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Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

Enjoy Chinese takeout at home with this easy orange chicken recipe! No deep frying required. Great easy dinner option for busy nights.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 527kcal
Author: Megan

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 orange juiced and zested
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions for topping
  • 1 tbsp orange zest for topping

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine the egg, 3 Tbsp cornstarch, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add the chicken and toss until each piece is fully coated. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, orange zest and juice, garlic and 1 Tbsp cornstarch. Whisk until cornstarch has dissolved.
  • Heat the canola or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken in a single layer (do this in multiple batches, if needed) and cook for 2 minutes per side, or until browned. Add all of the chicken back to the skillet, along with the orange sauce. Cook over medium heat until the chicken pieces are fully cooked through, 5-7 minutes.
  • Serve immediately over white rice. Top with green onions and orange zest.

Notes

Because this recipe is not deep-fried it is already a healthier version of the Chinese staple dinner. To make it even healthier, do any or all of the following:
  • Use low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Decrease the amount of brown sugar by half.
  • Reduce the amount of canola or vegetable oil you use by half (although you may not achieve perfectly crispy chicken if you go this route).

Nutrition

Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 226mg | Sodium: 1400mg | Potassium: 1005mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg
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