Orange Chicken - quick and easy Chinese dish with chicken in a citrus sauce. Perfect served with rice and steamed vegetables.
Citrus and chicken go so well together in this dish, just like in my Firecracker Chicken. I serve it with my perfect Instant Pot Rice.
If you are a fan of quick takeout inspired dinners, like my Sesame Chicken, you will love this Orange Chicken. I skipped the heavy breading and frying the meat to simply saute it in oil and then simmer in a delicious honey orange sauce. It's easy yet bursting in flavor. A perfect quick meal for busy weekdays! This Orange Chicken is as quick and easy as browning the chicken, mixing the sauce ingredients in one bowl and letting everything simmer together. Serve with rice and steamed vegetables, like broccoli or Asian vegetable mix for a simple yet flavorful meal. You can use this recipe for meal prep and keep portions in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- orange juice
- low-sodium soy sauce
- apple cider vinegar
- minced garlic
- orange zest
- Start by dicing the chicken into bite-size pieces. You can use boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl or a measuring cup, combine orange juice, honey (or brown sugar), soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger and orange zest. Whisk well. Add cornstarch and whisk well. Set aside.
- Heat up olive oil in a skillet. Add chicken and cook until done and starts to brown. Add sauce to the pan and cook on medium-low heat until it thickens.
- Serve with rice and steamed vegetables.
Panda Express copycat
To make this Orange Chicken just like the restaurant, you need to coat the chicken pieces in a simple breading. Mix 1 large egg with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Dip each chicken piece in the batter, then cook on the pan or fry in oil. Follow the recipe below for the sauce.
What to serve with orange chicken?
- You can serve this Orange Chicken with rice and steamed broccoli, as shown in the photos.
- You can add Asian vegetable mix right to the pan with chicken and sauce, stir fry style.
- You can skip the rice and serve the saucy chicken in lettuce wraps for an even healthier, low-carb meal.
Can I make it ahead of time?
Yes! You can make this chicken two ways: cook the chicken, cool completely and store in a container, in your fridge. At the same time, cook the sauce in a saucepan and keep in a jar in the fridge. When ready, heat up everything together in a skillet and serve over rice. You can also follow the recipe and cook chicken and sauce together, cool completely and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. The sauce will thicken so you may need to add a little water to it while reheating.
How to store leftovers?
Keep any leftovers of this dish in a container with lid, in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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- 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- zest of ½ orange
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- Cut chicken into bite size pieces, season with salt and pepper.
- Heat up olive oil in skillet. Add chicken and cook until done and it starts to brown.
- In a mixing bowl or measuring glass cup, whisk together orange juice, honey, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, orange zest and cornstarch. Whisk well.
- Add to chicken and cook on medium-low heat until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
- Serve with steamed vegetables and rice or in lettuce cups.
- You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs in this recipe.
- The nutrition value does not include rice and broccoli.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
This recipe was originally posted on January 11th, 2019 and updated on January 14th, 2020.
Hoping to try this very soon! If making the sauce ahead of time, do you think this would work well freezing just the extra sauce in jars?
There are only 2 of us. Can I freeze half after it's made.
Absolutely! Just make sure to cool it completely first, then place it in a freezer bag.
Dakota Tannery says
I used fresh orange zest, don’t do it. The flavoring overpowered the taste of the actual sauce.
Krissy Allori says
Orange chicken is a favorite of my sons. I loved being able to make this for him. It was good and really easy to make.
That's wonderful, Krissy! Thank you!
This was so tasty! Used chicken breast and it came out great!
Awesome! Thank you, Beth!
Angelia Carter says
Do you think any other types of meat can go with the sauce
Laura Reese says
Thanks for such a delicious recipe. The flavors are so good. We will make it again.
Thank you, Laura!
I added peppers and thinly sliced carrots. Oh goodness, so yummy!
Perfect! Thanks, Kara!
Hi, just wondering how much ginger and what type to use. Ingredients list doesn’t have it but your blog. Sauce mix tastes great so far, just wondering if the ginger should be fresh or powder? Love your site, already picked a few more recipes to try.
Hi Grace! I apologize for that. It should be 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger or 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. I hope this helps! PS: If you like the sauce already, you can skip the ginger.
Made this tonight. It was delicious and easy and we would make it again for sure. My husband did his with chicken thighs and I did my with chicken breast. We doubled the sauce so we could each add to our pans. We also added carrots, celery, onions, sugar snap peas, and water chestnuts. We garnished with sliced green onions. The dish was perfect and tasty and we loved the sauce. Thank you!
This looks like a great meal!
Get in my belly! This looks so good. So hungry for this!
This was dinner tonight and it totally earned a permanent spot on our weekly menu. SO GOOD! Can't beat an easy dinner recipe with lots of flavor! Thank you!!
Yay! That's wonderful! Thank you, Sharon!
I love the citrus flavors in that dish!
Love an easy and delicious dinner idea! Adding to my dinner menu!
This is my kind of dinner! I love the orange flavor!
Thank you, Catalina!
I was looking for a quick and easy dinner and tried this. OMG! So good! I absolutely love the honey orange sauce. YUM!
This is a chicken my kids would just love!! How wonderful that it's so easy to put together!
Chrissie Baker says
This was SOOO INCREDIBLY DEEELICIOUS!!! Best orange sauce I have ever had!
My taste buds thank you for the AHHHMAZING healthy orange chicken recipe! 🙂
Will def. be making again and again. My daughter gave me the idea to add pineapple chunks to it. We sure loved the pineapple addition! 🙂
Becky Hardin says
What a simple but delicious meal!!! Orange chicken is one of our favorites.
Thank you, Becky!
what a great recipe to kick off the new year! can’t wait to try!!
lauren kelly says
This is one of the few meals that my entire family will eat!
That's awesome! Thank you, Lauren!
Taylor W. says
I love orange chicken and love that this is a skinny version! Making soon!
I cannot believe how easy this orange chicken was to make! I love the orange honey sauce. It's delicious! Do you think I can make a bigger batch of the sauce and keep it in a jar in my fridge?
Hi Julia! Yes! You can make the sauce in a saucepan, even double the ingredients and keep it in the fridge. I hope this helps!
Oh, my gosh, I love orange chicken & to have a skinny version..give it all to me! I love how quick this is to make, also!
Thanks so much, Kristyn!
Wow, that looks so bright and fresh. Reminds me of summer. Will try it out this weekend!
Thank you, Kathy!