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!


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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!

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Easiest Orange Chicken Recipe!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
The EASIEST Homemade Orange Chicken because the sauce is only 5 simple ingredients and tastes like take-out!



  • 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.
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    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.
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    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 crockpot and pour the 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 the sauce over. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. 
Handy Tip: Place a colander of broccoli florets right on top of the pot when simmering the chicken in sauce. You'll have steamed broccoli in 7 minutes to serve as a side!

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1629mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 1gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 132IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg


Can I make this Spicy? 

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

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. Sauce will be runnier using the crock pot or oven version, unless cooked slowly for several hours.

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.


  1. Place a colander of broccoli florets right on top of the pot when simmering the chicken in sauce. You’ll have steamed broccoli in 7 minutes to serve as a side!

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    • Toma

    Oh my goodness I’ve made this the first time already and family absolutely loves it!!!! Better then any take out I’ve ever had! Thank you so much for always sharing the most simple and delicious recipes out there!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      You are so kind, thanks for the feedback! It’s nice to hear you’re loving the recipes!

    • Elaine M

    Ok…I have to say I was skeptical with so few ingredients, but…wow…this was really really good! We didn’t have enough vinegar, so subbed w/more o.j. and lemon juice in the sauce, and a little less sugar to compensate for what the juice provided…and it was a hit with my family!!

    • Kathleen Czyz

    I tried it and it turned out great. Just like a Chinese take out I go to. Thanks for sharing.

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Oh wonderful, Kathleen!

    • linda neeley

    Sounds delicious
    A must try !

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi Linda, let me know how it turns out!

    • Inna

    So easy and delicious!!! Must try!!

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thank you for the feedback, Inna! I’m pleased to hear!

    • Esphier

    This is a must for a go-to recipe for guests. Tastes so delicious compared to other orange chicken recipes I have tried. Definitely recommend trying out this easy recipe.

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thank you, Esphier! I’m glad it guest worthy!

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