I’ve never been big on Chinese food; growing up we just never ate it. In my past corporate life, it seemed like people always wanted to go for Chinese during lunch and I dreaded finding something I would like every single time. It really wasn’t until years after marrying my husband that I found out I’m a closet Chinese food lover. He ordered orange chicken from one of his favorite take-out places, and after bravely stealing a few bites, I’ve been hooked ever since!
This version of orange chicken is baked, and the flavor is spot on! I’ve tried making it once before and it was way too sweet and the orange flavor was all wrong. I love a little bit of kick, this recipe has a subtle heat to it but you could definitely amp it up some if you prefer. I actually sprinkle crushed red peppers flakes instead of sesame seeds on top of mine.
This oven backed orange chicken is best served with steamed rice
- 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1½ cup cornstarch
- 3 eggs beaten
- ¼ cup canola or olive oil
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- ⅔ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tsp sriracha
- 3 tbsp White Vinegar
- 3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tbsp Grated Orange Peel
- 1 tsp cornstarch
Preheat oven to 325 degrees, grease a 9 x 13 baking dish and set aside.
Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.
Place cornstarch and slightly beaten eggs in separate bowls.
Dip the chicken into cornstarch first and then coat in the egg mixture.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until browned.
Place the chicken in the baking dish.
In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, orange juice, sriracha, apple cider vinegar, grated orange peel, white vinegar, soy sauce, garlic salt, and cornstarch.
Pour over chicken and bake for 1 hour. Stir the chicken every 15 minutes to fully coat.
Cool a few minutes in the pan before plating to allow the sauce to thicken.
Yes, you read that correctly, dip first in the cornstarch and then in the egg mixture. Also, don't be alarmed when your browning the chicken, the texture will change.