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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.

Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to buy ingredients

Shauna Curtin

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

Joseph Young

Great recipe! Easy to make and delicious to eat. Family favorite, thank you. Do you have a recipe to General Tso chicken?

Judy

5 stars
Made this for dinner tonight! Chicken was crispy and delicious the sauce is wonderful!

Pat Stuart

5 stars
I made this for dinner tonight. Delicious!

Vanessa

5 stars
Tried this tonight for dinner I had a few caracara oranges and they provided a great dark color. Added the crushed peppers at the end. Used two packages of tender loins and there were no left overs!

Emma J Deacon

5 stars
I am from the UK and spent 2 weeks in Florida last year and had Panda Express a few times, I can honestly say yours was so much better, it tasted just like you would get out of a top Chinese restaurant, thank you so much for sharing your recipe. Love Love Love.

Stephanie l

5 stars
Yum, i. Am trying this recipe tomorrow?✌

Chelsea Parks

Can I make extra sauce and freeze it?

Elizabeth Voelkel

5 stars
So, so good!!!!

MikeB

5 stars
made this tonight. way better than take-out!
however, imported recipe into MyFitnessPal and came up with a higher calorie count .
nonetheless, great recipe

Mary Fetterly

5 stars
AMAZING! Everyone loved it! I have Celiac Disease and I had lost my desire to try new recipes. This was fun to make and SO worth it. Served over steamed rice. Yummy!

Stefanie F

Thanks for the recipe! This was delicious. My daughter squeezed and zested a few Cara Cara oranges for it, and we added some stir fried broccoli…

Rebecca

5 stars
love love your recipes ….I was wondering if it would still taste good if i omitted the red pepper flakes? too much hot makes me choke .

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