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Orange Chicken

Updated on April 6, 2015
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A certified health and wellness coach, I love discussing food, health benefits and how to keep weight in check,


Feel like something tangy, spicy, sweet and citrusy all at the same time? Orange chicken has all the mentioned culinary delights and more—it’s totally yummy and if you don’t feel like forking money or time to dine out—you can easily make your own. My version has none of the doughy texture and it’s not fried in vats of reused oil (can create free radicals in your body and that in turn can generate cancer and cardiovascular diseases). It is lightly coated with corn flour and pan-fried with enough oil to brown it. Come with me and you’ll see want I mean.


  • 2 chicken breasts diced and marinate with a touch of salt, brown sugar and sesame oil. Set aside
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 thumb o f ginger, sliced thinly
  • 4 to 5 thin slices of fresh orange peel
  • 4 to 5 pods of dried chilies
  • 2 stalks of green onion cut into 2” lengths

Sauce: Mix all the following in a bowl.

  • 3 tbs of ketchup
  • 2 tbs of oyster sauce
  • 1 tb of soya sauce
  • 1 tb of brown sugar or organic sugar
  • 2 tbs of freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tb of Sherry or Shaoxing wine (Chinese wine)
  • ½ tsp of corn starch to thicken the sauce
  • Additional salt and sugar to taste




  1. Coat diced chicken lightly with corn flour and fry in pan filled with about 1” of oil.
  2. Dish it out once it turns golden brown and set aside.
  3. In a pan coated with sesame oil, sauté garlic, ginger, onion, dried chilies and  orange peel until fragrant.
  4. Add chicken and carrots, followed by sauce.
  5. Lower heat and mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  6. Throw in green onions just before dishing out.

The orange chicken is ready to eat. Couple that with brown rice or if you feel like indulging yourself and not worry about glycemic index, expanding waistline, empty carbs—go for white Jasmine rice. It’s heavenly.


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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Agreed, jojokaya--easy to prepare and totally deli. Thanks for your comments.

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    jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

    Easy and very delicious chicken dish. Rated up. Thanks for sharing

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    My dear Tom, i even googled the difference just so i'm not just talking, even though I'm pure Chinese. Both are generally deep fried. Orange chicken has orange rind (traditionally made, but maybe not in America) and a little ketchup to impart the orange color while General Tsao (obviously named after this guy) has a regular brown sauce. Again, different restaurants may make different versions of this. Both are sweet and tangy and that's why it's hard to tell them apart.

    That said, thanks for dropping by. Now, go and get that orange chicken!

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    tom hellert 7 years ago from home

    I am hungry now thanks its 955pm.... darn... this recipe sounds awesome... real quick-what is the difference between general Tsos and orange chicken Sometimes- I can't tell the difference...? please help



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    SamAntone 7 years ago

    I'm definitely trying it! Thank you.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    So nice of you to visit my food hubs. Appreciate your dropping by as always. Let me know how it works out for you.

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    dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    I always wanted to learn how to make this, anginwu! Thanks so much for this recipe. I like how you took a healthy approach to making this. I'm going to have to give this a try now.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    One of my favorites too. Try it sometime. Thank you for dropping by.

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    TS Garp 7 years ago

    I eat Orange Chicken all the time, one of my favorite dishes, thanks for the recipe. Now I'm hungrey! :)

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    Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

    Love this recipe.

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    anglnwu 8 years ago

    Appreciate your visit. Enjoy!

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    jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

    Hmmm...yummy! I love orange chicken! I'm gonna try your recipe.

    Thank you for sharing!

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    anglnwu 8 years ago

    Tony, I'll remember that--you'll wash dishes for a meal.

    Let me know how it turns out when you get to try it.

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    tony0724 8 years ago from san diego calif

    anglnwu I will happily wash the dishes for a meal ! I can,t wait to try this.

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    anglnwu 8 years ago

    ReuVera, thanks for dropping by. Miss u!

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    ReuVera 8 years ago from USA

    Sounds like a great idea for tomorrow lunch! Thank you!