Enjoy Chinese takeout at home with this Orange Chicken recipe! No deep frying required and this meal will be a hit with the whole family. Great easy dinner option for busy nights!
If you love the Orange Chicken from Panda Express, you are about to be extremely happy. I set out to make a copycat of Orange Chicken that’s easy but that also rivals my favorite take-out. I totally 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 is perfect for those busy nights when dinner needs to get on the table asap. Another bonus? No deep frying is involved. I tend to avoid deep-fried recipes, so this is a huge win for me.
Video tutorial (less than 1 min!): how to make EASY Orange Chicken!
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How to 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! That’s it!
How to make healthy orange chicken sauce
Because this recipe is not deep-fried it is already a healthier version of the Chinese staple dinner. 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 to 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.
What cut of chicken to use for Orange Chicken
Use boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs for this recipe. Breasts are a lighter meat and will yield a leaner meal, but will be less moist than the dark-meat thighs. Both are delicious options, depending on whether you prefer light or dark meat!
How to 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 (add in 1 Tbsp increments). This should result in a nice, thick sauce!
Other Chinese takeout fake-out dinner options
If you love this Orange Chicken, you may be interested in these delicious homemade dishes, as well:
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!