Thai Orange Chicken Recipe -
Thai Orange Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Thai Orange Chicken

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"Slightly sweet, a little spicy and a hint of orange gives this chicken dish a unique flavor that is sure to wake up your taste buds. Serve over Chinese noodles or rice along with a green salad for a delicious, quick meal."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    40 mins


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir carrots, ginger, and garlic until carrots are slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer carrot mixture to a bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to the same skillet.
  2. Cook and stir chicken in the hot olive oil until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Add carrot mixture, water, peanuts, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, and red pepper flakes to chicken; stir to combine. Cover and simmer until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove about 1/4 cup sauce from the skillet; whisk in cornstarch until dissolved and sauce is smooth. Pour cornstarch mixture back into chicken and sauce; cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 more minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 20, 2012

Where do I begin? First - this is a solid recipe and the flavors are all there but need to be intensified. I would suggest using Grape Seed oil that can withstand higher heat, has a neutral flavor and is healthy like OO. I mixed up the 'sauce' ingredients and decided to up the garlic and ginger - the orange was really subdued so I added orange zest (would use marmalade the OJ concentrate next time) Put some of the sauce on the chicken to marinate with the cornstarch instead of adding it later. I used Sambal chili paste instead of chili flakes. Additional vegetables like pepper and onions add a lot to this recipe. Thanks for an inspiring recipe - all the right flavors it just needs more of them.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 19, 2015

I think this is too sweet.

Dec 04, 2012

I’m hit or miss when it comes to Thai food, but this was awesome! I made a few changes, but mostly to the cooking process, not the ingredients. I felt that adding the crushed red pepper flakes at the end of the cooking process would not give it the kind of spicy kick it deserves, so I started by sauteing the crushed red pepper along with the garlic in the olive oil for about 3 minutes before adding the carrots and ginger. This infuses the oil with flavor and gives the dish an even and consistent spice. It also brings out the heat in the red pepper. After the carrots started to soften, I pushed them to the side and added the chicken, omitting the second dose of olive oil. I’m not big on oily dishes and have found that I can cut it or even eliminate it most of the time. As the chicken browned, I stirred it with the carrots and added the rest of the ingredients except the orange juice. I used the orange juice to whisk the cornstarch in and added it last. Serve over noodles and you will have a sweet orange dish that ends with a spicy kick.

Feb 12, 2014

I thank you for such a wonderful recipe, I will never again grab take out food. I used a fresh orange and the zest, doubled the ginger and garlic and added a yellow pepper. Zipped it up with szechuan chili sauce. Next time I am going to add snap peas. This is absolutely one of our new favorites! Thank you again! The whole family loved this dish!

Jan 09, 2014

We really enjoyed this. As others have said, the orange flavor is quite subtle and if I had had some marmalade, I probably would have thrown a tablespoon or so in. Nonetheless, it's fine as is. My only changes were to sauté the red peppers with the garlic and ginger (as someone else suggested) and I did dust the chicken with cornstarch prior to frying. Oh - and I only used 1T or cornstarch at end to thicken sauce. Will definitely make again - thanks so much for the recipe!

Oct 24, 2013

Great dish with lots of flavor. If you are someone reading this who does not like tweaks - STOP reading right now! My DH and I loved this recipe. It was every bit as good as take out. As I stated above, I read the other reviews and made some changes. I had 2 small chicken breast, so I added red, orange and green pepper and sliced a small onion to the mix. This added a lot more bulk, but all with fresh veggies. I did double the sauce as I was serving this over sushi rice and I wanted it saucy. Rather than add water, I replaced it with more orange juice and mixed the cornstarch with it. That worked great and thickened up the sauce nicely. I also added a heaping tablespoon of orange marmalade, because I had an opened jar. I added peanuts to mine after I dished it up as DH does not like nuts in his Asian food. I also zested a fresh orange before serving. I did use all the ingredients listed, just more of them and added a few extras. Really very happy with how this dish turned out. Definitely a keeper!!

Apr 10, 2013

HUGE hit here! My first time using peanuts in a chicken dish. Wow. Unbelievably good! It could use a bit more heat(did I just say that?!) but really a very good, kid friendly meal.

Aug 31, 2012

This was SO good. Nice thick sauce and very tasty. Could definitely kick it up a notch, but was very good like it was, following the recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 427 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.1 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 32 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 24.3 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 18.4 g
  • 37%
  • Sodium
  • 1360 mg
  • 54%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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