Sticky Orange Chicken

Sticky Orange Chicken

If you like chicken, this recipe is for you! If you are simply fed up with dry and boring chicken breast, this will be a game changer. And if you don’t like chicken, you might become a fan after this ?! Glossy, juicy and tender, this healthy sticky orange chicken will give the takeout joints a run for their money!

A while ago, I shared my college time’s favourite takeout – Beef in black bean sauce. Today, I’m sharing another Chinese take-out replica, which is also one of my favourite chicken dishes – Sticky Orange Chicken. While using skinless and boneless breast – your chicken will still be super tender and juicy. Each bite is glossed with the perfect balance of saltiness, sweetness, and tanginess of sticky ginger orange sauce.

Look at that beautiful and glossy colour!

Another good news for those conscious of your diabetic health, this recipe is completely free of refined sugar. By using freshly-squeezed orange and date-sweetened orange jam, we achieve a major cut in calories from added sugar.

Ingredients are simple enough

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 explain the maths: You’ll begin with 5-10 minutes prepping and 20-30 minutes of marination time. Though you can reduce marination to 10 minutes but I would not recommend it. During this waiting time, you will work on the sauce, side dishes, rice and even social media show-off ?. The actual cooking is a sheer a quarter of an hour. Finally, my guess is that it will probably take you only 5 minutes to wolf down the whole plate. Yup, it is that GOOD!

I like serving this on rice and steamed green vegetables (like broccoli, string beans, carrots, paprika). Just 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!!!

Healthy Orange Chicken
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
55 mins
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 salt, sweet, and tang of the sticky orange sauce.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: chicken, dinner, orange chichen, proteinrich, takeout
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 285 kcal
Author: H.P.
Chicken marinade
  • 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
Sticky Orange Sauce
  • 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
Marinade the chicken (20-30mins)
  1. Pat dry chicken breast with kitchen towel (*)
  2. Cut in bite-size chunks and into a bowl
  3. Add salt, pepper, and baking soda
  4. Cover with cling film and let marinade in the fridge for 20-30 minutes
Preparing the orange sauce
  1. Zest and juice one large orange, yielding around 120-150ml of juice)
  2. Grate garlic and ginger
  3. Add all the ingredients and mix with a whisk until everything is well dissolved
  4. If you like it spicy, add some fresh chili or chili powder
  1. Heat oil in a deep frying pan on medium high
  2. Sear the chicken bites for 2-3 mins each side until golden. Total 10-12mins
  3. Pour in the orange sauce
  4. Once it bubbles up, reduce to simmer for another 3-4mins
  5. Add water to thin out if needed
  6. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds before serving
Recipe Notes

* 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!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3.2g 16%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 725mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 8.7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 4.5g
Protein 31g 62%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.