingredients

Orange Chicken Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • orange zest from 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp cold water

Chicken Recipe:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • oil for frying
  • garnish with green onions and orange zest

Instructions

To Make Orange Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and chili flakes. Cook for 3 minutes on medium heat.

  2. In a separate bowl mix together 2 tbsp cornstarch and 2 tbsp cold water, stir until a paste forms. 

  3. Add the cornstarch paste to the orange mixture and cook for 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Once thick, remove from heat and add the orange zest. Keep warm, stirring occasionally, while making the chicken.

To Make Chicken:

  1. Use a shallow dish or pie plate and add 2/3 c flour, 2/3 cup cornstarch and salt. Mix.

  2. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs.

  3. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture and then coat with the flour mixture. Place pieces on a plate.

  4. Pour 2-3 inches of oil in a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Use a thermometer to check that the oil reaches 350 °F

  5. Place several pieces of chicken into the oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes turning so all sides become a golden brown. Once cooked place the chicken on a paper towel to drain. Repeat until all the chicken has been fried.

  6. Toss the chicken in the Orange sauce. If you desire to garnish with green onions & orange zest and serve with rice. 

Nutrition Facts
Orange Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 178mg59%
Sodium 882mg38%
Potassium 752mg21%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 32.9mg40%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.