Chef John

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30+ years of experience in the culinary industry

Better Than Takeout – Orange Chicken

Chef John's Orange Chicken Recipe brings Chinese takeout home! The orange sauce is divine!

CUISINES: Asian
LEVEL: EASY
TIME: 25 min
SERVING: 2 People
INGREDIENTS:
LET'S START
[Sauce] Step 1
[Sauce] Step 1
[Sauce] Step 1
Split your oranges in half, then take out the flesh using a spoon. Don’t cut or dispose of the orange peels. You’ll need them intact for later.
[Sauce] Step 2
[Sauce] Step 2
[Sauce] Step 2
Once you have carved out all the oranges, put them into your mixing bowl, along with all the other ingredients for the sauce.
[Sauce] Step 3
[Sauce] Step 3
[Sauce] Step 3
Put them in the blender, and let the whole thing blend for about two minutes, then take a sieve and sift the blended liquid to remove any lumps. The final product should look like a bright orange sauce.
Step 1
Step 1
Step 1
Cut the chicken into small pieces. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, the salt, the cornstarch, the baking powder, the water and the egg. Be sure to mix them well, then add the chicken into the mix. Don’t forget to coat all sides.
Step 2
Step 2
Step 2
Take a large and heavy skillet and cover it with oil. Heat it to around 375 F then fry the chicken pieces for a few minutes or until they turn brown on both sides. Take out the fried bits of chicken and clean your skillet.
Step 3
Step 3
Step 3
Put the skillet back on the stove and set the burner to “high”. Then add the orange sauce that you prepared earlier. Add the cornstarch and water as well (add two parts water for every part of cornstarch) then stir the sauce until you get the right texture.
Step 4
Step 4
Step 4
When the sauce is ready, add the chicken pieces, and cook for 2~3 minutes until they have absorbed the sauce.
Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
Serve the chicken inside the orange peels from earlier for some additional plating flair! Also, sprinkle them with sesame seeds.
Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Enjoy!