Spicy Orange Chicken


My spicy orange chicken has the same flavor profile as its take-out counterpart: sweet orange, spicy chilies, and Asian condiments. I make this without oil, creating something much lighter and very tasty.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 cup orange juice

  • cup brown sugar

  • cup rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks

  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced, white parts and tops separated

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces

  • ½ cup sugar snap peas

  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced into rings

  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. Whisk together orange juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, fish sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl.

  2. Mix in chicken pieces and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  3. Drain chicken thoroughly in a colander, reserving marinade.

  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook and stir chicken in the hot skillet for 2 minutes; spoon out any excess liquid. Continue to cook and stir until chicken caramelizes, 6 to 7 minutes.

  5. Stir in white portions of green onions, garlic, and orange zest; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in 1/2 of the reserved marinade; discard remaining marinade. Simmer until reduced and thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.

  6. Stir in bell pepper, sugar snap peas, and jalapeño pepper; cook and stir until vegetables are warmed, about 2 minutes. Stir in green portions of green onions; cook and stir 1 minute.

  7. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

Chef's Note:

You can use either sugar snap peas or a handful of snow peas.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
11g Fat
25g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 627mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 62mg 310%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 606mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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