Asian Orange Chicken Recipe

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bowl of orange chicken and rice

Flavor Filled Orange Chicken

Do you have someone in your family who loves orange chicken, but you don’t have the time to fuss with the chicken? We have a shortcut that will help you get dinner on the table quick without losing flavor. This has gotten a thumbs up from our family.

orange juice

What Ingredients Are Used?

  • water
  • orange juice
  • lemon juice
  • rice vinegar
  • soy sauce
  • brown sugar
  • ground ginger
  • minced garlic
  • cornstarch
  • popcorn chicken
  • cooked rice (we cooked 2 cups of rice)
brown sugar mixed with cornstarch

What Goes Into Orange Chicken?

Orange juice goes into making this chicken dish. You will want lemon juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar (to sweeten) and cornstarch (to thicken). Minced garlic and ground ginger bring the signature flavor together.

orange sauce for Asian chicken

Do I Use All the Sauce You Make?

You can use all the sauce, or be more reserved with it and you can cook additional popcorn chicken as you need it and add the sauce you want heated and poured over the chicken and rice.

sauce boiling in pot

What Is Your Asian Chicken Hack?

Use popcorn chicken in this recipe for an easy hack.  I keep any extra sauce in a mason jar in the fridge.  This lets us make this dish quickly with the remaining orange sauce.

cooking sauce in pot

How Do I Prepare The Chicken?

Prepare in the oven or a toaster oven can be used. Use popcorn chicken as a ‘cheat’ to make this recipe. Use chicken you like that has a delicious batter on it. Cook the chicken like normal. Prepare the sauce and place the cooked chicken into the sauce.

jar filled with sauce and cooked chicken

If you love this orange chicken, you will want to try our orange marmalade recipe.

bowl of orange chicken and rice
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Homemade Orange Chicken

With a few short cuts, we're making orange chicken that is full of flavor and allows you get get your veggies and enjoy a one bowl meal.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Author: Regina Sober


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice (we used one with lots of pulp)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 bag cooked popcorn chicken
  • cook 2 cups of rice


  • Start cooking your chicken and your rice per package directions.
  • Add all the liquid ingredients together in a large pan (this does boil).
  • Begin to cook on medium heat.
  • In a bowl add the brown sugar and corn starch together and stir.
  • Add the ginger and garlic into the brown sugar mix and stir well so there are no lumps,
  • Add the garlic into the liquid mix.
  • Next, pour the brown sugar mix into the pot and stir well to incorporate.
  • Continue to stir to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a boil and remove from heat to cool.  The sauce should thicken to almost a gravy consistency.
  • Allow the chicken to simmer in the sauce for 5-6 minutes, stirring to keep it from burning on the bottom.
  • Remove and serve over the rice.


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If desired, you can sprinkle sesame seeds over chicken.
With a few short cuts, we're making orange chicken that is full of flavor and allows you get get your veggies and enjoy a one bowl meal.

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