Sweet and Sour Orange Chicken


Tangy sweet and sour chicken with a kick of orange flavor.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup ice water

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes

  • vegetable oil for frying


  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ½ cup white vinegar

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup orange marmalade

  • ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh ginger root

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Beat ice water and egg together in a bowl using a whisk or a fork. Add baking soda and salt and mix to combine. Add 1 cup flour to water mixture; mix until blended but lumpy.

  2. Place remaining 1 cup flour in a separate bowl. Cover each piece of chicken in flour, then move to egg mixture and cover, letting excess batter drip off.

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large, deep frying pan over medium heat until a drop of water crackles when placed into oil.

  4. Place chicken into the hot oil and fry, flipping if needed, until no longer pink in the center and golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.

  5. Combine cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl.

  6. Combine sugar, ketchup, vinegar, 1/2 cup water, orange marmalade, pineapple, pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; add cornstarch mixture. Reduce heat and let simmer, stirring frequently, until desired thickness is reached.

  7. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute hot sauce for red pepper flakes, if desired.

Make sure to bring the orange mixture to a boil, otherwise it will be starchy.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

455 Calories
12g Fat
75g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 455
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 481mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 208mg 4%

* 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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