Orange Chicken 30 Minute Skillet Recipe

Orange chicken over rice

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

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 Chicken Sauce Recipe

While it is marinating, prepare the orange sauce so that it is ready when you need it later. Mix together oil, pulp-free orange juice concentrate and barbecue sauce.

Fried Chicken Recipe

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.

Orange chicken sauce pouring into skillet

Add the orange sauce to the chicken and cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring constantly 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 type: Dinner
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:
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup pulp free orange juice concentrate, thawed (1/2 can)
  • 3 tbsp barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
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. Mix together oil, pulp-free orange juice concentrate and barbecue sauce.
  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 constantly until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Top with sesame seeds and sliced green onions, if desired. Serve over rice or noodles.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. Mary T says

    Followed the recipe to a T. This was so disgusting that nobody could eat it. I am only giving 1 star because 0 is not an option.

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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)

  13. 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!!!!!

  14. 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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