Express Orange Chicken Recipe

Quick and Easy Express Orange Chicken Recipe 2024

At my house, we don’t get takeout, ever. It’s not that we don’t want it or crave it; it’s just that it’s not a possibility. The town has no restaurants. 

There are some in the next town, down the hill from us but only two delivers. And not to Angwin. So, our only situation is homemade takeout. 

which has turned out to be a better solution. It’s way faster, healthier, and tastier. This recipe is ready in less time than it takes to order food and wait the half hour or so for it to be delivered. 

So, the other day, I made Express Orange Chicken using Success® Rice. The rice cooks in 10 minutes. Super quick and tasty. 

I rarely ever bother to make rice because it takes so long on the stovetop, and I always end up burning it. This one is 10 and done. Lots of different kinds too, for this day I used Basmati.

Instead of eating on the couch with plates on our lap like we normally do, the table was set, cloth napkins and all. 

Got little red envelopes, stamped in gold with ‘good luck, prosperity, long life’ and filled them with coins from our jar. Had to make it a little special, if we are going to properly eat dinner at the table, right?

The recipe makes your favorite Orange Chicken fast and at home. So have fun with it. You can buy little takeout boxes and pack up all your leftovers there. 

Make the takeout experience at home like the real thing. I suggest packing the food for a later midnight snack in separate containers. 

Rice in one, chicken and broccoli in the other. The flavor of the orange chicken won’t completely absorb into the rice, which makes it better for reheating or just eating cold, straight out of the fridge.

How To Make Express Orange Chicken

Express Orange Chicken Recipe Guide

Looking to whip up a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen? 

With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you can enjoy a flavorful dish that’s sure to please the whole family. Let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of Success® Basmati Rice, Success® Brown Rice, Success® Jasmine Rice, or Success® Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian hot sauce (such as Sriracha)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 10 ounces frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions:

1. Cook the Rice: 

Prepare the Success® rice according to the package directions. Set aside and keep warm.

2. Make the Sauce: 

In a medium bowl, combine the orange marmalade, white vinegar, Asian hot sauce, ground ginger, and soy sauce. Mix thoroughly and set aside.

3. Prepare the Broccoli: 

Cook the frozen broccoli florets according to the package directions. Set aside.

4. Coat the Chicken: 

In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg. Dip each piece of chicken into the beaten egg, ensuring they are evenly coated.

5. Prepare the Coating: 

In another bowl, combine the cornstarch, flour, salt, and pepper.

6. Coat the Chicken Again: 

Remove the chicken from the egg mixture and dredge each piece in the cornstarch mixture, coating them thoroughly.

7. Fry the Chicken: 

Heat vegetable oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat until it reaches 375°F (190°C). 

Fry the coated chicken pieces in batches until they are golden brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes per batch. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked chicken to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess oil.

8. Combine Ingredients: 

In a large bowl, toss the fried chicken with the cooked broccoli and the prepared orange marmalade sauce until everything is well coated.

9. Serve: 

Serve the orange chicken and broccoli mixture over the hot cooked rice.

FAQs About Express Orange Chicken Recipe

1. What Is The Sauce On Orange Chicken Made Of?

The sauce typically includes orange juice, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, ginger, red pepper flakes, and orange zest, creating a sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy flavor​​.

2. How Can I Store Leftover Orange Chicken?

You can store it in the fridge for 3-4 days in an airtight container. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months. Remember, reheating might not retain the original crispiness​​​​​​.

3. Can I Use Something Other Than Rice Vinegar In The Recipe?

Yes, apple cider vinegar is a good substitute if you can’t find rice vinegar. It will still result in a delicious sauce​​.

4. What Are The Key Ingredients For Express Orange Chicken?

Ingredients typically include chicken thighs, egg, salt, pepper, vegetable oil, cornstarch, flour, and various components for the sauce like vegetable oil, garlic, ginger, orange juice, sugars, vinegar, soy sauce, water, and sesame oil​​.

5. Can Orange Chicken Be Made In A Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can prepare it in a slow cooker by cooking raw chicken with the sauce for about 3 hours, adding a cornstarch slurry to achieve the desired thickness​​.

6. Is It Possible To Prepare Orange Chicken In Advance?

Absolutely, you can fry the coated chicken, freeze it for up to 3 months, and make the sauce in advance and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days​​.

7. How Do I Achieve The Perfect Crispiness For Orange Chicken?

Avoid overcrowding the pan when deep-frying chicken pieces; this keeps the oil temperature stable and prevents the breading from becoming soggy​​.

8. Can Orange Chicken Be Made Vegetarian?

Yes, you can substitute chicken with tofu to make a vegetarian version. Ensure to press out as much liquid from the tofu as possible before using​​.

9. What Are Some Serving Suggestions For Orange Chicken?

Orange Chicken pairs well with steamed white rice or fried rice. For extra flavor, consider topping it with sesame seeds, chopped spring onions, or more orange zest​​.

10. What is the difference between Orange Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken?

While both dishes feature crispy chicken in a sweet sauce, General Tso’s Chicken typically has a darker, chili-based sauce and is spicier, whereas Orange Chicken has a lighter-colored, sweet, sour, and savory glaze with less heat​​.

Final Words

Enjoy your Express Orange Chicken! With its sweet and tangy flavor, crispy chicken, and tender broccoli, this dish is sure to be a hit at your dinner table. Plus, with Success® rice, you’ll have a perfect base to soak up all the delicious sauce. So why wait? Dig in and enjoy a tasty meal in no time!

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