Orange Chicken Recipe

by Sheryl

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins | Total Time: 30 mins | Servings: 6

Make this delicious orange chicken at home with this easy and quick recipe. Bite-sized chicken pieces in a sweet and slightly spicy orange sauce are best to serve over steamed rice for a simple, filling meal that’s better than takeout!

Ingredients

1 egg
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/3 c. corn starch
Canola Oil for frying
3 tablespoons soy sauce

Sauce:

3 cloves garlic, finely minced
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 c. rice wine vinegar, or dry sherry
3 tablespoons water
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. chicken broth
1 teaspoon canola oil
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 1/2 teaspoons minced ginger
pinch of red pepper flakes, optional
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Garnish:

orange slices
sliced green onions

How to make Orange Chicken

Step 1: In a small deep fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, drizzle 1 to 2 inches of canola oil. Heat the oil to 375 degrees F.

Step 2: Place the sesame oil, egg, 3 tbsp soy sauce, and 1/3 c cornstarch in a large bowl. Mix well until you have a thin batter. Then, add the chicken pieces and toss to coat. Set aside for a couple of minutes. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken to the pot (in batches) and fry until done. Transfer the cooked chicken to a paper towel-lined plate while you prepare the sauce.

Sauce:

Step 3: In a bowl, whisk the orange zest, orange juice, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp water, 1/3 c. sugar, 1/3 c rice wine vinegar, or dry sherry, 1/3 c chicken broth, and 2 tbsp corn starch until well blended. Set aside.

Step 4: In a large wok or skillet, heat 1 tsp canola oil over medium-high heat. To the hot oil, add the ginger. Garlic, and red pepper flakes (optional). Stir well and cook for about 30 seconds until aromatic. Add the sauce and continue to cook while stirring often, over medium heat until the sauce has thickened. This takes about 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 5: Toss in the chicken and serve immediately, garnished with some sliced green onions and slices of orange. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 310 kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 1200mg | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg

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