Learn How to Make Orange Chicken at home! This is a quick and easy version of the kind of orange chicken you get at restaurants, but way better than takeout! It’s SO easy and SO good! Kids go nuts for this one, so if you have picky eaters, try this one on them and watch them ask for seconds!
Chicken is such a weeknight staple for many of us, and if you’re your family is getting into a “chicken rut” then hit them with this little gem 🙂
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How to Make Orange Chicken?
You’ll cut your chicken into bit-sized pieces and then dredge it in cornstarch, this will protect it and keep it moist and juicy inside.
What kind of meat is used for orange chicken?
Really it’s personal preference but I think boneless, skinless chicken breast works best. But if you prefer dark meat you could also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
How do you make an orange sauce?
The orange chicken sauce comes together in a snap and is so delicious and flavorful.
In a small bowl you’ll combine, soy sauce, chili paste, honey (or even better orange marmalade!) garlic, rice wine vinegar, orange zest and orange juice, some toasted sesame oil (recipe is below) just whisk this sauce up and then add it to the chicken once it’s cooked.
It will simmer and get syrupy as it cooks and coat the chicken, then just garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and a slice of orange.
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- 2lbs (900g) Chicken Tenders
- 1/3 cup (35 g) cornstarch
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) vegetable oil
For the sauce:
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) honey or 1 tbsp (15 ml) of Orange marmalade
- 1 tsp (5 ml) Sambal Chili Paste
- 1 tsp (5 ml) rice wine vinegar
- 1 1⁄2 tsp (7.5 ml) orange zest
- 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) orange juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp (5 ml) ginger, minced
- 1 tsp (5 ml) toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) cornstarch
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) water
- 1 Scallion, sliced on the diagonal
- Sesame seeds
- Sliced mandarin orange wheel
- Slice chicken into bite sized pieces and toss in the corn starch.
- Then prepare the sauce. In a small bowl combine all ingredients and stir.
- Then in a wok or large pan heat the oil until shimmering. Place in chicken in batches browning on all sides, and cooking through.
- Add sauce over chicken and simmer until sauce thickens.
- Transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, scallions and garnish with a sliced mandarin orange wheel.
- Serve with white rice and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 385mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 12g Protein: 4g