Orange Chicken 30 Minute Skillet Recipe

Orange chicken over rice

My girls two favorite Chinese take-out dishes are orange chicken and sesame chicken. After my Honey Sesame Chicken was such a huge success with my family, I decided to try making Orange Chicken. My plan was to make the orange chicken in my Crockpot like I did the sesame chicken, but I made a 30-minute skillet recipe instead.

UPDATE: This recipe was originally shared in August of 2014 and has been very popular. But after many of my readers expressed their disappointed in this recipe, I decided to update it in July 2016 to make it milder with less orange flavor as they requested. For those of you who loved the original version, you can still print it here. For the rest of you, I hope this updated version is more in line with what you were looking for.

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Chicken marinating in bowl

Start by cutting 1 1/2 pounds of chicken breasts into chunks (about 1 – 1 1/2 cubes). Mix together soy sauce, cornstarch, and water. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Allow the chicken to marinate for 5 minutes.

Orange Sauce Recipe

While it is marinating, prepare the orange sauce so that it is ready when you need it later. Whisk together orange juice, dark brown sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, orange zest, and optional sriracha sauce,.

Fried Chicken Recipe

I made this orange chicken a little healthier by opting not to deep fry the chicken pieces. Instead, the chicken in sauteed in two tablespoons of oil.  Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon and carefully add it to the skillet. Stir-fry the chicken, over medium-high heat, for 5-7 minutes until golden and cooked through.

Orange chicken sauce pouring into skillet

Add the orange sauce to the chicken and cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened.

Orange chicken skillet

Your kitchen should be smelling pretty amazing by now and your family will be coming into the kitchen asking what you are making!

30 Minute Dinner Recipe

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions, if desired and serve the orange chicken over rice or noodles.

Orange chicken in chopsticks

We really enjoyed this orange chicken and ate the leftovers the next day. Vanessa said that she has never tasted orange chicken that actually tastes like oranges and that she really liked it! I love that the entire meal can be made in less that 30 minutes.

Orange Chicken 30 Minutes Skillet Recipe
 
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Recipe updated from original in August 2014.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Sesame seeds & sliced green onions for garnish, if desired
Marinade:
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
Orange Sauce:
  • ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start by cutting 1½ pounds of chicken breasts into chunks (about 1 – 1½ cubes). Mix together soy sauce, cornstarch, and water. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Allow the chicken to marinate for 5 minutes.
  2. While it is marinating, prepare the orange sauce so that it is ready when you need it later. Whisk together fresh squeezed orange juice, dark brown sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, orange zest, and optional sriracha sauce. Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon and carefully add it to the skillet. Stir-fry the chicken, over medium-high heat, for 5-7 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  4. Add the orange sauce to the chicken and cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring often until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Top with sesame seeds and sliced green onions, if desired. Serve over rice or noodles.

Here are a few more dinner recipes to check out:

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Triple Meat Pizza Casserole

Triple Meat Pizza Casserole

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

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Comments

  1. Jess says

    I made this tonight and use fresher squeeze orange juice and added the chili sauce for spice! It was fantastic! I also added a little more soy sauce. We used thighs bc that’s what I had on hand. Did people not taste the sauce? You can cut the orange in have and just try it to your liking. Anyhow thanks for the recipe!

  2. says

    The recipe was good. I read comments and was nervous at first but then common sense kicked in and unlike the other “posters” I taste as I go so I just adjusted as I went. I have never blindly followed anyone off a Cliff. haha
    Taste is individual and you need not have changed your original for a few blind cooks.
    Keep up the good work!

    • says

      Thank you so much for your support, Heather! <3 That is why I kept the original recipe up too. It is what I will continue making for my family because we love the zesty flavor.

      I know I can't satisfy everyone, but at the end of the day, my goal is to share recipes my readers will enjoy. So, this recipe is to meet their needs. Thanks again! ~Tonia

  3. Maria says

    Made this tonight and I’m sorry to say it was the worst “orange Chicken” I’ve ever made and I’ve made plenty. This recipe is not even close to the recipes I’ve followed for the other orange chickens.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing your feedback. I’ve updated the recipe to be milder with less orange flavor, although it still isn’t deep fried like other recipes you may have seen.

  4. Hearher says

    I liked this recipe, but it was way too tangy! I might try it again, but use half the orange concentrate. Then again, I may never try it again, I wasted so much chicken on this round that I’m not sure I want to risk wasting more.

    • says

      We loved the tangy-ness of the chicken, but I’ve updated the recipe to be milder with less orange flavor. Thanks for your feedback.

  5. Carrie says

    I thought this looked really yummy… But after sitting down to eat no one in my family could eat it ..: worse thing I’ve cooked in a long long time … Way to much orange flavor it was ove powering

    • Christine says

      I had the same problem… i thought it was terrible. I’ll probably use orange juice next time instead of concentrate, and let the chicken marinate longer.

    • Emily says

      I make this and my whole family loves it!! But… I buy the orange chicken Panda Express sauce from the grocery store and use that instead of making my own… Cause I’m lazy

  6. Rachel says

    This was fantastic! And a quick dinner. My “selective” 4yr old even gobbled this up. Only things I did differently was used coconut oil vs vegetable oil, & used orange juice vs concentrate. I’m definitely saving this recipe. Thank you!

  7. Erin says

    This dish did not turn out like the picture and was way too orangey for my taste. Would not make again.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing your feedback. I’ve updated the recipe to be milder with less orange flavor. I hope the new version is more in line with what you were looking for.

  8. Kate says

    I followed the directions step by step and it didn’t turn out as it does in these pictures. It looks more like teriyaki chicken than orange chicken. Not a fan and I won’t try this again, sorry.

  9. Anastasia says

    My family and loved the Orange Chicken, so easy to make, not to mention easy on my time and wallet!

    Next time I’m going to add some chucks of pineapple.

  10. Hailee says

    Just made this, and it was AMAZING!! For those who say they didn’t like it, I used regular OJ, instead of concentrate (just because I forgot, and didn’t want to go back to the store) it mixes well, and didn’t taste overbearing.! It was delicious!! Yummy!

  11. says

    tried making this last night 😉 thanks for the recipe it was delicious, only thing I noticed was it was SO sweet! What do you think I could do to cut back on that pungent sweetness? I was thinking just using plain orange juice instead of the concentrate? let me know what you think! We’ll definitely make this again regardless!

  12. Jessica says

    I tried it and made it exactly how the directions were and although it didn’t come out orange it tasted like orange chicken and it was very good my family loved it (: I will be making more

  13. TRACY says

    I cannot say that this was a good dish…my husband took one bite and then made a bowl of cereal. I am sad to say but I followed suite…

  14. Jen says

    Can’t say I was a fan. The combo of the orange juice and BBQ sauce was odd. There was a bitter aftertaste. Sorry! This one was quick at least.

    • says

      No need to be sorry! 🙂 We all enjoy different tastes and combos. That’s what makes us all unique. Thank you for expressing your opinion respectfully!

      • Brandi says

        It was an awesome dish! Made a few alterations based on what was in the fridge. Orange juice ans flour worked well as substitutes.

  15. Sandi says

    looks and sounds amazing! for the ones who do not have frozen concentrate oj, or prefer to use fresh squeezed, I put mine on the stove, brought to a boil and reduced to simmer to concentrate the sugars and thicken the juices some. it works pretty nicely…going to try this again real soon, thanks for posting again…

  16. enid bedford says

    This was fabulous. I used the frozen precooked breaded popcorn chicke to save even more time. I heated chicken in oven, prepared sauce in pot an then put chicken and sauce in a big pot and heated,mixed on top of stove. Put over rice and serve. I also used three pepper blend (frozen red,yellow,green peppers and onion) instead of green onions. Turned out yummi.

  17. dearcat says

    I have been eating Orange Chicken in Chinese restaurants for more than 60 years. I am almost 80. This is the bestests I have ever had and I made it myself. This is a go to for company and for myself. I cut down when only for me. Keep the good food coming.

    dearcat

  18. Rachel says

    OMG!!!!! I could eat this 7 times a day! My cat and I ate this when we got up for breakfast. The only thing I would do different, is add 1 more can of OJ concentrate. The only down side, is when you go to empty yourself, it kinda burns on its way out.

  19. GayleMarie says

    Hi!!
    I needed something quick to make for dinner, so I found the Orange Chicken on my board. My family enjoyed it, but due to my own errors, I didn’t care for it. I never mess with recipes, but one of my errors was oversight on my part. When I put the chicken pieces in the Ziploc bag with the cornstarch/water/lite soy sauce mixture, I put the bag in the fridge and forgot about it!!!! I ended up forgetting it in there for an hour, so the chicken soaked up ALL the soy sauce mixture and all I could taste was soy sauce! So, to compensate for that overpowering flavor, I put some orange zest in. I don’t know if that was so wise (!!) of me……..So, in retrospect DO NOT over marinate the chicken!! I am anxious to make this again, but I will tie a string around my finger to remember to take the chicken out of the marinade after 5 minutes!! Thanks for the great recipes! :0)

  20. Peggy Brennan says

    I had to quadruple this recipe for my family, and 2 cans of OJ concentrate made it way too orangey. The basic recipe is AMAZING ,but be careful if you are multiplying. Other than that little learning curve I had, it was divine!! (I fixed the sauce by adding soy sauce and lots of seasoning to cut the sweet/orange flavor and make it spicy and yum like if you follow the original). I made broccoli, peppers and onions and water chestnuts and layered them between the rice (jasmine – yum!) and the chicken and rice. Thank you for this recipe!!!!!

  21. dearcat says

    My Orange Chicken never came out like that in Chinese restaurants. This is excellent. I am in my late seventies and have tasted many Orange Chicken. This one definitely takes first prize. Your site is great.

    • Tonia says

      Thanks so much, Marsha! It’s been a rough day and seeing your comment made me smile for the first time all day! XOXO Tonia

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