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Easy Orange Chicken

Making Chinese dishes at home is not just healthier than takeout, it’s also way, way faster than waiting for delivery. This easy orange chicken comes together in about 20 minutes.

Prep Time

        Prep time: 10 minutes
        Cook time: 20 minutes
        Yield: Serves 6


    •    1 tsp kosher salt
    •    2 tbsps vegetable oil
    •    2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2 inch cubes

For the Orange Sauce:

    •    2 tsps orange zest
    •    1/4 cup cold water
    •    2 tbsps brown sugar
    •    1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
    •    2 garlic cloves, minced
    •    1 tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
    •    1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    •    3 tbsps low sodium soy sauce or tamari
    •    1/2 tsp chili-garlic paste, plus more to taste

For Serving:

    •    steaming rice
    •    sesame seeds (Optional)
    •    chopped green onions (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Fit a rack in the center position. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or spraying it with nonstick baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the chicken breast pieces with salt and the vegetable oil. Arrange the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake the chicken in the oven on the center rack, until cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  4. Prepare the orange sauce: In a small bowl form a slurry by combining the cornstarch with the water until smooth. In a small saucepan add the orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, chili-garlic paste, sugar, garlic and rice wine vinegar, mix to combine.
  5. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce, stir to combine and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  6. Once the chicken is fully cooked, pour the orange sauce over the chicken and toss until the chicken is fully coated.
  7. Serve over white rice or cauliflower rice, sprinkled with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.

This great family recipe is thanks to The Modern Proper at


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