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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.

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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
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
May 10, 2020 3:02 am

Amazing recipe. Thx so much. Total winner.

Suzanne R Self
July 11, 2020 12:16 pm

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.

October 1, 2020 1:27 am

5 stars
Thanks for the recipe, I love orange chicken aand fried rice

Sandy T.
August 17, 2020 1:48 pm

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
July 17, 2020 6:47 pm

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.

May 31, 2020 7:40 pm

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

Shauna Curtin
April 29, 2020 5:42 pm

4 stars
I guess I don’t know the right ratio of oil to chicken and batter or the right heat or something as my coating didn’t stick to my chicken very well…nonetheless, delicious! I will make it again

Linda
April 8, 2020 12:10 pm

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.

Deb Plopa
November 9, 2020 8:28 am
Reply to  Linda

See number 1 instruction.

Alicia Hedges
April 19, 2018 4:31 pm

I am currently frying my chicken using a Dutch oven with plenty of oil at the right temperature but for some reason my pieces of chicken are sticking to the bottom of the pot. What can I do to avoid this? Thanks!

February 21, 2021 10:50 am

5 stars
I love Orange Chicken,will love to cook it at home, thanks 👍

February 21, 2021 1:45 am

5 stars
Thank you so much for this recipe,was so afraid it had garlic in it.Which Iam allergic to,yea it sucks because garlic is so good for you, look forward to many more wonderful dishes,keep it cooking!

January 5, 2021 3:53 pm

Just made this recipe. Used 3 fresh oranges for the juice. Next time, I’ll add more brown sugar and red pepper flakes because it was a bit bland. Also, I found the egg white/cornstarch batter not as crispy as I would like so I’ll try a tempura batter next time. As a flavorful finish, I added a sprinkling of sesame seeds and a few chopped cashews in addition to the finely sliced green onion. This is an easy little lunch dish that was very tasty. Thank you!

KRISTIN ABEL
January 1, 2021 9:36 am

5 stars
Loved this orange chicken.lt is gluten -free also.Made it for New Years Eve.Yummy.

Pat Payne
December 31, 2020 8:44 pm

Wonderful and so easy! Will stay a favorite at this house!!

November 9, 2020 9:34 am

Sounds delicious! And simple😊 My husband is the Chef in our family but I do think I could do this & it turn out wonderful.
We use Air Fryer a lot…. think 🤔 we are going to try using it.
Thanks for all the great recipes, ideas & for being you😉🙏🏻🙏🏻

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