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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Recipe

Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 35 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 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:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2-4 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauces to taste, for heat
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

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

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  1. 5 stars
    I am planning to make this for dinner, the recipe looks AMAZING!
    Q. For the orange peels, do I add that towards the end after they were dried previously or do you cook/saute them at what point during the process? I see 1 photo of them in the pan with the chicken & green onions. Do you then eat the peels with the meal? And can you update the recipe to include how to prep & add the orange peels too, I could not find it above. Thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    This is a great orange chicken recipe. I’ve made this several times, and my family loves it!

    1. Thanks Laurie 🙂 I actually use a hand peeler to peel a long, thin piece and then wrap it around a chopstick.