Skillet Orange Chicken Recipe


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This Skillet Orange Chicken Recipe is so easy to make — it comes together in 30 minutes or less! Serve it with rice and steamed vegetables or salad and you have an easy weeknight meal and you didn’t even have to get takeout.

This recipe for Orange Chicken has a crispy exterior and a sweet, sticky, tangy sauce that comes together all in one pan. It’s loaded with flavor and sure to please the whole family!

orange chicken in white skillet

I don’t know about you, but homemade Chinese food is one of our favorite things, especially when it can be made completely in 30 minutes!

Takeout can be a lifesaver some days when you just can’t get dinner on the table, but I love having a wide range of easy substitutes on hand for when I need something quick but still want something homemade and relatively healthy. If you’re looking for the Panda Express orange chicken recipe, this Skillet Orange Chicken Recipe is so easy to make — it comes together in 30 minutes or less! Serve it with rice and steamed vegetables or salad and you have an easy weeknight meal and you didn’t even have to get takeout.

This Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce, one pan Chicken Chow Mein, and Meatballs in Orange Sauce are a few more of my favorites!

skillet orange chicken overhead with a side of rice

This easy Orange Chicken recipe is pan-fried, making it a healthier version of the traditional coated and deep-fried Orange Chicken often found in Chinese restaurants.

We like to serve it with this Easy Fried Rice or instant rice to cut down on time, but long grain rice works just as well, and cauliflower rice can be a great option if you’re looking for a low carb substitute.

How to Make Orange Chicken:

  • First, I lightly coat the chicken pieces in corn starch to ensure a crispy exterior without breading or deep frying. We brown just the outside with a little oil, and then add the sauce.
  • The Orange Chicken sauce is made of orange juice, orange marmalade, soy sauce, garlic and a few other tasty ingredients. I like adding a bit of orange marmalade because it makes the sauce extra sticky and it really clings to the chicken!
  • If you like things extra spicy, feel free to add an extra pinch or two of red pepper flakes — I like to keep things pretty mild so the kids will enjoy it too!

orange chicken close up in pan

How to make Crockpot Orange Chicken:

This recipe can easily be adapted to the crockpot! Here’s how:

  • Coat and brown the chicken in a frying pan according to the original instructions.
  • Add the chicken and the sauce mixture to the crockpot, and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 3-4 hours until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. It couldn’t be easier!
  • This is a great way to prepare orange chicken for a potluck because it is so easy to keep warm without overcooking. And I guarantee it will be one of the first things to disappear!
orange chicken close up in pan
4.94 from 16 votes
Review Recipe

Skillet Orange Chicken Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Ashley Fehr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
This Skillet Orange Chicken Recipe is so easy — it comes together in 30 minutes or less! Serve it with rice and steamed vegetables or salad and you have an easy weeknight meal and you didn’t even have to get takeout. This Orange Chicken has a crispy exterior and a sweet, tangy sauce that comes together all in one pan.

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1″ cubes
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened orange juice
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

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Instructions

  1. Place chicken pieces in a large bowl and add 3 tablespoons corn starch, salt and pepper. Stir to coat.

  2. Heat a large pan over high heat and add oil (add more oil if needed to coat the bottom of your pan).

  3. Add chicken to the pan and cook over high heat, turning once, just until browned, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Meanwhile, make the Orange Chicken sauce. Whisk together the marmalade, juice, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes, chicken broth and 2 tablespoons corn starch.

  5. Once chicken is browned, reduce heat to medium and add the sauce. Cook and stir until sauce has thickened and chicken is cooked through (165 degrees F minimum), about 10 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice as desired.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 232, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 1466mg, Potassium: 343mg, Carbohydrates: 40g, Sugar: 26g, Protein: 14g, Vitamin A: 105%, Vitamin C: 18.3%, Calcium: 25%, Iron: 0.8%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This Skillet Orange Chicken Recipe is super easy! Ready in 30 minutes or less and using simple ingredients, this one pan dish makes the perfect weeknight meal. The chicken has a crispy exterior and the sauce is both sweet and tangy, your family will absolutely love it! #spendwithpennies #chickenrecipe #orangerecipe #asianrecipe #easymeal #simplerecipe #tastymeal #homemaderecipe

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  1. Hi I would like to add some of my orange infused bourbon in this recipe. At what point would you suggest to add it and how much, I know that’s up to me but I don’t want to overwhelm it with bourbon.

    1. Hi Alison, I would start small and go by taste. Maybe start with a few tablespoons and add it in with the other sauce ingredients. Let us know how it turns out.

  2. This was better than anything I have ever eaten out at an Asian restaurant – and we have some good ones. Just be sure to brown only about half the chick at a time. After browning the first half I set the browned ones in a pie pan until I finished the others. Took the rest of the chick out, added the sauce & simmered until thick, put the chick back in and simmered it covered until tender. It didn’t take long. The timing was spot on, about 2 minutes per side got it nice and golden. Thanks for this recipe!!

    1. *doing a happy dance* so happy you loved it Susie! Recipes like this as a weakness for us. So tasty!

  3. Great recipe, came out great! Tastes much better than Chinese takeout. I also added some blanched broccoli and red bell pepper while I was browning the chicken.

  4. This was simple and absolutely delicious. Nice and light due to the corn starch and no heavy batter plus gluten free! Definitely a keeper.

  5. I rely on the comments section for information regarding substitutions, changes, etc. so I figure I should contribute! I followed the recipe as written, with the addition of chopped Anaheim peppers which I threw in the pan at the same time as the sauce. The sauce is fantastic and the chicken was cooked perfectly after 10 minutes. As for the peppers, I loved the slight crunch that they lent to the dish; however the flavor was a bit too sharp to really blend well with the sauce, so next time I will try a bell or Italian frying pepper.
    I can’t wait to make this with eggplant from the garden – I’ll let y’all know how that goes in about 6 months!

    1. Great additions Joan. You could try using a less sweet marmalade or cutting back on the marmalade next time. Did you use unsweetened orange juice?

  6. This was really tasty. I found the recipe because I made a batch of orange marmalade that was too dry. It worked great for this. Will definitely be making this recipe again. Thank you.

  7. This will be my second time making this recipe. It was delicious the first time and my mouth is already watering as I get ready to make it again. And my husband said he likes it even better without heavy breading. Thank you for this great recipe!

  8. I made this recipe tonight for my family. I doubled the ingredients and WOW! A truly fantastic orange chicken. I also passed it along to several friends. Thank you. This will be a favorite in my recipe box.

  9. The Chinese delivery in my area is not great, and this reeeeally hit the spot. I used fresh oranges for the juice and added a little zest to the sauce, and also added a little more ginger/garlic than she called for…. about 1.5 tsp. of each. Both modifications were to adjust for my own flavor preferences, I think it would have still been great without changing a thing. Really delicious! Now I just need the General Tso’s version of this and I’m set :)

  10. Super tasty! Haven’t heard from the kids but the husband and I like it! Fairly easy to make, but for a large family can be time consuming to fry all the chicken. Or, it was for me anyway.

  11. I just made this recipe, and I love it! I added garlic leaves and used mandarin orange pulp because I didn’t have any marmalade on hand! I can’t wait to make it again. Next time, I might try it with tofu instead of chicken!<3

  12. Orange chicken is my absolute fav! And I like how you can make it in a crockpot on super busy days! This will definitely be added to my weeknight menu.

  13. Yum! I don’t get take out often since I often feel so blah afterwards, so this looks incredible. Love all the flavors in the sauce and so perfect for weeknights.

  14. Hubby and I adore orange chicken and your recipe looks absolutely perfect! The sauce looks so tasty that I can imagine many uses for it!! I look forward to trying your recipe!