How to Make Orange Chicken

I want to show you how to make orange chicken the healthy (and more authentic) way. This is an exquisite version that is not heavy and greasy and is pretty easy to make.

As with all food that you cook in a wok it is imprtant that you have all your ingredients ready before you start. This might take a little prepping but it is necessary. Once you start cooking you will not have time to prep anything as you will be working with high heat and fast.

This is a nice way to cook chicken breast. It is incredibly flavorful and it gets all its orange flavor from a good amount of orange zest.

This is what you are going to need for this delicious orange chicken recipe:

Serves six
2 whole chicken breasts – skinned, boned and cut into 1.5 inch strips
2 TBS sugar
2 TBS soy sauce
2 tsp. rice vinegar
2 tsp. sesame oil
4 TBS chicken stock
White pepper

1 egg white
2 TBS peanut oil
4 TBS cornstarch
1 tsp. rice vinegar

1 TBS minced ginger
1 TBS minced garlic
1 small green bell pepper – diced
1 small orange bell pepper – diced
3 scallions – chopped
1 heaping TBS orange zest

Peanut oil
Orange slices for garnishing

• Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Whisk until mixed well. Set aside.
• Whisk the coating ingredients until mixed well.
• Place the cut up chicken in a bowl. Add the coating and make sure all the chicken is coated well.
• Heat a large skillet or wok with about 2 inch deep peanut oil – until oil is 400 degrees.
• Add the chicken in batches – and cook for only a couple of minutes. Remove the chicken, reheat the oil and add the rest. Repeat the process.
• Reheat the oil one more time and add the chicken – in batches – until starting to turn golden brown. Do not overcook it as it will get hard.
• Empty all but 2 TBS of the oil in the wok.
• Heat well – again.
• Add the garlic and ginger. Cook for one minute until fragrant.
• Add the scallions, peppers and orange zest. Cook for another few minutes – until peppers are cooked but still crisp.
• Add the chicken and the reserved liquid.
• Cook for a couple minutes until sauce is hot and chicken is heated through.
• Serve garnished with fresh orange slices.
• Enjoy!

Print the Orange Chicken Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • June 11, 2011


    I just wanted to say thank you for posting these videos my boyfriend and I used to be addicted to fast food and are now addicted to your recipes. We made a promise to cut back on eating out for ecominical reasons and thanks to you it has been so easy because these meals are so tasty, cheap, and not to mention way healthier. By the way I’m never buying orange chicken again because this recipe is awesome 🙂

  • June 12, 2011


    Hi Jocelyn!
    Thank you so much for this message! I really appreciate it! I am so happy these recipes are helping out! Makes all those hours worthwhile! I hope you have a wonderful week!
    Mary Ann