Orange Chicken Recipe

Orange Chicken
Today I’m back with yet another Chinese-American dish – Orange Chicken. It seems as though you can find orange chicken almost anywhere you want to eat these days. It is most commonly found at fast food restaurants, but don’t worry, this is so much better than anything you will find there. What really makes this recipe stand out is the combination of both orange and lemon juice. Once again we are also using the deep dryer for cooking the battered chicken. Now I get a lot of questions from people wondering if they can use a wok instead. The answer is yes; a wok would work just about as good as a deep fryer and can be used without a problem. Just be sure to add enough oil.  Great oil for frying this battered chicken would be peanut oil. Using peanut oil will give you the most flavorful chicken. If you’re looking for a simple Chinese dish for dinner this evening be sure to give this recipe for orange chicken a try.
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2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-1/2” cubes)
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 eggs (beaten)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Oil (for frying)
Orange Sauce-
1 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon orange zest (grated)
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon ginger root (minced)
½ teaspoon garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons green onion (chopped)
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Cooking Instructions:
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Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture and shake in flour mixture to coat. Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked.
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Step 2: Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 ½ cups water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger garlic, and onion. Bring to a boil.
Step 3: Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens. Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and if desired add red pepper flakes and garnish with green onions. Enjoy.
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302 Responses to “Orange Chicken Recipe”

  1. Bobby — May 31, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Tristan- Peanut oil is the best for frying this chicken.

  2. Layla — June 2, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    this looks so tasty. I want to make it for my family tonight. How many does it serve?

  3. Bobby — June 2, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    Serves 4

  4. SG — June 8, 2011 @ 5:05 am

    I made this recipe last night and it was exceptional! The orange chicken was very flavorful and delicious. One could actually taste the orange. Instead of using a lemon, I used a lime because I am a lime-fanatic. I also used canola oil instead of peanut oil. This is one of the best recipes I’ve ever made and I will be making this again soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. SG — June 8, 2011 @ 5:09 am

    I also squeezed juice from a fresh and ripe orange and grated the skin to create my own “orange zest.” I think this is much better than using store-bought orange juice.

  6. Michael — June 11, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    This is my favorite recipe ever. I cook it all the time and everyone always tells me it’s the best orange chicken they’ve ever had in their life. Seriously, this is the perfect orange chicken recipe. Thanks a ton!

  7. daniel — June 12, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    i see that you said it will work with a wok or frying pan, but do you mean to fill it with oil and fry it in the pan in replace of a deep fryer? or just saute the meat?

  8. Bobby — June 12, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    daniel- put about 1″ of oil into the wok and fry.

  9. Cale — June 16, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    I used this recipe for my foods class and it was great!! Thanks so much, also i love the pictures for each step they really helped me out on what it should look like.

  10. Jane — June 20, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

    It looks amazingly delicious, i’m gonna try it right now!

  11. Alex — June 30, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    I used this recipe today and the chicken came out sooo delicious, very good recipe!

  12. Beni — July 9, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    I used the recipe today & my family loved it . Thanks

  13. VInce — August 1, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

    I bought the Panda Express Orange Chicken sauce from Costco. Instead of using a frying pan, I rolled chicken pieces in egg and flour and cooked them fondue style and dipped them into the sauce.

  14. Marta — August 13, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    We have been using this recipe for a while and its just perfect every time, and soooo easy! We make it everytime we invite friends over and they always tell us how nice it is!! Thank you for sharing it, its just amazing!

  15. Janne — August 17, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    why it took me so long to meet this site….
    What a GOOD recipe. Thanks you so much

  16. Beverly — August 17, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I have been searching for the perfect orange chicken recipe. I need to look no further!! My children are very picky about their food…but, this dish was a big success!! One of my daughters will only eat chicken in nugget form (like frozen chicken nuggets)…. she actually tried this and ate 3 HELPINGS!!! She loves it. We had it tonight for supper and afterwards, the kids all asked if I could make it again tomorrow night!!! I guess we have a new favorite. Thanks so much for the recipe. 5 stars from The Jones Family!!!

  17. chris — August 19, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    Tried this today, it turned out great, It is a must do again and again. Did a double recipe and the kids and adults just craved about it. Thanks for the recipe!!!!!!

  18. AlliFrampton — August 30, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    I just made this and it taste so gooood! i love it!

  19. April — August 31, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    made this a few times. i love oranage chicken and this one comes out really good. although breading the small piece of chicken is time consuming, but well worth it.

  20. radtec — August 31, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    Oh my…..this is SO GOOD! I didn’t have any green onion so I used some dried chives in the sauce and just tossed a little of the crushed red pepper in there too. We will certainly be keeping this recipe handy! Thanks so much for sharing it:)

  21. tiffany — October 2, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    oh my god i just dot done cooking it its taste wonderful

  22. John Petronsky — October 2, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    This orange Chicken came out awesome!! I would’nt change a thing.Thank you for the recipe!

  23. Monica — October 6, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Made this for the family last week along with some beef and broccoli chow mein. They REFUSE to ever go to a chinese restaurant now lol

  24. Amara — October 16, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    I love this blog! I’ve made this two months ago and my brothers and now they want it again! You’re amazing!

  25. Tia — October 30, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    We tried this substituting the chicken with chickette ( veggie meat ) was delicious and i dont usually eat orange flavored food

  26. Emily — November 1, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    I made the new recipe a few nights ago…it was the best Chinese I’ve ever had. I already have people demanding the recipe from me just off of how much I talk about it!

  27. ali — November 9, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    my boyfriend took me to this buffet and i wanted food i was soooo hungry and i ate about 4 plates its my favorite 🙂 so we about go there likes everyday.

  28. Angelica — November 12, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    How many does this recipe serve?

  29. Bobby — November 13, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    Angelica- serves 4-6

  30. Carolyn — November 20, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    I made this for my family Friday night. It was so much better than take out! Thanks.

  31. lyndsey — November 22, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    i found this online and it looks great im going to use it for my GCSE assessment 🙂
    how many people does this serve ??

  32. Bobby — November 22, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    lyndsey- serves 4-6.

  33. carmen — November 29, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    wow i just found this recipe online and it is the bomb. My boyfriend after he ate it he asked me to marry him omg lol……..and guess what i said yes……

  34. Gaylegill — December 7, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    Ive been lookin at the recipe for a month an skeptical of tryin it I tend to mess up everything I make the first time but I followed your directions which are simple an made it last night well ill finish this off by sayin the hubby an son want it again tonight lol thanks bobby

  35. Yarrow McLaren — December 9, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    This is an awesome recipe!
    It’s pitch perfect!!! 😀

  36. Brian — December 19, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Wow!!! This is absolutely delicious. …and pretty easy to make.

  37. Veronica — December 19, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    my husband and I LOVE this recipe. My husband loves orange chicken and its flavor is better than the restaurants!! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Katie Piotrowski — December 27, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    I LOVE orange chicken….it’s my FAVORITE! I can’t wait to try this recipe! TFS!

  39. Young menice — December 30, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    It was to bomb tasted great and the sauce was da best part do u think it would taste good on eggrolls

  40. Bobby — December 30, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    Young menice- yes, it would taste good on egg rolls I think!

  41. Merle — January 1, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    I made it for the family – it was great! Thanks for sharing the recipe

  42. Gabriella — January 6, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    This recipe was great ! Ever since moving away from California to Sweden I have missed eating orange chicken at chinese restaurants. I made this for some friends and my family and it was a big success. Everyone loved it ! Thanks !

  43. Troy — January 14, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing your reciped. Made this tonight and wow! The picky 18 year old girl got seconds even after eating her foot long from Subway.

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  45. Elizabeth — January 17, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I can count on 1 hand all the dishes my family agrees on but EVERYBODY asked me to make more after the first night, it was great! Thanks again!! 😀

  46. Art — January 25, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    I just cooked Orange Chicken and it was a huge success. Thanks for the recipe!

  47. kaylaanna trammaphant — February 8, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    i love this i tried this and it was so easy to make

  48. Carolyn — February 8, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    AMAZING,the chicken turned out wounderful(:thank yu so much,iv been lookin for the ingredients to make this for a long time and I found the perfect one:)

  49. romina — February 11, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    loved this! mexican so 90% of the time the food i cook is mexican ive been giving other countries a try latley…and i have to say this was amazing i did add a lil more spice though

  50. Cher — February 16, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    I made this recipe but I didn’t use that much sugar. I used only 1/4 cup sugar. I should have used less vinegar because the sauce was very strong with vinegar.Overall the recipe is not bad but if any one try this recipe just minimize the amount of those 2 items I mentioned.

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