Stupid-Easy Recipe for 6-Ingredient Orange Chicken (#1 Top-Rated)


This crispy, sweet, and tangy restaurant classic comes together quickly, so have all of your ingredients ready to go before you begin cooking. Though a wok might be traditional, a large saute pan works just as well because there is plenty of surface area in contact with the heat for browning meat and reducing sauces.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for 6-Ingredient Orange Chicken.

1. Info for 6-Ingredient Orange Chicken

  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Servings: 4
  • Calories: 328 kcal

2. Ingredients for 6-Ingredient Orange Chicken

  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. salt (for chicken)
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 5 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (for sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest (1-2 oranges for 1 Tbsp. zest)
  • 3 Tbsp. orange juice (1 orange for 3 Tbsp. juice)
  • 3 green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

3. Directions:

3.1 Prep

Cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces. Combine chicken, salt, and cornstarch in a medium bowl and set aside while you prepare other ingredients.

Combine the vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Zest and juice the orange, and combine in a separate small bowl. Thinly slice the green onions on a diagonal and set aside for serving.

3.2 Stove

Heat a dry, large, heavy-bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil, swirling to coat bottom. Add chicken and spread pieces to a single layer. Cook until well-browned on underside, 2-3 minutes. Turn pieces over and cook until browned on second side, 2-3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl.

Reduce heat to medium and add the vinegar-sugar mixture to pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then cook until thickened slightly, about 30 seconds. Add zest and juice and return chicken to pan. Cook, stirring well, until sauce thickens and coats chicken.

3.3 Serve

Sprinkle chicken with the reserved green onions and serve immediately.


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