This Orange Chicken recipe is more delicious and more affordable than take-out! No deep frying is required and it will be a hit with the whole family. This is a great easy dinner option for busy nights!
and d I never knew! I’m now orange-chicken enlightened! I set out to make a copycat of it that was easy but that also rivaled your favorite take-out. I think I nailed it because this is one of the best meals I’ve made in my kitchen in a very long time. I could not stop eating it once I started. And a bonus? This is a 30-minute meal, so it’s perfect for those busy nights when dinner needs to get on the table asap. Another bonus? No deep frying is involved. I hate deep-fried recipes, so this is a huge win for me.
Video tutorial (less than 1 min!): how to make EASY Orange Chicken!
How do you make easy orange chicken?
See the recipe card below for full instructions, but here is what is required in order to make super easy and delicious Orange Chicken in your own kitchen:
Coat chicken pieces with an egg-cornstarch mixture.
In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients to make the orange sauce (soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, cornstarch, orange zest and orange juice).
Cook the chicken in batches in a saucepan that has a thin layer of oil until browned (about 2 minutes per side).
Add all chicken back to the skillet along with the orange sauce and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.
Serve immediately with green onions and white or brown rice!
How do you make healthy orange chicken sauce?
Because this recipe is not deep-fried it is already a healthy version of the meal. To make it even healthier, do any or all of the following:
Use low-sodium soy sauce.
Reduce the amount of brown sugar by half.
Reduce the amount of canola or vegetable oil you use by half (although you may not achieve perfectly crispy chicken by doing this).
What should I serve with orange chicken?
Like most Chinese take-out meals, Orange Chicken is best served over white or brown rice. The texture of the rice complements the flavors in the dish and it also soaks up all of that delicious sauce that you do not want to waste.
How do you thicken orange chicken sauce?
If you want the sauce in this recipe to be thicker, increase the amount of cornstarch you use in the orange sauce to 2-3 tablespoons instead of 1 tablespoon. This should result in a nice, thick sauce!
Have you tried the Orange Chicken from Panda Express? If so, leave a comment telling me how it compares! Enjoy this super easy take-out fake-out recipe, friends! Thank you so much for being here. Have a great rest of your week!