Crispy Orange Chicken Recipe

Updated on June 20, 2020
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Liza is a homemaker who loves baking and cooking. She also enjoys collecting postcards from friends all over the world.

Crispy on the outside, juicy and tender in the inside. This crispy orange chicken is delicious.
Crispy on the outside, juicy and tender in the inside. This crispy orange chicken is delicious.

Best Home-Cooked Meal for Dinner

Are you out of ideas for what to cook for your family? Are you tired of making the same few recipes over and over? I have the answer for you: crispy orange chicken. It's easy to prepare and absolutely delicious to eat.

Orange chicken is a popular dish in Chinese restaurants all over the world. I first tasted this dish in Malaysia, where I grew up. Quickly, it became one of my favorite dishes to order when going out for Chinese food.

This particular recipe requires a marinating step, which adds a bit of extra time to the preparation. The results, however, are worth it.

This dish is perfect when served with steamed rice as well as a side dish such as stir-fried vegetables. If you have leftovers, save them in a container and store them in the fridge.

It's a perfect dinner for your family.
It's a perfect dinner for your family.

Ingredients

For the chicken and marinade:

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into small pieces
  • 5 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water (add more if the batter is very thick)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

For the sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (add more if you want more sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the salt, pepper, cornflour, egg, and water. Stir to combine.
  2. Add oil to the mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Combine the chicken with the mixture. Coat the chicken evenly. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 1 hour before frying.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  5. Place coated chicken pieces into the pan gently, using tongs, to avoid splashing oil.
  6. Fry the chicken, flipping each piece every 2 minutes. Cook until the pieces turn golden brown. Continue frying the chicken until it's all done. Set aside.
  7. Heat another pan over low heat.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Stir well. Set aside.
  9. Fry the minced ginger, garlic, and chili flakes for a few minutes.
  10. Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, orange juice, and cornstarch mixture.
  11. Add the vinegar into the pan and stir to combine.
  12. Add the fried chicken into the pan. Coat the chicken with the sauce.
  13. Remove the chicken from the pan.
  14. Place the chicken in serving bowl or plate. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sesame seeds.
  15. Serve immediately with steamed white rice.

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In a large bowl, combine the salt, pepper, cornflour, egg, and water. Stir to combine.Add oil to the mixture and stir to combine.Combine the chicken with the mixture. Coat the chicken evenly.Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 1 hour before frying.Fry the chicken, flipping each piece every 2 minutes. Cook until the pieces turn golden brown.You can use store-bought orange juice or fresh-squeezed.Fry the minced ginger, garlic, and chili flakes for a few minutes.Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, and orange juice.Add the vinegar and stir to combine. Coat the chicken with the sauce.Serve the orange chicken with steamed white rice. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
In a large bowl, combine the salt, pepper, cornflour, egg, and water. Stir to combine.
In a large bowl, combine the salt, pepper, cornflour, egg, and water. Stir to combine.
Add oil to the mixture and stir to combine.
Add oil to the mixture and stir to combine.
Combine the chicken with the mixture. Coat the chicken evenly.
Combine the chicken with the mixture. Coat the chicken evenly.
Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 1 hour before frying.
Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 1 hour before frying.
Fry the chicken, flipping each piece every 2 minutes.
Fry the chicken, flipping each piece every 2 minutes.
Cook until the pieces turn golden brown.
Cook until the pieces turn golden brown.
You can use store-bought orange juice or fresh-squeezed.
You can use store-bought orange juice or fresh-squeezed.
Fry the minced ginger, garlic, and chili flakes for a few minutes.
Fry the minced ginger, garlic, and chili flakes for a few minutes.
Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, and orange juice.
Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, and orange juice.
Add the vinegar and stir to combine.
Add the vinegar and stir to combine.
Coat the chicken with the sauce.
Coat the chicken with the sauce.
Serve the orange chicken with steamed white rice. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Serve the orange chicken with steamed white rice. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

© 2020 Liza

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Good! I love eating orange chicken with steamed rice. I think they perfect together, or you can make stir-fry noodles. Yes, cornstarch is a must for the recipe.

      I hope the recipe turns out good for you and your family. Happy weekend to you too!

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 

      4 weeks ago

      Well, I am a sucker for Orange Chicken.

      The combination of sweet and sour always makes my taste buds happy, happy, happy!

      I also think it's brilliant that you added cornstarch to the mix to make the sauce thicker.

      Well, now I can't wait to give your recipe a go on the weekend. :)

      Thank you for sharing, Liza!!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      We love it too Peggy. I think it's nice to be able to make similar food that we enjoy eating at the restaurant. Plus, we can cook in a larger batch to share with family and friends. Thanks for pinning the recipe, and I hope you like it!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      We love eating Orange Chicken in Chinese restaurants. It is great to have a good sounding recipe that we can prepare at home. Pinning this and I'll make it soon. Thanks for your recipe.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      You should try it! I'm not exaggerated about it but, it was absolutely delicious. I'm sure you are a great cooker too, Gordon. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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      Gordon Hamilton 

      7 weeks ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I can close my eyes and imagine how it must taste, just by looking at your pictures. Don't remember ever pairing chicken with orange before but definitely going to give it a try!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      You're welcome :) Thank you for commenting, Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      The chicken looks delicious. Nice, easy to follow, recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      That's great! Perhaps you can try to make this dish at home. Thank you for commenting, Liz :)

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 weeks ago from UK

      I really appreciate the fact that this recipe is made up of ingredients that I already have. Your step by step pictorial guide is excellent and you have produced another tasty dish.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      The orange chicken is one of my favorite dishes to cook for dinner. The combination of the orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger is absolutely delicious. Thanks for commenting, Linda.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Orange juice and chicken sounds like a tasty combination. I like the list of sauce ingredients very much!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      7 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Rachel, thanks for commenting and pinning the recipe. This orange chicken is absolutely a must-try! Oh, you can substitute the cornflour with potato starch.

      Blessings to you and your family :)

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      Rachel Alba 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi Liza, Your chicken looks beautiful as well as appetizing. The color is amazing and I love the flavor of orange on anything. I will be pinning your recipe and making it as soon as I go shopping for chicken. One question, if I can't find cornflower, what can I substitute?

      Blessings to you and stay safe.

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