EASY Orange Chicken Recipe

by Alyona's Cooking

Easy Orange Chicken exists and it’s better than Panda Express! You will not detect any orange flavor here and the sauce is ONLY 5 simple ingredients! One of the easiest Chinese chicken recipes to make at home!

Take-out Chinese chicken dishes are tasty! General Tso’s Chicken and Sesame chicken are among my favorites, but before you get mis-led on “Orange chicken,” let me say you will not taste any oranges here! Some add tons of orange juice and even zest but this recipe is so good that you could omit the orange juice all together and still not miss a thing! It’s incredibly easy to make and tastes like a five-star Chinese take-out dish! No fancy tools or ingredients needed just some happy eaters that love tasty food! Be prepared to impress!

How is Orange Chicken made?

Orange chicken is a sweet Chinese chicken dish similar to General Tso’s or Sesame chicken only with a hint of orange flavoring. Some recipes call for orange juice or zest. This recipe calls for minimum orange juice, so you will not be overcome by a strong orange flavor.

What is General Tso’s Chicken?

General Tso’s Chicken is sweet and supposedly spicy, although some Chinese Restaurants vary from place to place as some prepare sesame chicken spicer.

What is Sesame Chicken?

Sesame chicken is the darker and more sweeter version of General Tso’s Chicken.

Can I make this Spicy? 

Yes! Add a teaspoon of Sriracha or crushed red pepper flakes for some heat.

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Can I make gluten-free Orange Chicken?

Yes! This can be gluten-free just substitute cornstarch for the flour.

How to make Orange Chicken in the crockpot/slowcooker?

To make this in the crockpot place the fried chicken pieces into the slow cooker. Pour sauce over chicken and keep on low for 6-8 hours or on High for 2-4 hours.

Can I make this Orange Chicken in the Oven? 

Yes! Just transfer your fried chicken pieces to a baking dish and pour the sauce over chicken. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.


Want to make quick steamed broccoli as a side?  Just place a heat-proof colander right on top of the pot when simmering the chicken and sauce. Keep covered and steam 8 minutes then remove and continue simmering your sauce uncovered until ready.

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Easiest Orange Chicken Recipe!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 194kcal
The EASIEST Homemade Orange Chicken because the sauce is only 5 simple ingredients and tastes like take-out!
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  • 4 large chicken breasts cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice


  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp soy sauce


How to make Easy Orange Chicken:

  • Combine the orange juice and chicken. Add the flour and spices and toss to coat.
  • Heat 3/4 cup of oil over high heat. Fry chicken 5-6 minutes, turning once. Then Transfer to a large pot and continue frying remaining chicken in batches.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients and pour over chicken. Boil uncovered over high heat for 12 minutes to reduce the sauce. Sauce will thicken.


Quick Meat Tenderizer: Add 1 tsp of baking soda and 2 tsp of vinegar to the chicken and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Then proceed with the recipe. This tenderizes the meat!
For Crockpot Instructions: Transfer the fried chicken to a crock pot and pour sauce over. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on High for 4 hours. 
For Oven Orange Chicken: Place the fried chicken into a baking dish and pour sauce over. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1629mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Easiest Orange Chicken Recipe!
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1629mg71%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 132IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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