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Orange Chicken

January 7, 2018 (Last Updated: March 9, 2019)

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Make your own takeout Orange Chicken

Orange chicken topped with sesame seed and green onions

This post was originally published in May 2015. The pictures and recipe have been updated.

Lately my family has become obsessed with takeout orange chicken.  There’s just something about that rich tangy sauce that is so delicious.  I finally decided I needed to find a way to create it at home. 

A delicious plate of orange chicken.

For the good and the bad, we live 30 minutes from town.  The good:  Country living where we can get away from it all, raise farm animals and a huge garden.  The bad:  We work and go to school in town.  The kids are all involved in sports and other activities so we get stuck in town just about every day.

On weekdays we leave our house by 6:00 in the morning and often don’t make it home until after 6:00 at night.

We  don’t usually buzz home between activities because there just isn’t enough time.  This makes dinner extra challenging!

Getting ready to make the sauce for orange chicken

We do try to eat dinner at home as much as possible. Since orange chicken has been one of our favorite takeouts, I decided to try to make it at home.  This can be pulled together in under an hour, but I’ve  found some time saving measures for those busy weeknights!

Orange Chicken is one of our favorite dinners to make at home.

On soccer practice nights, the kids are starving and every minute counts.  I need to get the food on the table as quick as possible.

In order to avoid a lot of prepared foods, I often get meals ready on the weekends or even the night before.  Not every meal works to prepare ahead of time, but this orange chicken worked with several make ahead steps.

The orange chicken didn’t suffer a bit in flavor and this weeknight meal was on the table in 20 minutes with my make ahead tips!

Ingredients for Orange Chicken

  • Chicken breast
  • Corn starch
  • Fresh Orange
  • Fresh Lemon
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • Olive Oil

Here are my make ahead steps

  • Brown and cook all the chicken, let cool and then cover and place in the fridge.
  • Mix sauce in a separate container and place in fridge.
  • Just before dinner, get a pot of rice started.
  • Heat a large saute pan, add sauce.
  • Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer stirring often.  Add Chicken.
  • Keep cooking until the chicken is warmed through and the sauce clings to the chicken.
  • Serve over hot rice.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Keep in mind, if you aren’t pressed for time, you can make everything at one time.  Just follow the steps in the recipe!

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Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken

Delicious orange chicken
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner, Entree
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 5 servings
Calories 375 kcal


  • 2 pounds Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch


  • Zest from 1 Orange
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/3 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce (I used low sodium)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (Crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet red chili sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil


  • Cut chicken into 2 inch pieces.
  • Place 1/2 cup corn starch in a large zipper top bag. Add chicken. Seal bag and shake so all pieces are coated in corn starch. Gently shake off each piece of chicken to remove excess corn starch.  Set on a plate and set aside. 


  • Mix zest, juice, vinegar, water, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chili sauce and 2 Tablespoons corn starch in a bowl. 


  • In a large, hot saute pan, add 1- 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add just enough pieces  of chicken to cover pan. You do not want the pan overcrowded or the pieces won't brown properly.
  • Brown each side.
  • Once all sides are browned, remove from pan. Chicken might not be fully cooked, it will finish cooking in sauce.
  • Continue browning all chicken pieces.
  • When all chicken is cooked, add sauce to pan. Bring to a boil.
  • When starting to thicken, add chicken back to pan.
  • Continue cooking until sauce thickens and chicken cooks through.
  • Serve hot over rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.



Time saving tips:
Sauce can be made ahead of time. Chicken can be cooked ahead of time and then kept in the fridge until ready to use.
Bring sauce to a boil. Add chicken. Cook until sauce is thickened and chicken is warmed through.


Calories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 39gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 650mgPotassium: 708mgSugar: 12gVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 2.7mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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  • Reply
    January 11, 2018 at 7:27 am

    I have never had orange chicken, but I can imagine I would love it! It looks gorgeous! Pinned and I hope to get to cook it soon!

    • Reply
      January 14, 2018 at 6:42 am

      It is delicious! Thanks for pinning!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 9, 2018 at 4:47 am

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe, Kathy!! I enjoy making food at home way more than going out – it’s tastier and plus I can stay in the coziness of my own home in my comfy clothes and not venture out into the cold, lol. Pinning this one! Love orange chicken!

    • Reply
      January 14, 2018 at 6:44 am

      I totally agree! I’d much rather stay home and make it myself!

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    January 8, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Nothing better than homemade! I love orange chicken! This is going on this week’s menu! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      January 14, 2018 at 6:48 am

      It is perfect for a weeknight!

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    David @ Spiced
    January 8, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Gosh, that 30 minute trip to work/school/etc certainly would mean that dinners need to be planned like a well-oiled machine! And it sounds like you’ve got it down with this recipe, too. It looks delicious, and I love the idea of making your own take-out…it’s usually better when you make it at home anyways! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing, Kathy!

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      January 14, 2018 at 6:50 am

      I know many people commute much further. We just need to make certain we have everything planned out ahead of time!

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    Michelle | The Secret Ingredient Is
    January 8, 2018 at 5:20 am

    We love takeout! My husband would especially love this one, we’ll definitely have to try this one at home!

    • Reply
      January 14, 2018 at 6:51 am

      It’s a hit with everyone in my family.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 7, 2018 at 10:49 am

    This is one of my favorite takeouts oo Kathy! So excited to try your recipe at home!

    • Reply
      January 14, 2018 at 6:55 am

      We have this on our menu once a week right now! It is so yummy!

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    Kennedy Cole
    June 9, 2015 at 7:35 am

    5 stars
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    June 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Orange chicken is one of my husband’s favorite dishes! Love that you made it home! So much healthier than take-out and it looks so delicious!

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    June 1, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Orange chicken is one of my favorite recipes ever and honestly, like Erin alluded too, you never know exactly what’s in your food at the local Chinese restaurants. The local expose suggested that one of the local restaurants was serving up roadkill deer. Oh dear!

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      June 1, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Best to make your own to avoid the unknown!

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    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    June 1, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Kathy – I love homemade Chinese recipes because you know exactly what’s in your food. This orange chicken looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply
      June 1, 2015 at 8:14 am

      I agree…I like knowing exactly what I’m eating.

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