Orange Chicken

Why order out when you can make delicious Chinese food at home? It's cheaper, and tastes WAY better than take out. It does take some effort to prepare, but it's worth it. This Orange Chicken recipe, from Annie's Eats, is slightly sweet with a great citrus kick. Even with just two people to feed in my house, this chicken was gone in no time!


Orange Chicken
Recipe from Annie's Eats

For the marinade and sauce:
¾ cup chicken broth
¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1½ tsp. finely grated orange zest
6 Tbsp. white vinegar
¼ cup soy sauce
½ cup brown sugar (dark or light)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1½ lbs. boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. cold water
8 thin strips orange peel (optional)

For the coating and frying:
3 large egg whites
1 cup cornstarch
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups peanut or canola oil

To make the marinade and sauce-
Combine the chicken broth, orange juice, orange zest, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper in a large saucepan; whisk to blend well. Measure out ¾ cup of the mixture and transfer it to a large zipper lock plastic bag. Add the chicken pieces to the bag, pressing out the excess air and sealing well. Refrigerate and let marinate 30-60 minutes, but no longer. Place the saucepan with the remaining mixture on the stove and heat over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. Add the mixture to the saucepan with the sauce. Continue simmering until the sauce is thick and translucent, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the strips of orange peel, if using.

To prepare the coating-
Place the egg whites in a pie plate and whisk until frothy. In a second pie plate combine the cornstarch, baking soda and cayenne pepper; whisk to blend. Drain the chicken of the marinade in a colander or large strainer; pat dry with paper towels. Place half of the chicken pieces in the egg whites and turn to coat. Transfer the pieces to the cornstarch mixture and coat thoroughly, shaking off the excess. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

To fry the chicken-
Heat the oil in a 11- or 12-inch round Dutch oven or straight-sided sautĂ© pan until the oil reaches 350°F. Carefully place half of the chicken pieces in the oil and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes, turning the pieces halfway through cooking. Remove from the oil with a skimmer or slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Return the oil to 350°F and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
**(For this step I just used my deep fryer, heated to 350°F, added ¼ of the chicken and plunged it into the oil to cook for 5 minutes.)

Reheat the sauce if necessary and toss with the cooked chicken pieces. Serve over rice, if desired.



  1. I love Chinese food!!! Looks much better than take out!

  2. Looks just like what you'd get in a restaurant. But tastes much better, I'm sure!

  3. Jessica orange chicken is one dish I've never made at home. I think you just changed my mind!


  4. Yum... Orange chicken is a huge hit in my house - this looks fantastic.

  5. I love orange chicken, but I've never made it home. This looks delicious. Those photos are making me hungry!

  6. I've never made orange chicken myself, but my whole families loves it. This looks and sounds so much better than anything would probably get at a restaurant. :o)

  7. This orange chicken looks super delicious. I never made orange chicken before, but now I definitely have to! Beautiful photo, it makes me almost want to lick my screen!

  8. That orange chicken looks delicious and I bet it is a lot healthier than the take out version!

  9. Feature Alert! Feature Alert! I featured this over at Today's Top 20!


  10. Thanks Amanda! Very much appreciated :)


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