Classic Chinese Orange Chicken. This simple recipe is made with batter fried chicken coated with a sweet and tangy caramelized glaze. Serve over rice, top with sesame seeds and green onions for a classic takeout favorite.
Well, we’ve been snowed in for the last couple days, the kids are lovin’ it, however I’m going a little stir crazy. I heard that we were in for a big storm but seeing how we’re fairly new to this part of the country I didn’t realize what that really meant. Next time there’s a big storm on its way I’ll be sure to do a little preparing just in case were indoors for a few days.
Do you know what the worst part about being snowed in is, when you have a craving and you can’t leave the house to get what you want. Yesterday I had a craving for Chinese food and the more I tried not to think about it the more I wanted it. Thankfully I keep a pretty well stocked pantry so I was able to throw together something to satisfy my craving.
I don’t know about you but when it comes to Chinese food I prefer savory, where as my kids like dishes that are on the sweeter side. Fortunately for them I had everything I needed to make orange chicken, which happens to be one their favorites.
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3 chicken breasts, cubed
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup vegetable oil
4 green onions, chopped (optional)
sesame seeds (optional)
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Simple Orange Chicken Recipe
In a small saucepan, over medium-low, combine BBQ sauce, orange marmalade, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Simmer for 15 minutes. If you are serving the chicken with rice, now would be a good time to start it.
Heat the oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, dip the chicken into the beaten eggs.
Then working one at a time, dredge the chicken in cornstarch, pressing to coat.
Gently place the chicken in the hot oil, working in batches, fry until the chicken is golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
Toss the chicken with orange marinade. Serve over rice and top with green onions and sesame seed.
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 1½ cup orange marmalade
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 3 chicken breasts, cubed
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 green onions (optional)
- sesame seeds (optional)
- In a small saucepan, over medium-low, combine BBQ sauce, orange marmalade, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Simmer for 15 minutes. If you are serving the chicken with rice, now would be a good time to start it.
- Heat the oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, dip the chicken into the beaten eggs.
- Then working one at a time, dredge the chicken in cornstarch, pressing to coat.
- Gently place the chicken in the hot oil, working in batches, fry until the chicken is golden brown. Drain on paper towel.
- Toss the chicken with orange marinade. Serve over rice and top with green onions and sesame seed.
Does your family enjoy Chinese food? What are some of your kids favorite dishes?
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This looks delicious and its made the way restaurants do it with the battering.
I have so many allergies I can’t eat the sauces at a chinese food restaurant, but this I can have.
Thanks for sharing
It is really delicious, I actually like this recipe more than the one I get from our local Chinese restaurant.
A Narrow-Minded Woman says
I love orange chicken.
Orange chicken is the best.
Janet Vinyard says
Hi Robin, Thanks for sharing your recipe for Orange Chicken, one of my husband’s favorites! I look forward to trying it soon! Blessings, Janet
Orange chicken is one of my families favorites too!
This recipe looks delicious.
It really is delicious and the best part is how easy it is to make!
Sandra Garth says
So much better than what you’d get at a food court!
Your right it is better! If I were to give my family a choice between Orange Chicken from our local Chinese restaurant or this recipe, they would choose this recipe everytime!
I love this easy recipe! We all love chicken and chinese food and this recipe is my option for the next weekend cheat eat we have 😉
Thank you for sharing!
I wish you a wonderful weekend!
On weeknights I’m always looking for easy recipes and this one goes on the menu often, Not just because it’s so easy, but my family really loves it.
I actually think I happen to have everything but the green onions already at home for this. I will for sure be making it very soon!
I love recipes that use ingredients that I always have on hand.
These look so good! Makes me want to pull out my wok and try it out. This recipe looks a little easier than my old sesame chicken recipe. Hows the taste? Is it pretty authentic?
It’s a really simple recipe and it tastes a lot like what our local Chinese restaurant serves. Best part, my kids really like it.
Chinese food is a big comfort food for me and I feel like I crave it all the time! Orange Chicken is a favorite of mine and I will definitely be trying out this recipe the next time I get a craving. Thanks! 🙂
I crave Chinese food a lot too! I love how easy it is to make for when that craving hits.
This looks so yummy! Will definitely be giving it a try…I reckon even my fussy kids would eat this!
You won’t be sorry if you try it, it is really yummy! My fussy kids love it.
This looks so good! I love Chinese orange chicken, it’s my favorite. I need to try this at home!
Chinese is one of my favorites too! I love how easy it is to make.
Amber Nelson says
That looks amazing. We love CHinese food at our house so this we would definitely give a try!
It is really amazing. It’s one of my kids favorites.
We love Chinese, we actually had it for lunch today. I would love to make it at home though, this looks delicious!
Chinese food is one of my families favorites, we eat it about once a week.
Melanie Frost says
That looks amazing. Just like you would get at a restaurant. My hubby’s favorite is orange chicken. I am going to show this to him.
My family actually likes it better than the restaurant version.
Oh my god, orange chicken is my favourite! I have tried a few recipes and loved all of them so I might make this tonight for dinner – you can never have enough orange chicken!! x
I’ve tried other delicious orange chicken recipes but this is the easiest.
Nicole Feliciano says
This looks delicious. My family loves chicken and it’s pretty easy to make.
It has really good flavor and it’s one of the easiest meals I make.
Jae | Dreaming of Leaving says
Oh my GOSH I am totally making this for dinner tonight, great recipe! xo
I hope you enjoy it, I know my family does whenever I make it.
Courteney Noonan says
This looks so yummy! Chinese chicken is my favourite way to eat chicken – I’ve never tried to cook it myself though. Maybe I should give it a go 🙂
You should definitely give it a try, it is super easy to make!
I’m a total lover of Chinese food and these pictures are making me feel so hungry! I’ve never really cooked Chinese food at home myself before but would love to try this recipe.
This is the perfect recipe if you’ve never cooked Chinese before, only because it is sooooooo easy and tastes great!
Mary Songer says
I love chinese food but it can be so expensive so I love finding recipes that we’ll love that are easy to make at home. Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to be trying to make this one.
You’ll be surprised at how easy this is to make and it’s definitely a lot cheaper.
Miz Helen says
We will love your Chinese Orange Chicken. I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, hope you have a great day and hope to see you again soon!
Thanks Miz Helen!
I’ve always loved Asian cuisine. This dish looks so delicious and I’m sure that it is packed full of flavors.
It’s really surprising how much flavor this recipe has using just a few simple ingredients.