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Super Delicious and Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

This is a traditional method of cooking Orange Chicken on the stove. First, you coat the chicken pieces in batter, fry it in hot oil until it's golden, then toss it in a thick and sweet orange sauce over the stove.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword Chicken Recipes, Orange Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Frying Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 to 2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • oil for frying

For the Batter

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil

For the Orange Sauce

  • 2 large ripe oranges, juice and zested
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cornstarch mixed with 1 tbsp water for the slurry
  • 1-2 whole red Thai chilies (if desired for spiciness), optional


Make the Batter

  • In a large bowl, combine all the batter ingredients (flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper, egg, oil, and water). Mix until the batter is well-blended.
  • Add the chicken cubes, making sure everything is well coated.

Fry the Chicken Pieces

  • Use a deep fryer, if you have one, to fry the chicken pieces.
  • If you don't have a deep fryer:
    Add 2-3 inches of oil in a large saucepan.
  • Fry the batter-coated chicken cubes in small batches, turning halfway. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry until the chicken is golden brown.
  • Line a plate with a paper towel. Place the browned chicken on the paper towel, so it soaks up any extra oil. Let rest while you make the sauce.

Make the Orange Sauce

  • In a large skillet, juice and zest two whole oranges. Add soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic powder. Mix together.
    If you like spicy food, add 1-2 thai whole chilies at this time. (Optional)
  • Place the skillet on the stove. Cook on medium-high heat until the sauce comes to a boil.
    Taste and adjust the flavor. Add more sugar if you like it sweeter, or more soy sauce if you like it to be saltier.
  • Mix the cornstarch and water together to make a slurry. Pour into the sauce, stirring constantly, until the orange sauce thickens. This takes less than one minute.

Toss the Fried Chicken with the Sauce

  • Add the fried chicken pieces back into the skillet and toss until the sauce coats every piece.
  • Turn off heat and serve over rice.