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This baked orange chicken is tastes better than any Chinese take-out you’ll get at a restaurant. Crispy coating of egg & cornstarch and then it’s baked in a sweet and delicious orange sauce. This is a dish that you will want to make over and over again.

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post updated and republished July 2018

 Do you guys every get excited about food that you just made?!? I may be the only weird one like that, but I literally could not stop gushing about this baked orange chicken. It was so delicious! One of those things that I could not believe that I actually made.

The only time that I’ve really ever had Chinese food is at the mall or as takeout from a nearby restaurant. I’ve never even attempted to make it at home until this recipe. Now I don’t think I will ever get takeout again because my entire family is obsessed over this baked orange chicken.

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I will be completely honest with you and say that this recipe does require more work/prep than most other recipes I will post on here. This is definitely NOT a 30-minute meal.

But it is an amazing dinner that is worth the work. I promise. 

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How do you make baked orange chicken?

  • Cut up 4 chicken breasts into small, bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle some salt and pepper over the chicken and mix it together to make sure that the pieces get coated. 
  • Place them into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and add the cornstarch. Close the bag and shake to coat the chicken in the cornstarch.
  • Crack 4 eggs into a bowl and in several batches coat the chicken pieces in the egg and then place in the pan of hot oil and let it cook. 
  • You do not need to let it cook all the way through. Only about 2 minutes on each side. You’re looking to get a nice crust on the chicken not to have it cook through. 
  • Let drain on a plate lined with a paper towel and do another batch. 
  • Place all the crispy chicken pieces into a 9×13 baking dish. Mix up the simple orange sauce and pour over the chicken pieces.
  • Bake for 1 hour, stirring and re-coating the pieces every 15 minutes. 
  • Serve over rice and garnish with green onions and orange slices. 

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I know it may seem like it’s too much work. But, I promise it’s actually easier than what the long ingredient list and instructions read like. It will be worth all your efforts.

Let’s just say that my husband, who loves Panda Express’s Orange Chicken, says that this homemade version is even better 🙂 

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Tips for making Baked Orange Chicken

  • Be sure and cut the chicken into small pieces. You don’t want them too large or else they will take forever to get that crispy coating. I aim for small, bite-sized pieces. 
  • I have to do about 4 batches of cooking the chicken in the oil when I make this recipe. 
  • I use prepared Orange Juice, I do not juice my own orange for the juice. But, you could do that if you wanted to. 
  • The recipe will not have tons of extra sauce so if you want it really saucy then maybe make 1 1/2 of the orange sauce recipe and reserve some for drizzling on the chicken when you serve it over rice. We like it as is so I just make the recipe as directed. 

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Baked Crispy Orange Chicken
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 
This baked orange chicken is tastes better than any Chinese take-out you'll get at a restaurant. Crispy coating of egg & cornstarch and then it's baked in a sweet and delicious orange sauce. This is a dish that you will want to make over and over again.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken, dinner, orange chicken
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
crispy chicken
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup canole oil
orange sauce
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinager
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • zest of one orange
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. 

  2. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken pieces. Add chicken pieces to a gallon-sized Ziploc bag (or you can do this in a bowl) and add the cornstarch. Close the Ziploc bag and shake to mix it together and coat the chicken pieces in cornstarch. 

  4. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat with a fork. 

  5. Take a handful of cornstarch coated chicken pieces out of the bag and place in the egg. Coat both sides of each piece and then place in the hot oil. Let cook for 2-3 minutes per side. You just want a nice crispy crust, you do not have to cook them all the way through. Repeat with the remining chicken pieces in several batches. It takes me about 4 batches to cook them. 

  6. ** Once chicken pieces are done place them on a plate lined with paper towels so they can drain. 

  7. Add the crispy chicken pieces to the prepared 9x13 baking pan. 

  8. Combine all the ingredietns for the orange sauce into a small bowl and stir with a whisk until mixed together. Pour over the chicken and stir to coat all the chicken pieces in the sauce. 

  9. Bake, uncovered for 1 hour. Turning and mixing the chicken every 15 minutes to make sure it stays coated in the sauce. 

  10. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions.

Recipe Notes

I just use prepared orange juice, I do not try to fresh squeeze it from oranges. You can do that if you want to. 

 

An easy way to test if your oil is hot enough to use : grab a small pinch of flour and drop it into the oil, if it sizzles and bubbles then the oil is hot enough to fry and you're good to go. 

 

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Baked Crispy Orange Chicken | Chinease Food | Dinner Recipe | Orange Chicken | Baked Orange Chicken | This baked orange chicken is tastes better than any Chinese take-out you'll get at a restaurant. Crispy coating of egg & cornstarch and then it's baked in a sweet and delicious orange sauce. This is a dish that you will want to make over and over. #dinnerrecipes #easydinnerrecipes #orangechicken #chicken #dinner #chinesefood

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14 Comments

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    July 15, 2015 at 9:37 am i love orange chicken! I haven't had it in a while, I'm going to have to figure out how to do this one egg free for my daughter. I love the idea of baking it, the last time I did make it, it took forever!
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      Together As Family
      July 15, 2015 at 10:46 am I wish it didn't take so long, which is exactly why I don't make it often ;) But, the results are worth it. Egg-free?? I wish I could help.... My kids don't have any allergies so I'm clueless.
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      Georgia
      August 10, 2016 at 10:23 pm I'm not sure how it would effect it but you could potentially try buttermilk!! Good luck!!
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    Bridget Morgan
    July 18, 2015 at 9:12 pm Oh my gosh, this is AMAZING!! Definitely a winner with my whole family; even my girls (they are extremely picky). Even though it takes a long time to make, I will most certainly add this to my monthly menu! I also toasted some sesame seeds and sprinkled those over the chicken. YUM! Thanks Jessica.
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      Together As Family
      July 18, 2015 at 9:29 pm YAY!! I'm so happy you all loved it Bridget! It is a favorite in our house for sure. I agree, it takes more time to make but it is so worth it :) Thank you for coming back and leaving your feedback.
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    Karen
    May 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm Excellent and definitely worth a little more work to make it. Thanks for sharing!!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      June 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm So happy to hear. Yes, it is a bit more work but it's totally worth it. Glad you enjoyed it :)
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    Barbara
    June 29, 2018 at 9:11 am YES! I am quite sure people get tired of me endlessly talking about great recipes. But after picking out the best ingredients, destroying the kitchen (even without the help of a 2-year-old) to make the recipe, and getting it on the table is no small feat! Don't let anyone steal your bragging rights. I love to cook. I love to cook for someone that enjoys the food. I just pinned two chicken recipes from you and if they turn out for me you had better believe they will hear all about it! Sticky fingers and ALL. Thanks for the recipes AND helpful tips. Keep celebrating! Barb
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      Together As Family
      June 30, 2018 at 7:02 pm Thanks Barbara. I love to cook too. Messy kitchen and kids running around and all!
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    katzcradul
    July 23, 2018 at 5:09 pm Looks like a great recipe, although I can't imagine why small bites of chicken would need to bake for an hour, especially after being flash fried in hot oil. A MUCH safer way to test your oil (and decrease your liability if someone is injured), is to put a pinch of flour in the hot oil. If it sizzles and bubbles, the oil is ready.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      July 24, 2018 at 10:34 pm Yes, very good point about the flour for testing the oil. I meant to add that but I guess I forgot. For some reason, the chicken does not get over baked and tough. Hopefully you can actually try it for yourself and then you might think differently :) Thanks for your comment.
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    Ashley
    August 21, 2018 at 3:44 pm I haven’t made this yet, but what about just using an actual bottle of just orange sauce from the store?
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      Together As Family
      August 23, 2018 at 7:59 pm I think so?? But I can't say for sure as I have never done that. I think the store bought sauce would be much thicker, so you may need more of it so it does not turn into a thick burnt texture in the oven.

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