Crispy Orange Chicken [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Orange Chicken is a Chinese-inspired dish made with breaded fried chicken in orange sauce. With this easy recipe, make your own restaurant-quality version!

If you like fruit-based savory dishes like this one, check out my other recipes like the Slow Cooker Pineapple Ham, Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops, and Instant Pot Pineapple Chicken.

Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken makes for one easy weeknight dinner! All you have to do is fry the chicken and glaze it with a refreshing orange sauce. It is this simple!

We are using chicken breasts which easily dry out if not cooked properly. But this recipe solves this problem. With the addition of the sauce, the tender meat will always be moist!

The sauce makes all the difference. It has a citrusy flavor further sweetened by adding sugar. Hence, this will surely be a hit with the kids!

An even more compelling reason to make this on your own is that you can save money. You will also be able to tweak the recipe according to your preference. Why buy from Panda Express when you can make your own at home?

What is Chinese orange chicken?

It is a sweet and savory dish made with breaded chicken in a thick sweet orange sauce. It is often compared with General Tso Chicken but this one is not as spicy.

This is not an authentic Chinese recipe. The authentic one makes use of dried tangerine peels. This dish evolved from that. It is the Chinese settlers in the US who invented this dish to suit the American palate.

When you think of this dish, you immediately think of Panda Express, too. It was this restaurant who popularized this dish.

And now, with this easy recipe, you can make it right in your own kitchen!

Orange Chicken

How do you make Orange Chicken:

  • Prepare the breading: In a bowl, mix flour and cornstarch. Season with salt and black pepper. In another bowl, beat two eggs.
  • Prepare the oil: Heat up 2 inches of canola oil in a deep-frying pan.
  • Dredge the meat: Coat the chunks of white meat in the eggs first then into the cornstarch-flour mixture. 
  • Fry: Put the coated white meat in the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Work in batches.
  • Toss: Pour in the sauce onto the cooked white meat and coat well.
  • Serve: Garnish with orange zest and green onions, then, serve!

How do you make Baked Orange Chicken:

So, you cringe at the thought of deep-frying the meat. We’ve got you covered! All you need to do is follow our recipe for Oven Baked Chicken Tenders.

This recipe is for the replacement of the fried white meat in the original recipe. However, you might want to cut up the pieces into smaller chunks instead of strips.

Is Orange Chicken healthy?

One serving of this dish will set you back by 600 to 700 calories. Of this value, 40% is from carbohydrates; 45% from fat, and 15% from protein. It has notably high sodium content, too.

Because of this, it is recommended to eat this dish in moderation. The batter and sugar contribute to the carbs. To make this dish healthier, you may want to leave out the batter and instead of deep frying, stir fry the meat. Or, follow the baked recipe for the chicken to lessen the oil.

Orange Chicken

How to store:

  • Refrigerator: Keep it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  • Freezer: You can keep it frozen for 4 months. To reheat, simply thaw it in the refrigerator overnight then, heat in the oven.

Recipe Tips:

  • This is best served over steamed rice or quinoa. You may also garnish with sesame seeds.
  • You can add fiber to this dish by adding veggies like broccoli, green beans, or snow peas.
  • Do not let the meat sit the sauce for too long to prevent it from getting soggy. You can store the meat and sauce separately, too, and then combine when reheating.

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Orange Chicken
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 2 1/2 pounds  chicken breasts  (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1 cup  cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup  flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 2  eggs  (beaten)
  •  Canola oil for frying 

Orange Sauce:

  • 1 cup  Orange Juice 
  • 1/4 cup  white sugar 
  • 1/4 cup  brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons  rice vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup  soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  fresh ginger  (minced)
  • 2 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1  orange zested 
  • 1 tablespoon  cornstarch 

Garnish:

  •  Green onions  (chopped)
  •  Orange zest 

Instructions

Chicken:

  1. In a large, shallow bowl, whisk cornstarch flour, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add beaten eggs to another bowl.
  3. Pour about 2 inches of canola oil into a deep frying pan and heat it over medium-high heat.
  4. Dip the chicken pieces into the beaten eggs.
  5. Add the chicken chunks to the cornstarch mixture and toss until well coated. Work in batches.
  6. Cook it in batches in the hot oil until golden and crispy.
  7. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Orange Sauce:

  1. To the same pan add orange juice, white and brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and red chili flakes. Heat for 3 minutes over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water to form a paste.
  3. Add the paste to orange sauce and whisk together. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Once the sauce is thickened, reduce the flame to low and stir in orange zest.
  5. Add chicken back to the pan and toss with orange sauce. You may reserve some of the sauce to drizzle on rice.
  6. Serve it with a sprinkling of green onions and orange zest.
Calories: 658 Carbohydrates: 70 Protein: 65 Fat: 10 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 263 Sodium: 1473 Potassium: 1252 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 31 Vitamin A: 400 Vitamin C: 34.4 Calcium: 48 Iron: 2.5
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robin rue

That sounds like a fantastic meal! I am so excited to try your recipe!

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Amy Desrosiers

This chicken recipe looks really delicious! I love how it reminds me of my favorite takeout food!

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Dawn Nieves

I am totally making this tomorrow! This looks SO good and so much better than takeout! 

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Rachel

Orange chicken is one of my absolute favorite chinese food dishes. I can't wait to try to make this myself.

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Anne Marie

I love unique recipes like this that put a new spin on everyday favorites. Thanks for sharing!

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Kita Bryant

My kids eat this from Panda a lot so it would be great to make it myself and save some money. Plus I know what will be in it

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Tara Pittman

My son would love this chicken. He always gets orange chicken when we go to the Chinese place.

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Krystel | Frugal Living

WOW super delicious. And to think you can make this stuff at home and know the quality

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Ruth I

I think I've tasted a dish like this before. I'd love to try this, looks so tasty!

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