Chinese Orange Chicken

Chinese Orange Chicken - Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate. by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com

When my dad worked at the airport, he loved going to Panda Express for lunch. There, he would always get the same exact thing every time. Half noodles, half rice & a good load of their Orange Chicken. Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.
Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.

The Chinese Orange Sauce  that you drown the chicken in, is so amazing you will be licking your plate to make sure you get all of it in! I substituted the orange juice mentioned in the original recipe with the orange juice concentrate for a more pronounced orange flavor, and I think it was perfect!

This recipe by Damned Delicious requires you to marinate the chicken for about 30 minutes before you can start cooking it so a bit of prep work required. But once marinated, it’s just fry & pour the glaze over, that’s it! I loved the addition of the sesame seeds sprinkling & the green onion. Actually my plate was very heavily sprinkled with green onion, as I like to have a lot on mine, but you can put as much or as little as you like 🙂

Also, Chinese Orange Chicken can be served over a bed of white fluffy rice, or a side of healthy steamed vegetables like broccoli, may be some carrots or even zucchini.

I hope you make this Chinese Orange Chicken and let me know how you like it!

Chinese Orange Chicken

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup + 2 Tbsp cornstarch, divided
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup oil (for frying)
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 green onions, sliced thinly

Orange Marinade:
1 1/2  cup chicken broth + 4 Tbsp Orange Juice Concentrate OR 1 cup chicken broth + 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp orange zest (I did not add)
1 tsp Sriracha, or more, to taste
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 tsp salt

Later add to the Orane Marinade:
2 Tbsp Water+2 Tbsp cornstarch

Make marinade first:
Combine all ingredients for the Orange Sauce together & stir until sugar & salt  dissolve (Chicken broth, Orange Juice Concentrate, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce,  cloves garlic (minced), orange zest, Sriracha, ground ginger, white pepper & salt).

Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.

Put the cubed chicken and 2/3 cup sauce into a ziplock bag & marinate for at least 30 minutes turning the bag at least 3 times.

Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.

Combine the 2 tablespoons water & 2 tablespoons corn starch in a saucnpan. Stir together until no lumps are seen. Add the marinade liquid, stir & cook until thickened (about 2-3 minutes after it comes to a boil). Do not boil for too long or it will become thin again. Remove from heat & keep warm.
Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.

Once marinated, drain chicken from the marinade. Discard the liquid.

 

When the chicken has marinated and ready to be cooked, whisk together 2 eggs.
Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.

Heat 1 cup oil to 350 over medium heat. Set up your working station. Put corn starch into a larger bowl, have your egg mixture ready. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture, then the corn starch mixture pressing to adhere.
Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.

Fry the dipped & coated pieces of chicken in batches, turning halfway through to make sure that it’s cooked through.
Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.
Pour the reserved Orange Sauce over the Chicken and toss together to coat.

Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds & green onions. Serve right away.

Now enjoy the fruits of your labor & make sure you share!

 

Chinese Orange Chicken

5 from 1 reviews
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:

Ingredients

  • 1½ lb chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp cornstarch, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup oil (for frying)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly

Orange Marinade:

  • 1½ cup chicken broth + 4 Tbsp Orange Juice Concentrate OR 1 cup chicken broth + ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest (I did not add)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients for the Orange Sauce together & stir until sugar & salt is dissolved (Chicken broth, Orange Juice Concentrate, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, cloves garlic (minced), orange zest, Sriracha, ground ginger, white pepper & salt).
  2. Put the cubed chicken and ⅔ cup sauce into a ziplock bag & marinate for at least 30 minutes turning the bag at least 3 times.
  3. Combine the 2 tablespoons water & 2 tablespoons corn starch in a saucepan. Stir together until no lumps are seen. Add the marinade liquid, stir & cook until thickened (about 2-3 minutes after it comes to a boil). Do not boil for too long or it will become thin again. Remove from heat & keep warm.
  4. When the chicken has marinated and ready to be cooked drain it.
  5. Whisk together 2 eggs.
  6. Heat 1 cup oil to 350 over medium heat. Set up your working station. Put corn stach into a larger bowl, have your egg mixture ready. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture, then the corn starch mixture pressing to adhere.
  7. Fry the dipped & coated pieces of chicken in batches, turning halfway through to make sure that it’s cooked through.
  8. Pour the reserved Orange Sauce over the Chicken and toss together to coat.
  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds & green onions. Serve right away.
  10. Now enjoy the fruits of your labor & make sure you share!

Bon Appetit & Happy Pinning

Thank you for following me on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest!

Hashtag your photos #LetTheBakingBeginBlog so I can see your creations and for a chance to be featured!

Slightly Spicy, Tangy, with pronounced Orange flavor it was party on a plate.

Bon Appetite & Happy Pinning!

Don’t forget to add me on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest 🙂

Join 3,000 other food lovers enjoying weekly recipes.

Comments

Leave a comment

Rate this recipe:  

  • Alana

    This looks good thanks for the recipe!!!

    · Reply
    • You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

      · Reply
  • Jenny

    I made this tonight, and it was absolutely delicious!

    · Reply
    • Yay! Great to hear! Thanks for your feedback!

      · Reply
  • Beautiful images!

    · Reply
  • Lena

    Marina! I absolutely love orange chicken and have been looking for a good recipe for quite some time.When I saw your recipe a I was determined to make it.It turned out absolutely delish and my whole fam loved it.Thank you for sharing it!

    · Reply
    • How awesome *doing the happy dance*! Thanks for your feedback, I am happy you liked it!

      · Reply
  • guest

    hi 🙂 we made this today! it was great, except hubby didnt like green onions on it. better than panda! we marinated ours overnight and yumm

    · Reply
    • Well green onions are very optional, especially in your case 😀 Thanks for your feedback 😀

      · Reply
  • Ma Mooch

    It looks delicious but I have a question? I am confused by the fact that the marinade seems to be cooked with the cornstarch etc. into a sauce but then in the next step it talks about discarding the marinade once the chicken has drain?? Bit confused, sorry 🙁 Do I use the marinade from the chicken to make the sauce??

    · Reply
    • Hi and thank you for the question.
      Actually, you only use 2/3 cup of marinade to marinade the chicken, the rest is used for the sauce.
      So you stir the ingredients for the marinade, take 2/3 cup and add it to the chicken. The rest use to make the sauce.

      · Reply
  • […] Chinese Orange Chicken. When my dad worked at the airport, he loved going to Panda Express for lunch. […]

    · Reply
  • […] like to serve it with roasted drumsticks, chicken thighs, or chinese chicken but even Alfredo mushrooms will work well for a vegetarian alternative (just omit the soy sauce if […]

    · Reply
  • Leighann

    We loved loved loved the sauce….so delish. Ive left out marinating the chicken step a few times now as im not to sure its so nessary for us. As ive cooked this recipe multiple times im now experimenting a little. I hope you dont mind. I figure this is what cooking is all about. Im happy to thicken all the sauce,add a heap of asian vegetables and rice or noodles and its a great meal for the whole family….cheers

    · Reply

As seen in