Orange Chicken

Orange chicken is a dish made out of deep fried battered chicken pieces dressed with savoury sweet and sometimes spicy orange sauce. This dish has its Chinese roots which came from an original recipe from the Hunan province, while its predecessor was Chinese this dish is totally American. If we are to look closely at its recipe it closely resembles lemon chicken as well as General Tso’s chicken hence it is often found as a variation of both. The Orange chicken’s traditional recipe calls for dried orange or tangerine peel where it is well used in traditional Chinese medicine but due present recipes are simplified and fresh peel is often used nowadays.

Usually this dish tends to be super sweet, most of the recipes I had seen online calls for cups of sugar for my version we will use way much less of that but it will still have the same fresh sweet taste. A really nice dish to pair with freshly steamed rice and some stir fried or even blanched vegetables.

Orange Chicken
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Serves: 4
  • 500g boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • salt
  • oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp Chinese rice wine
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 stalk spring onions, sliced
  • oil
  1. Combine all orange sauce together except salt and white pepper, set aside.
  2. Mix together all chicken ingredients apart from chicken and oil. Once even in consistency place chicken meat into batter, set aside.
  3. Heat up a wok with enough cooking oil for deep frying, once hot enough deep fry chicken pieces adding one piece at a time. Do not overcrowd, once they turn golden brown and crispy remove from wok then transfer into a plate lined with paper towels.
  4. Prepare another wok, add oil then sauté garlic and ginger.
  5. Add chilli powder, chicken and orange zest. Quickly stir fry then add the orange sauce mixture. Cook until sauce thickens.
  6. Season with salt and white pepper, place in serving plates then garnish with spring onions. Serve.



17 Responses

  1. I call this “tacky Chinese” but I LOOOOVE it Ray ! 🙂 It absolutely reminds me of lemon chicken but I think the orange would be delicious.

  2. Looks delicious. American Chinese it is, but my boys love it so this would be a winner in our home. But only 500 grams of chicken… I have my hungry boys will need double or quadruple your recipe. Love that photo as well… I think your photography just keeps getting better.

  3. Karen says:

    It may not be authentic Chinese but it sounds great. I like that you made it less sweet.

  4. Raymund: This orange chicken looks amazing! The sauce is so shiny that made me want to eat the whole bowl of it. Great picture, man! I hope you have had a great Easter!

  5. I love orange chicken, though I don’t eat it often because of the deep frying. I’m thinking I can use your sauce for grilled chicken thighs and be quite content — thanks!

  6. foodjaunts says:

    I’ll take mine spicy please 🙂 I like that you reduced the sugar, I often don’t order it because it’s too sweet. I can see this being an awesome sauce for some crispy baked chicken.

  7. This looks like a nice variation of sweet and sour pork. That sticky sauce looks very inviting. I am glad you used chicken thighs. Thighs > breast!

  8. What a great and easy recipe to make instead of buying take-out!

  9. Michelle says:

    It’s funny, isn’t it? Despite all the quests for “authentic,” sometimes the bastardized versions just hit the spot. Looks delicious.

  10. Tessa says:

    Orange Chicken is one of my husband’s favorite Chinese dishes. I’m going to bookmark this recipe! Thanks Raymund!

  11. yum.. i love ordering this from chowking. 🙂

  12. mjskit says:

    This is one of those dishes that I allow myself to “cheat” with every once in a while. I love it and now I can make it at home! Let’s see now how many times I cheat. 🙂

  13. Avalon says:

    Hi ! just want to know the kind of orange juice that you used, is it fresh orange juice or concentrate one? thank you in advance

  14. kiran says:

    Oh my! THis is my kind of comfort food!!

  15. Lisa says:

    My family loves Orange Chicken but I have only ordered it from the Chinese Food Restaurant. I can’t wait to try this recipe but will probably fry it in coconut oil to kick up the health factor a bit:)

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