Recipe: Orange Chicken with Basmati Rice

Orange ChickenWe love orange chicken, but it was getting costly to go out to a restaurant every time, and the store bought stuff just wasn’t that great. I found a recipe on Big Oven and modified it a bit to make it AWESOME.

Orange Chicken
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
17 min
Total Time
27 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
17 min
Total Time
27 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds chicken breast; boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch chunks
Batter
  1. 1 egg
  2. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  4. 2 tablespoons water
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Sauce
  1. 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  2. 1 cup apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  3. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons orange juice
  4. 4 1/2 tablespoons water
  5. 4 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  6. 2 cloves garlic; pressed
  7. 1 cup granulated sugar
  8. 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chili paste; optional
  9. 2 teaspoons sesame oil; optional
To Finish Dish
  1. 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the batter ingredients in a medium bowl; whisk to combine. Add the chicken, toss to coat, and let it sit while making the sauce.
  2. Whisk the soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, water, and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Add the remaining sauce ingredients to the soy sauce mixture. Set aside while cooking.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Drop half of the coated chicken to the pan **If your pan is large enough and you can fit all of the chicken in one layer, you can cook it all together.**
  4. Cover, and cook without lifting the lid, for 3 minutes. Lift the lid, flip the chicken (it's okay if they are sticking together), re-cover and cook for another 2-4 minutes.
  5. IF NECESSARY, Remove the cooked chicken to a clean bowl, add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pan and cook the rest of the chicken in the same manner. When cooked, add this chicken to the other cooked chicken in the bowl.
  6. Re-stir the sauce to incorporate the cornstarch. Pour into the skillet, reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Add the chicken and it's juices back into the skillet with the sauce. Toss to coat and cook another minute or two.
  7. Serve over rice (I always make my delicious Basmati Rice, recipe below) and top with some crushed red pepper (if you'd like to add a bit of heat).
Adapted from BigOven
Adapted from BigOven
Full Time Mama http://www.fulltimemama.com/
Orange Chicken with Basmati RiceServe over this fantastic Basmati Rice:

Basmati Rice Pilaf Style
Serves 6
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
17 min
Total Time
23 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
17 min
Total Time
23 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  2. 3 whole cloves
  3. One 3 inch stick cinnamon, halved
  4. 2 whole green cardamom pods (still tastes great without this if you have a hard time finding it!)
  5. 2 cups Basmati or Jasmine rice
  6. 4 cups water
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over high heat until almost smoking. Add whole spices and cook, stirring until they pop.
  2. Add rice, stirring until lightly golden and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add water and bring to boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly, and simmer until all water has been absorbed, about 17 minutes.
  5. Let stand, covered, about 5 minutes, fluff with fork and serve.
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Comments

  1. I love orange chicken and this recipe makes it sound so easy to make at home – I think I might try this sometime soon 🙂

  2. I am sold. This sounds and looks delicious, I have been on the look out for new chicken recipe ideas. Thanks you!

  3. Oh yum, that looks delicious. I love orange chicken!

  4. orange chicken is one of my all time favorite dinner foods!! YUMMY over rice, too

  5. This sounds like a recipe I would try! I’m not a huge fan of rice but my hubby loves it so I’m trying to cook it more often!

  6. YUM! Thanks for sharing! I’d love to make this at home, looks delicious!

  7. I love orange chicken! That looks absolutely delicious!

  8. I’m a HUGE asian foods girl. This recipe is something I can make at home when I’m craving takeout.

  9. I haven’t had orange chicken before because I don’t do spicy foods. But with your recipe I can make it and just leave out the chili paste and crushed red pepper.

  10. We love orange chicken too, it’s one of the main things we get when we have “take out”! Making it at home though, I know we’d love it even more, homemade is always better!

  11. My oldest daughter loves orange chicken. I’ll have to try my hand at making it. I bet my whole family would enjoy it!!!

  12. Thank you for posting. Orange Chicken is our daughter’s favorite and I’ve been wanting to make it from scratch since right now we just buy the frozen stuff.

  13. My husband loves orange chicken! This looks like a great recipe for it too!

  14. This looks tasty! I am always looking for new and different recipes. Chicken is on of our favorite meats.

  15. Yum! I am always looking for new meals to make with chicken, and I love basmati rice. Sounds like a delicious recipe!

  16. I am not a big fan of orange chicken. But yours does look good!

  17. Looks yummy and sounds great. Always looking for something good and easy to make. Thanks!!

  18. Amy Desrosiers says:

    This recipe looks and amazing! I need to figure out a gluten free flour blend for my orange chicken before I try it!

  19. My toddler has been obsessed with rice dishes since she was two years old so I’m always looking for new spins on a rice dish. This looks yummy.

  20. Eliz Frank says:

    Anything with orange in it gets my vote… and I love basmati rice too. So, I love this dish very much

  21. Allen Johnson says:

    I know what you mean about the taste of some store bought meals. I don’t like to sacrifice taste for convenience. I’m looking forward to trying your orange chicken, it’s one of my favorites too. Our grocery store quit carrying a great tasting chicken fried rice meal that we enjoyed. It ticked me off that they don’t stock it anymore. I’m curious, would you have a recipe for chicken fried rice?

    • Hi Allen,

      I do not have a recipe for Chicken Fried Rice, however, you have me on a mission now…. 🙂 Hopefully someday in the near future I’ll have a fantastic one to share! Until then, I hope you can find something to substitute the grocery store one until then. 🙂

  22. I dig basmati rice because it’s so fragrant. And you went and added cinnamon and cardamom to make it extra special. The chicken looks great too. I don’t cook a lot of Asian dishes and have never cooked orange chicken. Thank you for linking!

    Oh…I’m not sure why that recipe I posted is called singing shrimp. Maybe all that brandy makes them sing?

  23. joanna garcia says:

    I have never tried basmati rice or rice with cinnamon! that sounds interesting! def love orange chicken it looks simple enough to make!

  24. Kimberley O says:

    Yum! Im not a huge fan of Asian food usually, but this recipe looks devine!

  25. I also love orange chicken, but you’re right it’s just not realistic to go out and pay for it every time I have the craving. I’ll definitely be trying this out in the near future, and pinning it until them! Ps. I love the Big Oven app, don’t you!

  26. Looks delicious! I love orange chicken

  27. This looks delicious! I’ve been experimenting with Asian dishes, and I think it would be better if I tried a recipe esp for the sauce – this one is dynamite!

  28. Yummy! I can’t wait to make this for my family. They will love it!

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