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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!