Orange Chicken

So what’s your favorite mall food?

I’m not a huge fan of the mall food court but if I find myself starving or the kids are starving during a trip to the mall my first choice is always the food booth with the orange chicken!

I love taking my favorite “eating out” foods and trying to create them at home.  One day I was over at Tasty Kitchen Blog, one of my favorite recipe sites and  I found a recipe for Orange Chicken.  This version is better than the mall version.  The flavor is perfect but there is less breading and more chicken.  There is nothing worse then biting into a piece of orange chicken and all you find is breading – no chicken!

This version is lightly breaded in flour and then fried in oil quickly. Even though it is fried it does not have a heavy, greasy taste or feel to it.

The sauce which uses orange juice, lemon juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and various seasonings has a nice sweet tangyness to it.

So next time you’re craving mall food, no need to head to the mall.  Just stay home and enjoy!

Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken

Ingredients

    Chicken
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-1/2” cubes)
  • 1 ½ C all purpose flour
  • 1 eggs (beaten)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • Oil (for frying)
  • Orange Sauce
  • 1 ½ C water
  • 2 Tbsps orange juice
  • ¼ C lemon juice
  • 1/3 C rice vinegar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest (grated)
  • 1 C packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ginger root (minced)
  • ½ tsp garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp green onion (chopped)
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water

Instructions

  • Combine flour, salt, and pepper.
  • Dip chicken in egg mixture and shake in flour mixture to coat.
  • Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 ½ cups water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.
  • Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger garlic, and onion. Bring to a boil.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly.
  • Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens.
  • Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and if desired add red pepper flakes and garnish with green onions

Recipe originally shared over at Portland Mama 

Comments

  1. 1
    Vicki R. says:

    I don’t make it to the mall very often anymore, so not sure if it’s a common place to eat these days. But I used to love the Great Steak and Potato Company – those sandwiches are soooo yummy!

  2. 2
    Merri Coulter says:

    I used to make the hot sandwiches like turkey, cheese, onion, mushrooms on a deli roll. Can’t remember which placed used to serve that. But I always went there.

  3. 3
    Jaimie King says:

    Edo Japanese food. So good and healthy too.

  4. 4
    Heather says:

    Orange chicken is my favorite too! I need to check out your recipe and hope it’s healthier than the mall version. I don’t get to the mall often which is good otherwise I’d be about 10 lbs. heavier!

  5. 5
    Rayla says:

    Great recipe. It doesn’t take long to make at all!!!! The kids and hubby just loved it, so that is a big bonus!!!!! I will definately be making this again….Thanks for sharing!

  6. 6
    Cindy says:

    Well…I love to go to the mall to shop and eat. If we are eating in the food court it will typically be Chik-Fil-A. For those of you that don’t have them in your area you are missing out. Really yummy. The Orange Chicken looks fantastic! Gonna make it soon.

  7. 7
    Jeannena says:

    Okay, this Orange Chicken is wonderful. I made it a couple of nights ago, and between two people it was gone at one sitting and no it wasn’t the only item we had for dinner. Thank you for this one, lady!!

  8. 8
    Katie says:

    You made my day!! I love orange chicken and now I can make it at home!! Thank you!!

  9. 9
    Anh says:

    I made this over the weekend and it is awesome. My hubby and children loved it. The chicken taste good even without the sauce. I separated some chicken pieces after frying and my daughter loved it dipped with barbeque sauce. Very good recipe and a definite keeper. Thank you for sharing this.

  10. 10
    Dale says:

    Please allow us to choose’print’ on all recipes. Some allow but now all and it’s frustrating to those of us who don’t use all the social media stuff. Thanks! Love your site!!

    • 10.1
      Leigh Anne says:

      There is a print button on this recipe – on the upper right hand side of the recipe. My older recipes don’t have it yet because I have to manually go in and add it and I am slowly but surely working my way through all of them.

  11. 11
    Melissa says:

    This sounds great. Do you recommend a substitute for the all-purpose flour to make it gluten free?

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