I love this dish the first time I had it whilst on holiday in Las Vegas. I remember it well as it’s not a dish that is widely available in the UK. Apparently I heard that someone in America invented this dish due to the immense pressure that he was under as he found himself in direct competition with McDonald; which opened a branch opposite his Chinese takeaway. Then he sold his recipe to Panda Express. Not sure whether this story is 100% true. But it makes a good story – wouldn’t you agree?
What does it taste like?
The chicken pieces are added to a batter before it is deep fried and then it’s covered in a spicy, tangy, sweet sauce. It reminds me of the ‘hong kong style kung po chicken’ that I order from my local takeaway. But it’s much, much better in terms of flavour.
Orange chicken is a dish that you can have as part of a main shared meal with friends and family or it you can enjoy it as a snack. The good thing about it is that it takes less than 30 mins to cook. How great is that!
Recently I had to come up with a new way of making the batter as I need it to be gluten-free. I believe that the new mixture that I have created still makes the batter light and crispy. Please give it a go and let me know what you think. I am always open to constructive feedback.
Happy cooking! 🙂
- sunflower oil
- 2 x Chicken breasts
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp gluten-free plain flour (preferably Dove's plain flour)
- 2 tbsp corn flour
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves (sliced)
- 1 cm ginger (sliced)
- 2 red chillies (chopped)
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2tsp cornflour
- 4tsp water
- 01. Batter - Add the egg, flour, 2 tbsp cornflour and 2tbsp of water in a bowl and whisk.
- 02. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and add to the batter.
- 03. Pour the sunflower into a wok and cook on medium heat.
- 04. Once the oil is ready add the chicken and deep fry for 5 minutes. Half-way through turn the chicken pieces over.
- 05. Gently take out the chicken and place it on a plate lined with kitchen towel.
- 06. Orange Sauce - Add 1 tsp olive oil to the wok and cook on medium heat.
- 07. Add the garlic, ginger and chillies. Heat for a 1 minute.
- 08. Add the orange juice, soy sauce and honey.
- 09. Corn flour paste - Add 2tsp of cornflour and 4tsp of water to a small bowl and mix well. Add the mixture to the Orange Sauce. Give it a good stir.
- 10. Once the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat.
- 11. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.
- Depending on the size of the wok. The amount of oil used should cover 1/3 of the wok. Given the size of my wok I need approx 450ml.
- Deep fry the chicken in 2 batches. Unless you have a massive wok then you may be able to deep-fry the chicken all at once.
- If you are using oranges instead of orange juice from a carton then you will need approximately 3 medium size oranges. Also, you might need to add a little more honey if the oranges are sour.
- Garnish the chicken with sesame seeds and fine chopped chillies for extra spice.
Steps 1-2. Preparing the chicken to be deep-fried and the orange sauce
Making the orange sauce.
Deep-frying the chicken
Once the orange sauce is cooked then put it through a sieve and discard the garlic, ginger and chilli.