Orange Chicken

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Serves 4-5

One of my favorite sweet & sour chicken recipes. This is an easy dish to prepare, is extremely aromatic and tastes outstanding! The combination of sweet and spicy with that tangy orange flavour will make your taste buds sing. It tastes best served over steamed or fried rice. YUM!

Ingredients for Chicken Marinade
500 gm
boneless chicken breast
(cut in cubes)
4 tbsp.
(lightly beaten)
1 tsp.
black pepper
1/2 tsp.
1/4 tsp.
1/4 tsp.
red chilli powder
1/2 tsp.
ginger paste
1/2 tsp.
garlic paste
1 tsp.
soya sauce
Ingredients for the Orange Sauce
3 tbsp.
4 tbsp.
chopped spring onions
1 tsp.
1/2 tsp.
salt to taste
4 tbsp.
(preferably brown, but even white will do)
1 cup
1 tbsp.
orange zest
juice from one orange
(approx. 1/2 cup)
1 tbsp.
lemon juice
1 tbsp.
corn flour mixed with water to form a light paste
whole red chilli
green chilli
1 tbsp.
soya sauce
2 tbsp.
dark vinegar
spring onion for garnishing
(the green part)
sesame seeds for garnishing
orange slices for garnishing

Refrigerate the chicken marinade mixture for half an hour. Then fry until golden (approx. 3-4 minutes on each side).  Do not over cook otherwise the chicken will become hard.  I normally shallow fry in a non stick pan.

Next prepare your orange sauce.

In a cup, mix the sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, orange zest, soya sauce and dark vinegar.  Set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan or wok, add the ginger and garlice pastes followed by the spring onions and chopped green chili.  Fry for a minute until fragrant, then pour in the orange juice mixture.  let this come to a boil and let it simmer for a couple of minutes so that the sugar dissolves and the color changes slightly.  You can add some orange food color to brighten up the sauce if you like.  Then add the cup of water and a pinch of salt.

When it boils, lower the heat and add teh corn flour paste while stirrring constantly.  The sauce will instatnly start to thicken.  Once it is of a good thick and sticky consistency, add the fried chicken and the chopped red chili.

Stir together, making sure the chicken pieces are well coated with the sauce and adjust salt.  Cover and allow to simmer for 3 more minutes on low heat, then turn off the heat. Serve over fried or steamed rice, garnish with sesame seeds, some chopped spring onions and orange slices.

Enjoy!  :)


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Hi Fauzia, I don't have dark vinegar on hand... can i use white one instead?

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Hi, yes you can use white for this recipe.

when you say dark vinegar, is it same as rice vinegar? please advise. thank you!

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I use the regular acetic vinegar.

I would like toomake itmore saucy what shall i do.?

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Double the amounts for the Orange Sauce section of the recipe. :)

Is soya sauce the same as soy sauce?I looked all around the shops but can only find soy sauce which is used for chinese stir fries usually

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Yes same thing. :)

Mashallah luks very tasty wanna try on this weekend

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I made this and it was delish, my family loved it!

Can this recipe be used to make sesame chicken?if so what are the changes?thanks

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Sesame chicken is a different recipe, will add it soon inshaAllah.

i tried many of your recipes all were good
but when ever i tried to log in iam in trouble iam unable to lof in
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Thanks. Not sure what is causing the problem. Email me on Just to clarify, you are logged in when you posted this comment so am not sure exactly what went wrong, please explain.

Hi fauzia just wanted to know is dark vinegar same as malt vinegar which is brown in color

Tried this lovely recipe yesterday turned out really nice. Thanks for the great recipe.

Fauzia, by dark vinegar do you mean apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar or something else? Do you get the same taste with white vinegar.

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I mean the distilled brown vinegar. NOT balsamic not apple cider. You can use white if you don't have the brown/dark one.

Tasted nice. It was a punch of surprise :).
My family likes having more gravy. I used 1 cup orange juice but seems like I will have to use 2 cups of orange juice next time for the same amount of chicken mentioned as above. Do you think I should double the other ingredients as well for the orange sauce since I am increasing the amount of juice for more gravy?

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Thanks! Yes double the rest of the sauce ingredients. :)

What is orange zest??

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The grated OUTER orange peel.

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Easy peasy & delicious Chicken recipe i've ever tried!! Awesome...Kids' favourite.

Asalam o alikum fauzia... Plz help me can I use fresh orange juice in this recipe??

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W/Salaam, do you mean freshly squeezed? That is exactly what I have used in the recipe. :)

AA dear Fauzia, i wanted to share that when i started making this chicken everything was perfectly fine and the taste was awesome until i added the orange peel after that the bitterness was dominant than the other flavours and i didnt enjoy the meal as much as it was supposed to be.i added just 1 tbsp of orange peel as u have mentioned but dont know where it went wrong :(

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W/Salaam, sounds like you grated more than the peel. You must have grated the white part which is under the peel, called the pith. That is what has the bitterness. You have to be very careful never to grate that, and only use the zest/outer orange peel.

oh yes i think u r right will try to be careful next time IA thankx for pointing out the fault :) and jazakALLAH khair <3 for sharing wonderful recipes

can u please let me know how to make orange zest? am a new cook :$ :)

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Finely grate the peel from an orange. JUST the orange peel not the white pith under the peel as that tends to be very bitter.

Salams..can i use normal onions instead of spring onions?

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W/Salaam, yes you can.

Salaam alaykum. I'm not too keen on orange zest. If I omit, will it affect the taste much?

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W/Salaam, the orange flavour will be subdued but otherwise the taste will still be good.

Aslm, its mentioned to use 4tbsp sugar in the sauce... won't the dish be too sweet? Can i reduce it to 2 tbsp?

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W/Salaam, you can reduce the sugar for less sweetness but since this is sort of a sweet and sour recipe, you may miss that extra sugar in the final results. :)

Hi, Fauzia.
I just made Orange Chicken. It was amazing but it had an after taste, sort of tangy flavour. Is it the natural flavour or did I mess it up a bit?

Thank you!

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Hi, could it be that you grated some of the pith when you were getting the zest off the orange?

I made this today
Alhamdulillaah it was nice. The sauce tasted just like orange juice. In fact, what with all the effort of zesting the orange and squeezing it for the juice and adding sugar etc, I feel the same result could've easily been achieved using store-bought orange juice. Lol.

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Hi, fresh is always better and healthier. :)