This easy to make and naturally sweet Orange Chicken Recipe is a delicious take on the American-Chinese classic and is ready in 20 minutes. A fun and tasty meal for the entire family!
Orange Chicken Recipe
When I was a little kid, I loved my family’s outings to the Chinese buffet. It was during those fun family meals that I perfected finding just a little more room in my already full tummy for one more trip to the steam table to load up on my favorites. It was in the tray situated between the spare ribs and the beef & broccoli that I saw it first: chicken bits in a thick sauce that seemed to call my name. I grabbed the serving spoon, loaded up with orange chicken and returned to the table to give a shot. It’s fair to say that I was a big fan of the cheeky play of savory and sweet! This orange chicken recipe is my take on that classic Americanized Chinese dish I tried all those years ago (and which made a regular appearance on my plate on every family trip to the Chinese buffet after that first delicious bite).
Many times, an orange chicken recipe will call for the bite sized chicken bits to be coated in flour and deep fried. I eliminated that step and opted to sautée the chicken to make this version a little healthier – and because of my well documented fear of deep frying. Garlic and ginger lay down a fragrant base that just seems to work well in many Asian stir fry dishes. The sweet and salty interplay between the soy sauce, honey and orange juice is tempered by use of a little rice vinegar. A base layer of fresh bean sprouts on the plate is the perfect vehicle to load this orange chicken recipe on to. The sprouts bring an awesome, crunchy textural element to the party! A few sesame seeds – and chopped scallions make this dish look and taste like you went out for Chinese. But your family’s compliments to the chef will be for you instead!
This orange chicken recipe is ready in around 20 minutes, so it’s an easy go-to meal for those busy days when you’re balancing work, little league practice and all the other things that can sometimes make a day seem too short to cook. While the ingredient measurements I’ve listed below are for approximately two servings, you can easily double (or even triple) the amounts if you’re cooking for a big group. With a short and easy ingredients list – and super-simple cooking steps, this fun orange chicken recipe will be ready in no time. Oh, and it’ll be delicious!
This orange chicken recipe is perfect for the entire family!
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- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite size pieces
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
- 3 scallions, finely chopped
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- ½ tsp sesame oil (optional)
- 2 cups bean sprouts (optional), rinsed and patted dry
- For the orange chicken sauce:
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp ginger, grated
- ⅓ cup orange juice
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey (add one more if you like it sweeter)
- 3 tsp cornstarch mixed with 3 tsp water
- Put chicken, rice vinegar and cornstarch in a bowl and mix until cornstarch has dissolved. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, add all the ingredients for the orange chicken sauce - EXCEPT for cornstarch and water. Whisk until smooth and set aside.
- In a large pan over high heat, add oil and chicken and toss for 4-5 minutes, until chicken is almost cooked through.
- Stir the sauce and add to the pan. Bring the sauce to a boil and add cornstarch and water mixture, stirring constantly.
- Cook for a minute or until the sauce has thickened and turn the heat off.
- Put the bean sprouts on a plate and top with orange chicken. Drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle sesame seeds and scallions on top. Serve immediately.
High in niacin
High in selenium
High in vitamin B6
Very high in vitamin C