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This homemade ORANGE CHICKEN is a healthier take on popular Chinese take-out dish. We're skipping heavy-breading and deep-frying part, but you'll still enjoy tender juicy chicken with sticky sweet orange sauce! #orangechicken #betterthantakeout #busycooks #chickenrecipe #easydinner #quickdinner

Homemade Orange Chicken

A healthier take on homemade orange chicken. We're skipping the deep-frying part, but you'll still enjoy tender juicy chicken with sticky sweet orange sauce! Though you can make this with chicken breast, I highly recommend dark meat here.


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable, or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions, about 5 scallions

For sauce:

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, +1 tablespoon water

For serving:


  • In a large bowl, mix chicken, egg white and cornstarch until well combined.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the prepared chicken and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Add ginger and garlic and cook for a minute.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together chicken stock, orange juice, zest, brown sugar, soy sauce and rice vinegar.
  • Stir in the sauce into the chicken and bring it to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes. The sauce should be thickened and reduced by almost half.
  • In a little bowl, mix cornstarch with water and add it to the simmering chicken. This will thicken the sauce.
  • Stir in the scallions and cook for another minute or two.
  • Serve over steamed white rice and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 420kcal, Carbohydrates: 40.6g, Protein: 29.9g, Fat: 16.1g, Cholesterol: 108.3mg, Sodium: 439.1mg, Sugar: 10.2g
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