Healthy Orange Chicken – sticky, glossy and yummy!
If you like chicken, this recipe is for you!
If chicken is what you eat most in the week, this one will be a nice change in your menu
If chicken breast often turns out dry and boring, I’ve got your back here! Tenderness & juiciness guaranteed
And if you don’t like chicken, this might very well the what that will change your mind 😉
A while ago, I shared my college-time favourite takeout – Beef in black bean sauce. Today, I’m sharing one of my most favourite chicken dishes which happens to be another Chinese take-out replica – Sticky Orange Chicken. While using the leanest cut of the meat – the skinless, boneless breast – your chicken bites will be super tender and juicy, glossed with the perfect balance of saltiness, sweetness, and tanginess of the sticky orange sauce.
Another good news for those conscious of your fitness, kids’ health, and diabetic conditions, this recipe is completely free of sugar. Instead all of the sweetness comes from the freshly-squeezed orange and organic date-sweetened orange jam, making it a healthy all-round winner for your dinner plate.
In terms of time, is this a speedy recipe that you can just cook up on a weeknight? The answer is YES and YES!
Let me math it out: You’ll begin with 5-10 minutes prepping and 20-30 minutes of marination/resting time. You can reduce the second step to 5-10 mins but I would not recommend it and be prepared to accept the short on flavour! However while waiting, you will work on the sauce, prepping all the side dishes, cooking the rice and even have some time left for social media 😉). This is followed by a sheer 10-15 mins of cooking. Then my guess is it will probably take you only 5 minutes to wolf down the whole :D. Yup, it is that GOOD!
I like serving this on rice and steamed green vegetables (like broccoli, string beans, carrots, paprika). Plain and neutral so that the chicken shines!
Now, start your timer to check how fast the chicken will go down 😉
Hope you’ll enjoy this amazing take-out replica and see you back here next week with the Ultimate Breakfast Waffle recipe!!!
- 1 double chicken breast about 600-700gr
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Optional – 1 egg white OR 20gr aquafaba (liquid from canned chickpea, if you’re allergic to egg)
- 1 tbsp 12ml oil to fry the chicken
- Juice & zest of an orange 120-150ml
- 1 ½ tbsp ~20ml soy sauce
- 1 tsp 8-10ml rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp 8-10ml Shaoxing wine
- 1 tsp orange marmalade 10-12gr. I use this by St. Dalfour
- 2 large garlic cloves
- 1 thumb of fresh ginger
- ½ tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp ~5gr corn starch
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- 2 stalk of green onions chopped
- ½ chili pepper
Pat dry chicken breast with kitchen towel (*)
Cut in bite-size chunks and into a bowl
Add salt, pepper, and baking soda
Cover with cling film and let marinade in the fridge for 20-30 minutes
Zest and juice one large orange, yielding around 120-150ml of juice)
Grate garlic and ginger
Add all the ingredients and mix with a whisk until everything is well dissolved
If you like it spicy, add some fresh chili or chili powder
Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium high
Sear the chicken bites for 2-3 mins each side until golden. Total 10-12mins
Pour in the orange sauce
Once it bubbles up, reduce to simmer for another 3-4mins
Add water to thin out if needed
Sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds before serving
* Note: Believe it or not, raw chicken contains salmonella bacteria that is responsible for most cases of food poisoning and can be easily spread around the kitchen. Therefore, avoid washing raw chicken meat in the sink, use hand gloves, separate chop board, knife and always wash/sanitise them immediately after using!