Easy Asian Orange Chicken

Our Easy Asian Orange Chicken is the perfect faux takeout meal if you love takeout but can’t find a good takeout place near your house!
A dark plate with fluffy white rice and orange chicken sprinkled with green onions over the top and a white bowl with extra orange sauce in the background

I love sauces. I love to dip in sauces or cover meats in sauces etc etc. It’s just so delicious. A few weeks back we hosted my brother in law’s birthday bash at our house. It was so much fun and way good food. His family has an “easy Asian orange chicken” recipe that all of the kids just love in the family, but it has nothing orange in it, so I decided to make a real orange chicken. We actually ended up loving both the pretend orange chicken and the real deal so both recipes were keepers!

 

Asian Orange Chicken in a white bowl on a wooden table.

 

 

What to Serve Orange Chicken With

 

Ham Fried Rice on a white serving platter.

 

 

Don’t worry if you’re wondering what to serve your Asian orange chicken with, I’ve got you covered, our favorite side is not one you’ll be surprised by, Fried Rice of course! We’ve got a few recipes but this particular photo is of our Ham Fried rice and there’s a secret that will make this Asian orange chicken taste just like your favorite takeout, do you know what it is? Plus there’s a video in the post so check it out!

 

 

Easy Asian Orange Chicken

 

A dark plate with fluffy white rice and orange chicken sprinkled with green onions over the top and a white bowl with extra orange sauce in the background

 

 

This Asian Orange Chicken recipe was found on a new favorite site, Blog Chef but don’t be overwhelmed by the ingredients list. This recipe is super easy and well worth the list of ingredients!

 

How to Make Orange Chicken Glaze

Orange chicken glaze isn’t hard to make at all. It’s just a list of basics you’d find in many Asian sauces, ginger, soy sauce, sugar and so on. This one just also adds in orange juice and rice vinegar. Oh my goodness, it’s so saucy and goes so well with chicken. In fact, it’s so good I’m starting to think that salmon might be a great way to go as well. Has anyone tried that?

 

 

A dark plate with fluffy white rice and orange chicken sprinkled with green onions over the top and a white bowl with extra orange sauce in the background

 

 

Can You Bake Orange Chicken?

You can bake Asian orange chicken but you’ll want to mix up that breading as the crispy breading on orange chicken doesn’t turn out as well to be baked instead of fried. Instead, if you want to bake our easy Asian orange chicken just use the breading on our Sesame Chicken recipe and proceed with the sauce as normal.

 

 

A dark plate with fluffy white rice and orange chicken sprinkled with green onions over the top and a white bowl with extra orange sauce in the background

 

 

Can You Freeze Orange Chicken?

If you’re using the baked recipe you can freeze orange chicken, but make sure you freeze it in a single layer on a pan before putting it in a freezer safe bag. As always, we really do prefer to use our Food Saver that we got off of Amazon with the starter kit. It sucks out all of the air and the food stays so fresh you can’t tell it was frozen.

When you’re ready to reheat just defrost the chicken on a dish in the fridge with saran wrap laid over the top, then bake with a little drizzle of oil over the tops of the chicken. Remember, this is just for the chicken, not the sauce.

 

 

a white bowl with easy asian orange sauce for chicken and a grey plate with white long grain rice topped with orange chicken and green onions in the background

 

 

Can You Freeze Orange Sauce for Chicken

You can easily freeze orange sauce for chicken, just let it cool completely before place in a freezer bag and pressing out any air. Lay it on a flat surface, not a surface with the wire rack, otherwise you need to use a pan under it as it will sink into the bars and then freeze making it super hard to remove from the freezer. I speak from experience, haha. Again, just use the Food Saver, it really is the better way.

 

 

Easy Asian Orange Chicken

Easy Asian Orange Chicken

 Do you love takeout but can’t find a good one close to your house? Try our Easy Asian Orange Chicken and sit back for a faux takeout meal!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-1/2” cubes)
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Oil (for frying)

Orange Sauce

  • 1 ½ cups orange juice and zest from one orange
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ginger root (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper.
  2. Dip chicken in egg mixture and shake in flour mixture to coat.
  3. Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.
  5. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes.
  6. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger and garlic. Bring to a boil.
  7. Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly.
  8. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens.
  9. Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and if desired add red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 2927 Calories
  • Total Fat: 30.4g
  • Cholesterol: 822.2mg
  • Carbohydrates: 417.4g
  • Fiber: 12.7g
  • Sugar: 239.9g
  • Protein: 235.5g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

A dark plate with fluffy white rice and orange chicken sprinkled with green onions over the top and a white bowl with extra orange sauce in the background

Baked Sesame Chicken

Oh how we love this saucy, crunchy chicken! It’s just like the one we used to get at a local restaurant!

Baked Sesame Chicken in a white bowl on a wooden table.

Asian Crispy Honey Chicken

It’s crispy, juicy and packed with flavor that even the kids love!

Asian Crispy Honey Chicken in two white bowls next to small bowl of white rice.

 

 

 

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.