It’s amazingly easy to make orange chicken at home.
If they know you by name and order at your local Panda Express, this recipe is for you. You can have it every day of the week and not feel judged! Crispy, tangy, and oh-so-addictive, orange chicken is here to stay.
You can make this recipe with chicken breast or chicken thighs, it’s up to you. We prefer thighs, because they’re juicier and tastier (plus more affordable!) but, really you can choose your favorite chicken cut.
Orange chicken is delicious crispy bite sized pieces of golden-brown chicken tossed in a tangy, sweet, sticky, savory orange-flavored sauce.
Orange sauce is a sweet and tangy sauce made with orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic. It’s glossy, addictive, and goes perfectly with chicken.
Anyway you can think of cooking up some crispy chicken will work: pan fry, shallow fry, deep fry, bake, or air fry, the choice is yours.
The secret to having crispy chicken is letting your golden, crispy chicken cool a bit before saucing. If you sauce right away, the sauce will soak into the coating, making your chicken soggier than it needs to be. This is why we cook the chicken first and make the sauce second. While your making sauce, the chicken’s coating gets a minute to solidify a bit and maintain a bit of crispiness before being tossed in sauce.
Happy takeout at home!
If they know you by name and order at your local Panda Express, this recipe is for you.
Carefully add the coated chicken to the hot oil in batches, being careful not to crowd the oil. Cook until golden brown, crispy, and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes per batch. Flip the pieces as needed. When cooked, carefully remove and set the pieces on your prepared plate/baking sheet. Repeat until all the chicken is ready, then keep the chicken warm in a low oven.
Add the orange juice, sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, garlic powder, and ginger powder to a large non-stick skillet. Whisk well over medium heat. Let the sauce start to bubble and thicken until it turns glossy and clear. Remove the pan from the heat.
Add the chicken to the sauce and toss throughly. Add the orange zest, if using, then enjoy immediately!
Easy Orange Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 267
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1.8g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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