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Easy Skillet Orange Chicken Recipe

Orange chicken recipe is a skillet meal perfect for busy weeknights. Anytime our family wants take out, I make this instead. The orange sauce is divine.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Easy Skillet Orange Chicken Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 348kcal
Author: Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

FOR THE CHICKEN: 

  • 4 chicken breasts (diced into 2 inch pieces)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • vegetable oil (for Frying)

FOR THE ORANGE SAUCE: 

  • 2 oranges (juiced)
  • orange zest (from 1 orange)
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

TO MAKE THE CHICKEN: 

  • Mix the flour and cornstarch together in a small bowl.  Then whisk the eggs in a separate bowl. 
  • Dip the chicken pieces in the beaten eggs and then dip them in the flour mixture.  Move them to a separate plate while you prepare the oil.
  • Heat approximately 3 inches of the vegetable oil in a large saucepan or skillet to approximately 350 degrees F. 
  • Then work in batches, to cook the chicken in the oil for 4-6 minutes until the chicken is browned and cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 
  • Move the chicken to a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.

FOR THE ORANGE SAUCE: 

  • Place the orange juice, orange zest, honey soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and garlic in a medium saucepan.  Whisk together and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium high heat.
  • Then mix the cornstarch with approximately 2 Tbsp of water in a small bowl to make a slurry and whisk this mixture into the sauce in the pan. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Then toss the chicken with the orange sauce. Serve over rice topped with green onions and enjoy!

Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 701mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg