Monday, June 6, 2016

Orange Chicken Recipe

I love cooking, and my family loves to eat. We have a few of our favorite meals, one of them is the Chinese orange chicken. Orange chicken consists of chopped, battered and fried chicken pieces coated in a sweet orange-flavored chili sauce, which thickens or caramelize to a glaze. From what I learned, this dish is very popular in the United States rather than in mainland China.

I've cooked orange chicken a lot, not from scratch but from a store bought in frozen section of Trader Joe's. I have tried a couple of different kind from different grocery stores, but the Mandarin Orange Chicken from Trader Joe's is by far the best one, until today.

Today I decided to cook my family's favorite dish from scratch. I have all the ingredients, I was so excited to give it a go. I found two recipes that I like and I combined each recipes to my liking.

Orange Chicken Recipe

For the chicken:

~ 5-6 pieces chicken thighs (you can also use chicken breast) cut into bite sized pieces
~ 1 egg
~ 2 Tablespoon cornstarch
~ 1/4 cup flour
~ 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
~  1/4 cold water
~ Salt and pepper to taste
~ Canola or vegetable oil for frying

For orange sauce:

~ 1/2 cup orange juice (I used juice from fresh orange)
~ 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
~ 6 Teaspoon brown sugar
~ 1/2 cup chicken broth or water ( I used chicken broth)
~ 1/2 Teaspoon crushed rep pepper, more if you like it spicy
~ 2 Teaspoon minced ginger
~ 2 Teaspoon corn starch
~ 2 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar while vinegar or red wine vinegar 
~ Zest of 1 orange (optional)

To add to the sauce:

~ 3 clove of garlic, minced
~ 1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

How to cook it:

1. In a medium bowl, mix all the orange sauce ingredients. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk egg, add flour, corn starch, salt, water and mix together until batter is smooth. Add chicken pieces to bowl, mix well and set aside.

3. Heat up a frying pan or a wok with deep-frying oil. Carefully drop in the battered chicken pieces, one by one, make sure it spreads out to prevent sticking and over crowding the pan. Deep fry until color changes to golden brown and flip over chicken pieces if need to for even browning. Dish out and rain on paper towels.

4. Heat up another frying pan or wok and add 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil. Still fry minced garlic until fragrant. Carefully pour in the orange sauce inter, still and bring to light simmer. You may adjust additional seasoning to taste. Add water if the sauce is to thick or add corn starch if the sauce is too light.

5. Toss in the deep-fried chicken, stir well until all sauce is absorb and lightly thickened up. Transfer to a serving plate or bowl. Add chopped green onions or scallions. Serve with hot steamed rice.


  1. Ya ampuunn this one looks sooo good. Must try this weekend.

  2. Pembantunya mama mertua jago bikin ini :D. Au sndiri lgs suka pas nyobain. Manis gurih dgn aroma jeruk :D. Tp jujurnya malah blm prnb coba menu ini di restoran cina

    1. Gampang Fanny bikinnya. Anak anak juga suka. Hayo di coba :)

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  4. Mbak, thank you buat resepnya. Buat praktis dimasak untuk sahur, apa bisa pakai frozen popcorn chicken? Tinggal di-glaze dengan orange sauce.

    1. You are welcome, Edwina. Kayaknya bias juga pakai frozen popcorn chicken. Rasanya mungkin hampir sama. Kasih tahu ya gimana rasanya.

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