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Asian Orange Chicken


170 min

Asian Orange Chicken

Asian Orange Chicken Photo 1




170 min


4 persons




4.00 rating-star (2)


Author: Victoria Bailey
This orange chicken recipe is sticky, sweet, and delicious. It tastes similar to the orange chicken from a popular Chinese restaurant in the mall! It's easier to make than you think for delicious takeout at home.


  • water: 1.5 cups
  • rice vinegar: 0.33333 cup
  • lemon juice: 0.25 cup
  • soy sauce: 2.5 Tbsp
  • orange juice: 2 Tbsp
  • packed brown sugar: 1 cup
  • chopped green onion: 2 Tbsp
  • grated orange zest: 1 Tbsp
  • minced fresh ginger root: 0.5 tsp
  • minced garlic: 0.5 tsp
  • red pepper flakes: 0.25 tsp
  • cornstarch: 3 Tbsp
  • water: 2 Tbsp
  • skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes: 2 piece
  • all-purpose flour: 1 cup
  • salt: 0.25 tsp
  • pepper: 0.25 tsp
  • olive oil: 3 Tbsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Combine water, rice vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, and orange juice for sauce into a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in brown sugar, green onion, orange zest, ginger, garlic, and pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
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  2. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Pour in 1 cup cooled sauce. Seal the bag, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Reserve the remaining sauce.
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  3. Mix flour, salt, and pepper in another resealable plastic bag.
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  4. Remove chicken from the marinade and place into the bag of seasoned flour. Seal the bag and shake to coat.
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  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken in the hot skillet until browned on both sides. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and cover with aluminum foil. Wipe out the skillet.
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  6. Pour reserved sauce into the skillet and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
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  7. Mix together cornstarch and water until completely smooth. Stir into the boiling sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the chicken, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
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History of the Asian Orange Chicken:

Asian Orange Chicken is a popular dish in Chinese-American cuisine. Legend has it that the dish was invented by a chef in Hunan Province in China who was experimenting with different ingredients. The chef combined crispy fried chicken with a tangy and sweet orange sauce, which became a hit among the locals.

In the 1980s, Chinese immigrants brought the recipe to the United States, where it gained popularity among Chinese-American communities. Today, it is served in Chinese-American restaurants across the country and has become a favorite dish for many households.

Tips and Tricks for Asian Orange Chicken Recipe:

To make this dish perfect, follow these tips and tricks:

  • Marinating the chicken in the sauce for at least 2 hours is essential for maximum flavor. The longer the chicken marinates, the more flavor it will absorb.
  • Make sure the chicken is coated evenly with the seasoned flour before frying. This will ensure that the chicken is crispy and golden brown.
  • For a healthier option, you can bake the chicken instead of frying it. Arrange the coated chicken on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 400В°F for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • To make the dish spicier, increase the amount of red pepper flakes in the sauce.

Tips for presenting the dish:

To make your Asian Orange Chicken look as good as it tastes, consider these tips for plating:

  • Serve the chicken with steamed rice and garnish with sliced green onions and orange zest.
  • Arrange the chicken on a bed of lettuce for a refreshing twist.
  • Use a deep plate or a bowl to serve the dish to prevent the sauce from spilling over the edges.
  • If you're hosting a dinner party, consider serving Asian Orange Chicken as an appetizer by skewering the chicken pieces and arranging them on a platter. Decorate the platter with sliced oranges and herbs for an elegant touch.

What Is Orange Chicken?

Orange chicken is a popular item at Chinese restaurants. It consists of small cubes of chicken that are breaded, pan-fried, and coated in an orange sauce.

The orange sauce is sweet with a little tang and a hint of spice. It's mainly known for its orange flavor (as you can guess from the name). It's typically made with orange juice and orange zest to achieve the citrus flavor.

Is Orange Chicken Chinese?

Even though you see orange chicken at Chinese restaurants in America, it's not a typical Chinese dish. Instead, it was popularized by American Chinese restaurants — alongside General Tso's chicken, which is also not traditional Chinese food.

How to Store Orange Chicken

Store orange chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for three to five days. Reheat the chicken in a skillet — you may need to add water to fix the sauce's consistency.

How to Freeze Orange Chicken

Freeze orange chicken in an airtight container or zip-top freezer bag for up to three months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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