Take Out Fake Out: Orange ChickenIt’s been a while since we shared a take out fake-out favorite here on the site – so I thought it was high time! I’ve made this orange chicken several times now over the past couple years, and we always really enjoy it. I hate deep-frying anything. Not that I don’t love fried foods, but it makes a mess, isn’t figure friendly, and the smell lingers in the air for hours. But, once in a blue moon it’s a nice treat that we all look forward to.

At first I was leery of the cornstarch batter. But, I’ll tell you – it’s totally the secret of the Chinese restaurants. Browns and crisps up beautifully, and it stays crispy. Even after spending some time in the oven while I fried the rest of the chicken, and saucing – it was still nice and crunchy.

And the sauce? Fresh orange juice and zest, a little tang from rice wine vinegar, and a spicy kick from cayenne makes for a perfect combination. I actually like to use whole dried small red peppers, but I couldn’t find any – so cayenne works in a pinch (heh, in a pinch – no pun intended). I’m looking forward to trying the sauce in other applications as well. I think it would be a fabulous basting sauce for chicken or pork on the grill – which we’ve been firing up a lot lately.

So let’s give your delivery guy a rest, and make this Chinese favorite in your own kitchen tonight!


  1. Posted April 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

    This is one of my very favorite take out fake-out recipes! We haven’t made it in ages, I need to put it on the menu very soon.

  2. Arik
    Posted April 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

    This looks tasty–

  3. Posted April 30, 2013 at 7:07 PM | Permalink

    I just got this from my favorite Thai place but I think I need to make this at home next time!

  4. Posted July 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

    So, I’ve tried quite a few of your recipes, and let me just say, EVERY ONE WAS A HIT!!! You’ve got quite the talent 🙂

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