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This Orange Chicken Recipe brings Chinese takeout home! It’s easy to make and oh so delicious to enjoy this takeout fakeout favorite in the comfort of your own kitchen. 

Orange Chicken served up on a white plate.

Do you love getting orange chicken from Chinese takeout? Do you love the orange chicken at Panda Express? You can make it at home! It’s much easier than you might think, and nothing beats fresh.

What is the taste of orange chicken?

Orange chicken is small bite-sized pieces of chicken that have been breaded and fried and then coated in a tangy, orange sauce. The sauce has a strong orange flavor with sweet and salty and a little bit of heat.

Is General Tso chicken the same as Orange chicken?

No, but they are very similar. Both involve chicken that is breaded and fried and coated in a sweet sauce, but General Tso Chicken is chili based, while Orange chicken is orange based.

What kind of oil is best for frying?

There are lots of different oils that work great for frying. The most economical choices tend to be vegetable oil and canola oil. Either will work in this recipe.

Piece of orange chicken being picked up by chopsticks.

Is Orange Chicken Chinese?

No! Orange Chicken is not a traditional dish found in China. It is a popular dish served at Chinese restaurants in North America, but it is most definitely not an authentic or traditional dish.

What cut of chicken should I use to make orange chicken?

You can use either boneless skinless chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs depending on whether you want white meat or dark meat. Chicken thighs will have a bit more gristle than breasts, but will be more moist.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other great Chinese takeout-fakeout recipes:

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Piece of orange chicken being picked up by chopsticks.
This Orange Chicken Recipe brings Chinese takeout home! It's easy to make and oh so delicious to enjoy this takeout fakeout favorite in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Sauce

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange zested
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions optional
Instructions
  • Cut chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together egg whites, cornstarch, salt and white pepper. Submerge chicken breast pieces in mixture and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, stir together orange juice, orange zest, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together water and cornstarch. Pour slurry into sauce mixture and stir in until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, pour 2 inches of vegetable oil into a large, heavy bottom pot. Heat to 350 degrees. Working in small batches, fry chicken pieces until cooked through and golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Toss fried chicken pieces together with sauce. Serve immediately and garnish with green onions for color.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 851mg | Potassium: 473mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Orange Chicken

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Tania Blak

Amazing recipe. Thx so much. Total winner.

Sandy T.

5 stars
This is great. I made it and my kids and husband loved it! I omitted the orange zest and green onions. I’m going to serve it at a church dinner in two weeks. Quick and economical, it’s the best! I don’t have to order out anymore.

Rose

5 stars
I just loved that it’s just egg whites, cornstarch, salt and pepper ! Which just make the chicken crunchy. Simple yet delicious. Added to our dinner menu. Thanks for sharing.

5 stars
Amazing, just like all of your other recipes I’ve tried! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!

Linda

5 stars
fyi, there are no instructions for what to do with the salt and white pepper listed with the chicken. So, I just dredged my chicken in them before putting them in the egg white/corn starch mixture. Turned out great! Second time I’ve made this, family love it! And to the comment about them sticking, I just left them in place and would gently nudge them now and then and they easily released when done cooking and then I’d flip them.

5 stars
Just as good as eating at the restaurant. I did not have orange juice so had to make lemon. Turned out great.

5 stars
I will try because I like orange chicken 🍗

Bob

This was the best Orange Chicken I have ever tasted. Thanks for sharing.

Lori

This was a super easy recipe that tastes better than I have ever had from any Chinese restaurant! Totally a keeper! Thank you

Suzanne R Self

Without a doubt the best recipe! My family loved it! There were no left overs. Better than restaurant, easy ingredients, easy prep, easy cooking. The results are fantastic! Thank you Stay at Home Chef! Please keep recipes like this coming.

María

5 stars
Looks delicious and easy to make it !!! I‘ll do it for my son … that is is favorite food and I didn’t know how to cook it so, I bought it at the store in the frozen department thanks for the recipe 😋😋🥰😜

Amy

5 stars
I’m definitely goiwwng to make it.

I love orange chicken and didn’t no how to fix it thank you!

Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to buy ingredients

Gail Mitchell

Is there a substitute for rice vinegar?

Jacoba Magrietha Meyer

4 stars
I use grape-vinegar. Just as nice

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