A great orange chicken dish!



Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • In a bowl, stir together warm water, brown sugar, orange juice, soy sauce, ketchup, white vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes, five-spice powder, and orange peel until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is well combined.

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat, and cook and stir the chicken until the outside is golden brown and the inside is no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes. Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover the skillet. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • While the chicken and sauce are simmering, bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Set the rice aside and keep warm.

  • Whisk the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold water in a small bowl until smooth, and stir into the chicken and sauce, a few teaspoons at a time. Let the chicken and sauce cook for about 2 minutes to thicken, then serve over hot cooked rice, sprinkled with green onion.

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Nutrition Facts

347 calories; 8.4 g total fat; 69 mg cholesterol; 424 mg sodium. 38 g carbohydrates; 28.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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  • 2 star values: 20
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 5 stars
We enjoyed this dish. I took other's advice and doubled the sauce ( I didn't double the red pepper flakes though). Should have went with my gut and not used as much cornstarch slurry as it called for. I doubled it since I doubled the sauce and it was very thick and not very sauce like. Next time will slowly add in cornstarch slurry until I like the consistancy. I will make this again as it was quick and easy! Served with green beans and eggrolls. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Best thing i have ever made in my entire life and i can cook pretty good. This is actually better then if you go out and get orange chicken at the cheesecake factory wow we will be eating this on a regular basis Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I really liked this. I used cayenne powder instead Chinese 5 spice because I didn't have any. The sauce is a lot like the sauce on Chinese takeout sweet garlic ribs. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was really good - I only made one minor modification to the recipe and that was to add cayenne instead of the red pepper flakes. Next time I make this I will not use the cornstarch/water mixture because after reducing the sauce is thick enough without having to thicken it further. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is awesome! We just finished eating dinner and I got ablsolute raves from everyone (including 3 kids)! I had extra time so I marinated the chicken in orange juice and soy sauce. Don't know if it changed the outcome of the tast but it was delicious. Better than any local "chinese takeout" Thank You! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Thought this was pretty good. I did double the sauce but thought it was a bit too sweet. So I will decrease the amount of brown sugar next time. The chicken came out a bit chewy even though I only browned it for about 6 minutes. I don't think the chicken needs to brown that long if it is going to simmer in the sauce for 30 minutes. Added mushrooms to the sauce and served over jasmine rice. Might also try to add other veggies next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Awesome recipe!! As for a previous reviewer's comment about the ratio of water to rice: it depends what kind of rice you make. Brown rice is 2c water for 1c rice some sticky rice is 1c to 1c. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I cooked this last night for supper. I was surprised that I had almost all of the ingredients on hand...save the Chinese five-spice powder. We don't like things too hot so I only used 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes. It was very good but I think the next time I make it; I'll double the sauce portion of the recipe. We like a little more sauce to put over the rice. I cooked my rice in our rice cooker and it was perfect. Very good though and came together rather quickly for a weeknight meal. Thank you for sharing. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Try dusting the chicken in a flavored conrnstarch mixture. The chicken will get a nice crust on it and the sauce will thicken as well. Read More