Orange Chicken
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This Chinese restaurant style orange chicken recipe is better than sweet and sour chicken and uses a fresh orange, dried hot chili peppers, star anise, and dried tangerine peels.
Recipe type: Chicken and Poultry
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4 servings
For the chicken:
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cup canola or vegetable oil for shallow frying the chicken
For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 6 dried red chili peppers
  • 3 to 4 pieces dried tangerine or mandarin orange peel (optional)
  • 2 star anise
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, mixed into slurry with 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 scallion sliced on an angle into 1½-inch pieces
  1. Toss the chicken in the sesame oil, white pepper, garlic powder, salt, and Shaoxing wine; set aside for 20 minutes. Put the cornstarch in a shallow bowl, and heat the oil in a small pot until it reaches 350 degrees F. Dredge the chicken pieces in cornstarch and fry until golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  2. Heat a wok over medium heat and add a tablespoon of oil. Add the dried chili peppers, tangerine peel, and star anise, and toast for about 20 seconds, being careful not to burn the aromatics. Add the orange juice, chicken stock, vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce.
  3. Bring the sauce to a simmer and gradually add the cornstarch slurry, stirring constantly. When the sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon (you don't have to use all of the slurry if the sauce is thick enough), add the chicken and scallions. Toss quickly, and serve!
Recipe by The Woks of Life at