Zesty Orange Chicken is a kind of dishes I wish to order once we get take out. Now!..... I might somewhat make it at house! This recipe is very easy to make and actually does give the rooster a pleasant zesty zip!!! I believe the toughest a part of this recipes is chopping the orange peel (and that actually is not that tough to do) however darn, it is likely one of the finest elements of the recipe. The candy orange taste is like sweet added to this spicy rooster dish! We even have an Orange Beef Stir Fry recipe that can fulfill that beef lover in your life!

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Key Tips for making Zesty Orange Chicken

The finest tip for any recipe is to get all of the components out first. This is a really fast recipe to make.

So there are 3 methods to make the rooster for this recipe 1. Air fry 2. Bake or 3. Stir Fry. They are all simple and simply depends upon the way you need to prepare dinner the rooster. In the long term, stir frying the rooster is the best method as a result of there is just one pan for clear up. Preparing the rooster are the identical steps for all 3 ways (air fry, bake or stir fry).

Preparing the Chicken

For the zesty orange rooster it is good to chop the rooster into chew dimension items. Next, marinate the rooster in orange juice. Yes, orange juice. It sounds unusual nevertheless it actually places that orange-y taste into the rooster. We used recent squeezed orange juice however bottled OJ will work simply as effectively and is cheaper than shopping for oranges. If you get bottled oj, simply bear in mind, you will nonetheless want one or two oranges with the intention to have the peel for the recipe. Place the minimize up rooster breast right into a bowl with the OJ and marinate for not less than half-hour however not more than an hour.

After half-hour of marinating the rooster drain and discard the orange juice. Toss the rooster within the spices (cornstarch, cumin, garlic, salt and turmeric). The 3 ways to make the zesty orange rooster are:

  1. Air Fry - Place the seasoned rooster within the air fryer for 18 minutes at 400 levels.
  2. Bake - Place on a baking sheet and prepare dinner in a 400 diploma oven for 25 minutes or till achieved
  3. Stir Fry - Heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a saute pan. Cook the rooster within the pan. When the Chicken is completed take away and use the pan for the sauce.

Making the Sauce

Peel the oranges and take away as a lot of the white a part of the orange peel as attainable. Don't overlook to scrub off the orange previous to peeling. Cut the orange peel into strips. (One of the most effective elements of this zesty orange rooster is the orange peel!!) Heat one Tablespoon of olive oil in a saute pan. Add the minced ginger, minced garlic and, for those who're all about some candy and spicy, add the chopped Habanero. Saute for a few minutes then add the sliced orange peel. Saute for 3 minutes or so. Add Orange Juice, soy sauce, and maple syrup (or honey). Bring to a boil and simmer till the sauce simply reduces to about half.

Toss the cooked rooster to the sauce combination and coat. If the sauce must thicken extra make a cornstarch slurry. (combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water). Add the cornstarch combination to the sauce and rooster. It will thicken and glaze the rooster.

Enjoy the Zesty Orange Chicken with rice or cauliflower rice.

Zesty Orange Chicken

Zesty Orange Sauce coats the air fried or baked rooster for a simple, more healthy model of a take out basic.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: Air Fryer, Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 499kcal
Author: Belly Laugh Living

A Few Things We Use

  • Air Fryer


  • 2 Pounds Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice

Spice Mix for Chicken

  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric

Sauce (Glaze)

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Finely chopped or minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Ginger Finely chopped or minced
  • 2 Orange peels Cut into strips
  • 1 Tablespoon Habanero Optional
  • 1 1/2 Cups Orange Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch Optional


Prepare Chicken

  • Cut rooster breast into chew dimension items
    2 Pounds Chicken Breast
  • Marinate the Chicken in a single cup of orange juice for not less than half-hour No multiple hour
    1 Cup Orange Juice
  • Drain the rooster and discard the orange juice marinade. Toss the rooster in seasoning (cornstarch, cumin, garlic, salt, turmeric)
    2 Tablespoons Cornstarch, 1 teaspoon Cumin, 1 teaspoon Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • Spray the air fryer with cooking spray (we used olive oil spray) If baking, spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. If stir frying warmth 2 Tablespoon oil in a saute pan
    Air Fry: Place the rooster within the air fryer basket. Cook at 400 levels for 18 minutes. Baking: bake in a 400 diploma preheated oven for 25 minutes. If stir frying, stir fry the rooster in a saute pan with oil till cooked all through.

Orange Glaze

  • Peel the oranges, take away as a lot of the white a part of the orange as you possibly can and minimize the orange peel into skinny strips
    2 Orange peels
  • Finely chop ginger and garlic. Heat olive oil in massive saute pan and add the ginger, and garlic. (Later you'll be including the cooked rooster, so ensure that to make use of a pan that's massive sufficient to carry the whole lot)
    2 Cloves Garlic, 2 Tablespoons Ginger, 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Add the orange peel to the saute pan. Saute for two to three minutes. If utilizing Habanero add with the orange peel.
    1 Tablespoon Habanero
  • Combine all sauce components (Orange Juice, Maple Syrup and soy sauce) and add to the pan
    1 1/2 Cups Orange Juice, 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup, 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • Bring sauce to a boil (takes about 3 or 4 minutes). Turn right down to a simmer. Stirring usually, simmer till sauce has decreased by about half. This takes about 10 minutes
  • After the sauce has decreased by about half. Add the cooked, (air fried, baked, or stir fried), rooster into the sauce.
    Stir the rooster within the sauce and proceed to prepare dinner till the sauce has fully coated the rooster in a pleasant glaze. If the sauce must thicken extra, make a cornstarch slurry (in a small bowl combine collectively 1 Tablespoon cornstarch and a pair of Tablespoons water). Pour the Cornstarch combination into the pan with the sauce and rooster. Stir till sauce thickens.
    1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • Serve with rice or cauliflower rice. Or get pleasure from by itself.


Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1103mg | Potassium: 1466mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Vitamin C: 141mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg
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