Oven "Fried" Orange Chicken

Oven "Fried" Orange Chicken

Oven Fried Orange Chicken
Oven Fried Orange Chicken
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If Chinese orange chicken is one of your takeout favorites, save some money by making it at home! Oven "Fried" Orange Chicken is an easy orange chicken recipe that's baked instead of fried, so it's a no-guilt and less messy alternative. This oven baked chicken tastes just like your favorite restaurant's version - the chicken is crispy with a flavorful orange sauce. It's the perfect weeknight meal for when that takeout craving strikes.


For more Chinese take out-style recipes, try our collection, Easy Chinese Food Recipes: 16 Recipes that Beat Takeout.



Cooking Time20 min


  • 2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Panko-style breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Mirin (rice wine)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Siracha
  • 3 garlic cloves, very finely minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely mince fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Toasted sesame seeds and thinly sliced green onion for garnish
  • Cooked white rice for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray one large baking sheet with cooking spray.

  2. Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Place well beaten eggs into a pie plate; combine Panko and flour in another pie plate, mixing well.

  3. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture, then into the crumb mixture. Place on baking sheet so they do not touch. Bake for 10 minutes, turn using tongs and continue baking for another 10 minutes. Chicken should be cooked and lightly golden brown.

  4. While chicken bakes, combine all but 2 tablespoons of the juice along with zest, soy, brown sugar, rice wine, Siracha, garlic and ginger in a small saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil, then stir and reduce heat to low. Continue to cook for 15 minutes.

  5. Combine reserved orange juice and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Stir into the sauce and cook about 2 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat to a large bowl.

  6. Gently toss chicken with the sauce until well coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onion and serve over cooked rice.

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Citrus goes so beautifully with chicken and this dish is just FABULOUS! The sauce lifts the meat into deliciousness and the toasted sesame seeds are the cherry on top (although it was only on my 3rd attempt that I didn't burn the seeds!). The whole family loved it and ate every last tiny bit.

Such wonderful flavors and surprisingly easy to make too. And it is a great dish for the entire family. The toasted sesame seeds and green onion finish the chicken off perfectly. On a bed of rice and with a crunchy fresh green salad picked from the garden it was a really delicious meal. Enjoy!

The flavors of orange and chicken go so well together and I can't forget the ginger, it's kinda hard to believe the chicken will be crispy in the oven but the picture and comments are definitely making me want to give it a try. There are so many foods I've stopped eating because of it needing to be fried so this is going to change my life if it works...I'm so excited I found this recipe and will be back with my results soon!

I am so excited because I have all of these ingredients in my house already! I love orange kitchen and this is definitely a great alternative to take-out. Also, for a meatless option, use the same sauce but with tofu or just a lot of fresh vegetables!

I was surprised by the crunch this chicken had despite no frying. It is a great healthier alternative to take-out.

It's rather difficult to get a recipe to taste like what you'd find at the restaurant. This one is almost perfect!

This was very flavorful and the bread was a good substitute for frying! The sauce had a lot of ginger flavor, which I loved.

This is one of those recipes that came out looking exactly like the picture. I was really surprised! The chicken pieces had a slightly crispy coating to them which helped hold onto the orange sauce. I'm a fan of this.

I liked that even though this chicken was baked, it still had a crispy texture. The orange flavor was a little strong, so I might reduce that next time.

This recipe has a ton of flavor! I didn't miss the fried texture at all, and the breading/sauce combo is very good. The ginger comes through pretty strongly, so you might want to reduce it if you're not crazy about that flavor.

This was just what I was looking for! I have a weakness for fried takeout chicken, so I missed that crispy texture in this baked recipe, but the orange flavor and the breading were spot on!


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