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Delicious Asian Take-Out Style Orange Chicken Recipe by RoxyChowDown.com

Delicious Orange Chicken Recipe

You'll be surprised at how easy and delicious this sweet and tangy orange chicken recipe is to make. Learn how to perfectly fry your chicken, or to make the healthier baked-version and also how to make orange sauce from scratch! Happy Cooking and enjoy it!!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course, Main Dish, Sauce
Cuisine Asian, Chinese, International


  • 2 lbs chicken breast or chicken thigh cut up into 2-inch chunks.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white or black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Fried Chicken Option

  • 1 egg whisked
  • 1 - 2 cups cooking oil for deep frying

Flour Coating for fried chicken

  • 2 cups flour all-purpose
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp powdered mixed spice (optional)

Orange Chicken Sauce

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil or sesame oil
  • 1/4 small onion finely grated
  • 1 cloves garlic finely grated
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger root finely grated
  • 1 tsp orange rind/zest finely grated. **Use a grater to remove a thin layer of orange peel.
  • 1 tbsp dried pepper flakes or pizza flakes
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp honey OR 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder (optional)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch *if needed, for thickening gravy
  • 2 tbsp water cool or room temperature, *to mix with cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds for garnish
  • 1 tsp green onion, cut into rounds for garnish


  • In a medium bowl, rinse the chicken twice in lime/lemon or vinegar water.
  • Remove skin and bones, if any, from the chicken.
  • Cut up the chicken and season with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.

Baked Chicken Method

  • Evenly place the chicken pieces on a greased, parchment-lined baking tray and bake at 375 deg. for 15 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked. Check the chicken for doneness by inserting a fork in the centre. The chicken is cooked when the juices run clear and the centre is white.
  • While the chicken bakes, prepare the orange sauce.

Fried Chicken Method

  • Add whisked egg to seasoned meat, then use a large fork, tongs or a wooden spoon to combine all ingredients and set aside.
  • Combine flour-coating ingredients in a large bowl or container with a cover.
  • Add the seasoned chicken to the flour mixture.
  • Cover the container and shake vigorously to completely coat the pieces of chicken with flour.
  • Heat oil in a large frying pan or wok.
  • When the oil is hot, use tongs to gently place the chicken, piece by piece in the oil.
  • Keep the heat on medium-high and adjust as necessary so the chicken does not burn.
  • Stir and turn the chicken constantly until it is golden brown all over (approx. 6-8 minutes).
  • Place the cooked chicken unto thick paper towel and set aside.

How to make the Orange Sauce

  • In a large saucepan, heat 1 ½ tablespoons cooking oil on low/medium flame.
  • Sauté paprika, turmeric, grated orange peel, pepper flakes, cayenne powder, grated onions, garlic and ginger in oil for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Add the honey, soya sauce, ketchup, ¾ cup water, orange juice and vinegar then stir for 2 minutes while on medium-high heat.
  • Stir and taste your sauce. You may add more honey, orange juice or water to taste.
  • Reduce flame to low and let the sauce simmer. The sauce should have a 'syrup-like' consistency.
  • If the sauce is too thin, mix 1-teaspoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cool water and add to the sauce.
  • Stir the sauce and allow it to simmer on low heat for 1 minute then turn off the flame.
  • Add the pieces of chicken to the pot and stir the chicken until it is fully coated with the sauce.
  • Serve your delicious orange chicken on a bed of fluffy white rice.
  • Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the chicken and garnish with green onions.
  • Bless up and enjoy it!
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