Orange Chicken
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Orange Chicken



When I was a kid, my parents used to get us take-out from our hometown Chinese restaurant, House of Hunan, and Orange Chicken was always in our to-go bag. I'm not sure if it was the sweet taste from the honey and orange or just the exotic name, but this dish was something we had to have every time we went there. These days, I avoid MSG at all costs, so a lot of our local take-out Chinese food is off my list, but not wanting to deprive my kids of some of my childhood favorites, I came up with this healthy and delicious dinner treat that we all loved. With just the right amount of colorful vegetables and a tangy sweet sauce my kids were lapping up, this recipe was not only easy to make, but it actually made me nostalgic for my own childhood. House of Hunan, this one's for you!

Orange Chicken  (Serves 4)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 10 mins,
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When I was a kid, my parents used to get us take-out from our hometown Chinese restaurant, House of Hunan, and Orange Chicken was always in our to-go bag. I'm not sure if it was the sweet taste from the honey and orange or just the exotic name, but this...


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cubed, boneless, skinless
  • 1 cup snow peas, halved
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch thin strips


  1. 1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
  2. 2. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and cook the chicken cubes for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. 3. Add the vegetables and cook an additional 2 minutes then transfer the chicken vegetable mixture to a bowl.
  4. 4. Add the sauce to the pan, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes until reduced by half.
  5. 5. Add the chicken and vegetables back into the sauce and cook an additional minute.
  6. 6. Serve.
Orange Chicken

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  2. noel

    January 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    we just made the orange chicken, our first attempt with a weelicious recipe. mmmm. Very Good. I am now trying to set up ziplist so i can have the ingredients list onhand when i can’t figure out what to make for dinner and am staring aimlessly down a grocery store aisle.

  3. Deborah

    October 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Was there another orange chicken recipe tht included sesame oil?

  4. mlldeluna

    September 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I tried to double the recipe and it came out watery. Any tips to avoid this in the future?

    • catherine

      September 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Did you let the liquid reduce by half? If you’re doubling the recipe it’ll take longer to reduce!

  5. rebecca

    July 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Delicious! My hubby even had seconds:) We like sauce pretty thick so I added about 3 teaspoons of cornstarch, but other than that it was really good.

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  7. Megan

    February 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    This is my daughter’s FAVORITE thing to eat. I probably make it for her once a week. Its fantastic for us too, just added some spicy-ness!

  8. pscdiaz

    May 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight, Loved it!!!

  9. MJ_Mom

    May 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Made this last night and my 19 month old loved it

  10. Andree

    March 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

    This was SOOO delicious! Easy, quick and healthy. Thank you!

  11. Jen

    February 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Just made this for the first time tonight…. Hard for me to find one dinner that my husband, 5 year old, 1 year old will all eat willingly and without complaint, you NAILED it with this recipe! So good! Thank you!

  12. Melody

    November 29, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I can’t believe something so simple to make tasted so good. my 2 year old, 3.5 year old, husband and I FINALLY all enjoyed the same meal at the same time. It’s a Christmas Miracle! Thank you!!!!!

  13. Shalu

    November 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Love this recipe. I think I am going to try this over the weekend. Can I freeze it ?

    • catherine

      November 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

      not sure how it would freeze, let me know if you do :)

  14. Susan

    October 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Just finished eating this and it was great! My two year old, who has suddenly become picky, gobbled it down–snow peas and all!

  15. Gabe

    September 25, 2010 at 3:18 am

    haha, i like it so much!

  16. Julie

    September 21, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I made this last night and it was delicious — also smelled amazing while it was cooking. I will definitely be making this one again!!

  17. Rachel

    September 15, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Made this tonight, it was a hit! Thanks :)

  18. Hattie

    September 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    would love to know how this turned out. I’m without a kitchen right now and have been using the slow cooker for everything!

  19. Karen

    September 10, 2010 at 11:02 am

    My son cannot have honey. Can I substitute agave for honey?

    • catherine

      September 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

      Yes you can :)

  20. Karen

    September 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    My 13month old and my husband loved this one!! Thanks Catherine for another great recipe:)

  21. Dawn

    September 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I do not have a working stove currently. Is there a way I can make this in a crockpot by chance?

    • catherine

      September 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      I’m sure you can, but the sauce will be watery than thick- just pour everything in the Crock Pot – since the chicken is cut in chunks – I would say 1 hour on high or 2 hours on low, haven’t tested it but if you try it out let me know! But I’m sure it will be delicious!

      • Dawn

        September 18, 2010 at 11:20 pm

        Thank you Catherine. I might have to try it.

  22. Helen

    August 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I plan on making this tonight but I don’t have any fresh ginger! However, I do have a ginger sauce that my husband brought back from Japan, we use it for making ginger pork saute. Do you think this will work? If so, how much should I use? It has the consistency between water and honey. Thanks.

    • catherine

      August 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      What you can use is ground ginger – just use half of what the recipe calls for since ground ginger is much stronger than fresh ginger.

  23. Cathy

    August 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    We just had this for dinner and it was a HUGE hit! My son is going through a picky phase right now and so I didn’t know if he’d eat it. But he INHALED it! I can’t thank you enough for this great recipe, and for your amazing site! I am a huge fan!!!

  24. Anne

    August 19, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I’m finishing making this right now and have just sampled — very good! Had the thought that for grown-ups, a handful of peanuts on top would taste great!

  25. crystal

    August 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Will this freeze well? Im making this for dinner tonight and I know im going to have alot of leftovers.

  26. Kat

    August 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I made this last night, followed directions as stated, however, my sauce has not reduce by half or thickened much. What do you think my mistake was?

    • Joanna

      April 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      I had a similar problem… mine reduced by half but did not thicken. I finally just added a little flour because I had to get dinner on the table, luckily it wasn’t noticeable by taste :)
      I also didn’t have the right veggies on hand, but I threw in broccoli and zucchini. It still came out great! Served it over brown rice. Will definitely make it again!

    • catherine

      August 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm

      You have to keep reducing until it thickens. Put the heat on medium and let it simmer until it reduces and thickens. It make take some time. Hope you liked it :)

  27. ellie

    August 19, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I love Asian food! I can’t wait to share this with my daughter – maybe my husband will even enjoy it.

  28. Kristina

    August 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Now I know what to do for tomorrow night…I love you!

  29. Jessica

    August 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I cant find ginger in any of my local grocery stores. is there something I can substitute??

    • courtney

      August 18, 2010 at 10:54 pm

      Jessica are there any asian food markets near you? They carry ginger, that’s where I have to go to get mine.

    • catherine

      August 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      You can use ground ginger, just use 1/2 tsp since ground ginger is much more stronger than fresh.

      • Adriana

        August 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm

        Would it compromise the taste very much by using ground instead of fresh?

        • catherine

          August 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm

          It may but you will still get the flavors :)

  30. Jana

    August 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Sounds yummy! Do you think tofu will work as well?

    • catherine

      August 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm

      Tofu would be wonderful!!

  31. Darby

    August 18, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I think I love you right now.