Homemade Spicy Orange Chicken
Homemade Spicy Orange Chicken is better than takeout and the BEST easy orange chicken recipe! Skillet cooked chicken coated in a sticky, tangy, spicy orange marmalade sauce and ready to serve in just 30 minutes makes this Chinese orange chicken a meal the whole family will love.
- 2 large chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 cup orange marmalade
- 1 large orange, juice and zest
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder or red pepper flakes depending on taste
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- green onions and sesame seeds for garnish optional
To make homemade Orange Chicken, start by heating olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute chicken breast bites for 5-7 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Once cooked, remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
Using the same skillet, add marmalade, orange juice and zest, seasonings, chicken stock, soy sauce, vinegar and cornstarch. Whisk ingredients together and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium/low and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add chicken back to skillet and stir to coat with orange marmalade sauce. Let simmer 5 minutes. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions, if desired and serve over rice, cauliflower rice or with steamed vegetables.
- Cut your chicken breasts into 1" bite size pieces before adding it to your skillet.
- Taste your orange marmalade sauce! This orange sauce is perfect for ME but you may want yours a bit spicier or even more mild.
- Speaking of heat, if you are unsure of how spicy you and your family may like it, start low. Add a bit of the cayenne to see if it suits you and add more if desired.
- Cook your rice and/or veggies while your sauce is thickening. Your dinner will be ready in under 30 minutes.
- Follow your taste! Make this YOUR own homemade Orange Chicken recipe by making it sweeter, tangier, or spicier if desired.
- I, personally, prefer cayenne powder in this recipe over red pepper flakes when looking for that kick of heat. I started with red pepper flakes (see pictures!) but when it was cooked, I added cayenne to the party. Choose your heat :)