Better than take-out Orange Peel Chicken recipe that couldn’t be easier to make from scratch!

Chopsticks holding a piece of orange chicken with more orange chicken over brown rice in the background.

I’m all about take-out style recipes you can make from home. Orange chicken is one of my all-time favorites, but I also love:

A bowl filled with orange peel chicken.

The flavors in this recipe are perfect–sweet and tangy, with a little bit of spice. And you honestly can’t beat how EASY this dish is.

A serving of homemade orange chicken over brown rice.

Made in one pan, no deep-frying or special methods. It’s way healthier than take-out too. I serve it with my favorite Fried Rice, (I leave out the ham and substitute brown rice.)

The left side of a bowl of brown rice with homemade orange chicken on top.


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Prep 20 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 35 minutes
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  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts , cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 4 green onions , chopped
  • hot cooked brown rice , for serving
  • sesame seeds , for garnish (optional)

For the Sauce:


  • Add cornstarch and chicken pieces to a ziplock bag and shake to evenly coat.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add chicken in 2-3 batches, cooking for several minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Add more oil while cooking, if needed. Remove chicken to a plate.
  • Add the sauce ingredients to the pan and whisk well to combine. 
  • Cook for a few minutes, until thickened. Add green onions and cooked chicken and toss to coat. 
  • Serve over hot cooked rice with a few extra green onions and sesame seeds (optional) on top.


Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 10gFat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 568mgPotassium: 278mgSugar: 7gVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 18.4mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.6mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Very good! I had to use Cholula since my Sriracha went MIA, but it ended up fine. Came together really quickly. Kids didn’t care for the texture of the chicken coating (it was a bit goopy for their liking), but the adults all enjoyed it the dish as a whole.

  2. Love reading all your recipes
    I have tried a number of them.
    They turn out well. I am getting
    lots of tastes great and tell
    everyone where to go to ,to
    get great ideas and they are so
    Easy to make.
    Many thanks, Ann

  3. Would like to make this for a birthday dinner for family – question tho can I make this ahead of time as I will be pressed for time. Thank you.

      1. Just made this tonight. I think you could easily mix the sauce and store it, and chop the chicken and store it separately, then cook fresh.

    1. 3 stars
      I have absolutely love every other recipe of yours that I’ve tried. This one is not very good. I think it’s the zest or something it doesn’t have a pleasant taste. It’s alot of work to cook the chicken and not with it in my opinion. Just want to save other people the trouble.

  4. I just have to comment in this one. It has become a regular rotation. My 8 yr old daughter gets excited every time I make it and we have yet to have leftovers from this one. The family has really enjoyed every recipe I’ve made from this site, but this one is definitely a favorite. Skillet lasagna was a huge hit this week too. Thanks so much for putting this site together!!

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