How to Make Orange Chicken

Orange chicken consists of battered fried chicken and a thick sauce.
Orange chicken consists of battered fried chicken and a thick sauce. (Image: steak teriyaki image by Liz Van Steenburgh from

Orange chicken is a favorite dish for Chinese and Asian food lovers. It usually consists of battered and fried chicken in a thick orange sauce. It's served with rice. You don't have to go to a Chinese restaurant to order orange chicken though; you can make it right at home.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • White pepper
  • Oil (for frying)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch, plus
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp. gingeroot, minced
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed hot red chili pepper
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. water
  • 5 tbsp. sugar
  • 5 tbsp. white vinegar
  • Large pinch of orange zest

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Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl. Add egg, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp. oil and mix well.

Mix cornstarch and flour together in a separate bowl. Add in chicken pieces, dredging to coat them well.

Heat the oil in a deep fryer or a wok until it reaches about 375 degrees. Add chicken in small batches (three or four pieces at a time). Fry for three to four minutes until golden brown. Do not overcook.

Remove the chicken and place on paper towels to blot the oil. Clean the wok or get a fresh pan.

Stir fry the ginger and garlic, then add the chiles and onions. Add the rice wine and stir for several seconds.

Add your orange sauce and bring to a boil. Add your chicken and stir well to coat.

Add the water to the remaining cornstarch and stir. When smooth, add to the chicken and stir. Heat until thick.

Add in the sesame oil and orange zest if desired. Serve over rice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not overcook the chicken.
  • For a low fat version, do not deep fry. Instead, try grilling the chicken.
  • Never eat undercooked chicken.
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