Spicy Orange Chicken


Spicy orange chicken is one of my favorite Chinese takeouts. This is a light version full of flavor, but not full of sugar. Making your favorite Chinese takeout at home insures quality ingredients. There is less fat and sugar, and you can eat more without feeling guilty. For this recipe, I added ginger and garlic for extra flavor. The tangy orange flavors pair wonderfully with the dried chili peppers. You can add as many peppers as you want, until you get the desired heat level. Having a toddler, I have to keep things at a mild to moderate heat level. Serve this chicken with extra broccoli for nutrition. You can easily cook the broccoli in the sauce by adding in the last few minutes of cooking. This way the broccoli will retain its crunch. Serve with steamed white or brown rice.

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Yield: Serves 4

Spicy Orange Chicken

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For the Chicken:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite-size pieces
kosher salt
1 cup corn starch
1 beaten egg
oil for frying

For the Sauce:
the zest and juice of 2 medium Florida oranges, or 1 large California orange
1/2 cup spicy Asian vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon freshly ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup corn starch dissolved in 1 cup water
Several dried chili peppers, add to taste

Additional Ingredients:
steamed rice
2 cups broccoli


Add oil to deep fryer or to large skillet. Preheat oil for frying to 350 degrees. Cut up chicken and salt and pepper. Add chicken to large bowl with beaten egg, and toss to coat. In another large bowl add cornstarch.

Pick the chicken out of the egg mixture with tongs, and add to the bowl of cornstarch, toss to coat.
Fry chicken in batches until light golden brown, being careful not to overcrowd the pan or deep fryer.

Prepare sauce by adding orange juice, orange zest, chicken stock, ginger, garlic, chili peppers, vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce to a boil in a saucepan.

When the sauce comes to a boil, add the cornstarch dissolved in water. Simmer until thickened.
Add broccoli to the simmering sauce in the last few minutes of cooking.

In a large serving bowl, add fried chicken pieces, sauce and broccoli, and toss to combine
Serve over steamed rice.

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  13 Responses to “Spicy Orange Chicken”

  1. Karen — October 14, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    This looks so good and so easy. I’ll be trying it!

  2. Nicole — October 14, 2009 @ 6:28 pm

    this looks like it is filled with great flavors. I never think to do spicy, besides chili, but this looks very worthy of a dinner in my house!
    .-= Nicole´s last blog, Pesto Chicken =-.

  3. Brianna — October 14, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

    I am so glad I found your blog- I have heard about it! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes because everything you make is amazing!

  4. Ginger — October 14, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

    Would it still be as tastey but not spicy if you used rice wine vinegar instead of the spicy asian vinegar, and left out the chili peppers?

    • Angie — October 15, 2009 @ 8:08 am

      It will still be very tasty, but not spicy.

  5. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — October 14, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

    Spicy orange chicken sounds excellent, delicious flavors!
    .-= Natasha – 5 Star Foodie´s last blog, Veal Involtini with Fontina and Truffles =-.

  6. [email protected]'s Recipes — October 15, 2009 @ 5:22 am

    I love the chicken prepared with citrus fruit…and yours with the spicy touch is even better!

    Angie’s Recipes
    .-= [email protected]’s Recipes´s last blog, Baked Stuffed Zucchini =-.

  7. Reeni — October 15, 2009 @ 8:53 am

    I make almost the exact same recipe! I love the ginger in it. I agree about making Chinese food at home – you actually know what’s in it. Looks very delicious!
    .-= Reeni´s last blog, Zesty Chicken Burritos =-.

  8. Chaya — October 17, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

    I have been wanting to make chicken with orange and this looks like a good one to try. I am glad to find you have a badge. I will be proud to display it.
    .-= Chaya´s last blog, Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies =-.

  9. nw mama — October 26, 2009 @ 1:33 am

    yum! i think i am going to have to give this one a try! thanks for posting :o)

  10. Angelnina's Cottage — October 28, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

    OH OH! I really have to try this recipe. It has all the flavors my family love. I’m not sure if I’m missing something, but I can’t see when to add the brown sugar and rice vinegar..I assume it goes into the sauce, right?
    .-= Angelnina’s Cottage´s last blog, Chuckanut Drive and a Cocktail =-.

  11. Angie — October 29, 2009 @ 9:36 am

    @Angelnina’s Cottage,
    you are right, I corrected the recipe above

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