Orange Peel Chicken

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Orange Peel Sauce

  • 2 oranges, zest and juice
  • 250ml (1 cup) orange juice
  • 125ml (½ cup) chicken stock
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) rice wine vinegar
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) brown sugar
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) sriracha [optional]
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) cornstarch

Fried Chicken

  • 600g (1½lbs) chicken breasts, cut into 2.5cm (1in) pieces
  • 60ml (¼ cup) cornstarch
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil


  • 4 spring onions, washed and chopped


  1. For the Orange Peel Sauce: Place all the ingredients, except for the cornstarch, in a saucepan.
  2. Turn up to a medium heat and let the sauce reach a slow simmer point and continue to cook for 10 minutes or until the flavours have infused the sauce.
  3. Place the cornstarch in a small cup and add 15ml (1 tsbp) of water to it. Stir.
  4. Slowly drizzle the cornstarch slurry to the sauce while stirring.
  5. After a few minutes the sauce will thicken.
  6. Turn off the heat and set the sauce aside.
  7. For the Fried Chicken: Place the chicken in a bowl and coat with the cornstarch.
  8. Heat the oil in a wok and fry the chicken in batches until browned all over.
  9. Place all the browned chicken in the wok and turn up the heat.
  10. Pour the sauce over the chicken and let it sizzle for 2 minutes or until the chicken has been cooked through.
  11. Sprinkle with spring onions and serve immediately with rice. Enjoy!


  • When frying the chicken pieces, use more oil if needed.
  • [Optional] If you would like a smooth sauce, sieve the orange peel sauce before adding the cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce.
  • If you’re a sauce aficionado like me, add a dash more orange juice to the sauce after it’s been thickened to create a bit more of it. It will boost the orange flavour even more!
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese

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