Simple Chinese Orange Chicken
Chinese orange chicken made with crispy fried chicken covered in an authentic orange sauce. This recipe is better than any take-out you will ever order.
Prep Time
15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Prep Time
15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Recipe Notes
Chicken:
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 Eggs whisked
  • 1/3 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • Oil for frying
Orange Chicken Sauce:
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar or White Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder or 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Flakes
  • Orange Zest from 1 orange
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
Garnish:
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Orange Zest
Instructions
  1. To make orange sauce:
  2. In a medium pot, add orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and red chili flakes. Heat for 3 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 Tablespoons of water to form a paste. Add to orange sauce and whisk together. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken. Once the sauce is thickened, remove from heat and add orange zest.
  4. To make chicken:
  5. Place flour and cornstarch in a shallow dish or pie plate. Add a pinch of salt. Stir.
  6. Whisk eggs in shallow dish.
  7. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture and then flour mixture. Place on plate.
  8. Heat 2 -3 inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Using a thermometer, watch for it to reach 350 degrees.
  9. Working in batches, cook several chicken pieces at a time. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes, turning often until golden brown. Place chicken on a paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat.
  10. Toss chicken with orange sauce. You may reserve some of the sauce to place on rice. Serve it with a sprinkling of green onion and orange zest, if so desired.