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Easy Orange Chicken (no deep frying!)

christieathome
Orange Chicken. Crispy fried chicken smothered in a delicious sweet orange sauce. Satisfying for dinner, lunch or leftovers. Easy to make at home, ready in 30 minutes!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3
Calories per serving 401 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ¼ cup cornstarch or sub with potato starch/tapioca starch
  • cup vegetable oil or any neutral tasting oil

Orange Chicken Sauce:

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice pulp removed (about 4 medium sized oranges)
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar or rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp brown sugar (If you like your orange chicken very sweet, add 2 tbsp more)
  • 2 tbsp regular soy sauce not dark soy sauce or light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder or sub with freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or sub with potato starch/tapioca starch
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes optional if you prefer it spicy

Optional Garnish

  • 2 tbsp green onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp orange zest grated
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds toasted

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients. Mix well and set aside.
  • Do not pat chicken thighs dry, some moisture is needed for the next step (See Notes below for more information). Slice thighs into bite size pieces, about 1.5 x 1.5-inch-wide pieces (about 6-8 pcs per thigh, depending on size).
  • Transfer pieces of chicken into a large bowl, followed by cornstarch. Mix to coat each piece evenly with tongs.

Shallow Fry Method:

  • In a wok or large skillet on medium high heat, add vegetable oil. Allow oil to get hot. Tip: To test, insert a wooden chopstick into the oil and look for bubbles. If you see bubbles, the oil is hot.
  • Carefully lower coated chicken into oil and quickly spread apart. Once chicken is spread apart, do not touch or move the pieces around. Allow pieces to sear and form a golden crust, about 5-6 minutes on each side.
  • Once a golden crust has formed, flip chicken pieces over and cook on the other side until golden brown (about 10-12 minutes in total).
  • Remove and transfer fried chicken onto a wire rack resting on a baking sheet or a plate lined with paper towels to drain off excess oil. Pour out any excess oil from pan.

Air Fry Method:

  • Lightly spray air fryer basket with oil.
  • Lay coated chicken into air fryer basket in a single layer giving each piece enough space. You may need to air fry in batches if needed. Lightly spray coated chicken with oil.
  • Air fry at 400 degrees F for 12-14 minutes until golden crispy brown. The amount of time depends on your air fryer. I have a Philips Air Fryer and I air fried mine at 400 degrees at 14 minutes for a crispy texture. If you’re using a different machine, check your chicken at 12 minutes and if it needs more crispiness, air fry for another couple minutes until you reach your desired texture.

Making the Sauce:

  • In a pan set over medium high heat, pour sauce in. Stirring consistently until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 2 minutes.
  • Mix in fried chicken until pieces are coated in sauce. Optional: garnish with green onions, grated orange zest and sesame seeds. Serve & enjoy!

Notes

Chicken thighs should be moist to touch when removed from packaging. Otherwise, cornstarch will not stick. If not moist for some reason, run the thighs under cold water and let water drip off completely. Then cut into bite size pieces. The cornstarch should stick well
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Suggested Equipment & Products

Wok
Measuring Set
glass measuring cup
Silicone Spatula 3-Piece Set
Cutting Board
Tongs
Santoku Knife
Air Fryer
Nutrition
Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 822mg | Potassium: 636mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 349IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Chinese
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