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Orange Chicken served with orange slices and orange zest

Orange Chicken

Orange chicken is a popular Chinese takeout dish. The marinated chicken pieces are fried and then coated with a delicious orange sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword chinese food, fried chicken, orange, takeout
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 570kcal
Author Liza Agbanlog


  • 1.5 lbs boneless , skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Canola oil , for frying
  • 1 tsp olive oil , for sauteeing


  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chinese wine , or dry sherry
  • 1 egg white


  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic , minced or grated
  • 1 tsp cornstarch , dissolved in 1 tbsp water
  • Salt to taste


  • In a large bowl, combine together the ingredients for the marinade. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes. Drain well and then discard the marinade.
  • Spread 1 cup cornstarch in a large bowl. Add the marinated chicken and toss to coat. Shake off any excess cornstrach.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or heavy- bottomed pot. Deep fry the chicken pieces, in batches, until golden brown, around 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Transfer the browned chicken on a plate lined with paper towel. Set aside.

Prepare the sauce:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the orange juice, stock, cider vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar and orange zest. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 20 seconds. Add the orange juice mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cornstarch mixture (1 teaspoon cornstrach dissolved in 1 tablespoon water), stirring until the sauce has thickens. Season with salt. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the browned chicken pieces into the orange sauce. Mix until the chicken is well coated with the orange sauce.
  • Transfer the chicken to a plate and serve.


Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg