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Orange Chicken

Pieces of fried chicken in a delicious orange sauce make this Orange Chicken a 30 minute dinner you can't resist!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 607kcal
Author: Julie Evink



  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs (about 1 ½ - 2 pounds)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Oil for frying


  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 c. fresh orange juice or store bought
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes more if you like it spicy
  • ½ c. water
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch


  • Rice
  • Green onions
  • Toasted sesame seeds



  • In a medium saucepan, add all ingredients for sauce EXCEPT water and cornstarch. Stir and heat over medium.
  • In a small bowl or jar with a lid, whisk together the water and cornstarch to make a slurry.
  • Then slowly drizzle into sauce whisking constantly until sauce begins to thicken.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes or until sauce is to desired consistency.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.


  • Trim chicken and cut into large chunks.
  • In a shallow bowl or dish, whisk eggs.
  • In another bowl or dish, whisk together flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper
  • Dip chicken in eggs and then in flour mixture, place on baking sheet until oil is hot.
  • Heat oil in large skillet to 350 degrees F.
  • Line large baking sheet with paper towel.
  • Working in small batches, cook chicken 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oil with slotted spoon and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Repeat with the rest of the chicken.
  • After all chicken is cooked toss chicken with sauce.
  • Serve immediately with rice, green onions, and sesame seeds if desired.
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator in an airtight container.


Can you use prepared orange juice to make it?
Yes, but the sauce will be sweeter if the brand you use has sugar. For a less sweet version, use fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Is orange chicken spicy?
You can make it as spicy as you like. I use a 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes which gives it a little kick of heat. Add more if you want it spicier or omit it if you don’t want any heat.
How long does it keep?
Store the leftovers in an airtight container and they should keep well in the refrigerator for three to four days.


Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 59g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 238mg | Sodium: 1392mg | Potassium: 1092mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 401IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 5mg