Szechuan Orange Chicken

Szechuan Orange Chicken

This Szechuan Orange Chicken recipe doesn’t need much of an introduction.  Just look at the picture.  It’s bursting with broccoli, carrots, and chicken all cooked to perfection in a slightly spicy orange sauce that is far better than anything I have ever eaten at a restaurant.  Served over rice, this meal is nutritious, gorgeous, and satisfyingly delicious.  Oh, and it’s quick and simple to make.  This recipe is definitely a keeper.

I got the recipe {here} and only modified it by adding more broccoli and using regular rice instead of instant.


1 pound boneless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoons sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes {or more}
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 heads broccoli, cut into florets and stems peeled
3 carrots, thinly sliced
rice {white or brown}


1. Cook rice according to package directions.
2. Combine chicken, orange zest, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon soy sauce in a large bowl.  Toss to coat.
3. In a small bowl, combine orange juice, chicken broth, honey, sesame oil, pepper flakes, the remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch, and remaining soy sauce.  Set aside.
4. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.  Add chicken mixture and stir fry until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.  Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
5. Return skillet to heat and add remaining 1 teaspoon canola oil.  Add ginger and garlic, and fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds.  Add broccoli and carrots, and cook until broccoli is bright green, about 3-5 minutes.  Pour in your reserved orange juice mixture and bring to a boil.  Cook until thickened, about 1 minute.  Add chicken and cook until heated through.
6. Serve over rice.


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19 Responses to Szechuan Orange Chicken

  1. Leilani May 23, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Lovely dish! I agree, homemade stir-fry is much better than the stuff from the restaurants. I don’t get the headache or bloat. 🙂 Will tuck this recipe away as I love savory foods that contain citrus.

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

      I’ve had that bloating and headache before ~ I think it was caused by the MSG. If you love delicious stir-fry and spicy/citrus, you will love, love, love this.

  2. Maureen May 23, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Great photo! It really does make me want some right now. I love cooking with whole foods and will be pinning this one!

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

      Thanks, Maureen. That means a lot to me because your photos are so, so gorgeous.

  3. Jeanie @ create&babble May 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    That looks so pretty! Almost too pretty to eat…almost!

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

      Thank you, Jeanie. It’s one of the prettiest meals I’ve made in a long time. One of the most delicious, too.

  4. Diane May 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Looks delicious!! Thank you for linking up at Family Fun Friday on! Blessings!

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      This chicken is so delicious. I hope you give it a try. and if you do, let me know how you like it. Thank you so much for hosting your link party.

  5. I’ve got to quit looking at recipes right before dinner. My stomach is really rumbling after looking at your Szechuan Orange Chicken. I love sweet and spicey together. I can’t wait to give this a try.

    • Lori May 25, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      I know what you mean about looking at all of the yummy recipes and pictures when hungry. Let me know if you try this recipe.

  6. Gardenchef's Needle and Pen May 26, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    Can’t wait to try this! Pinned this too! Coming from Foodie Friday link up.

    • Lori May 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      Thank you so much. I hope you love it… let me know. 🙂

  7. Cathy May 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    Hopping over from Whipperberry.

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  8. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds May 29, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    This looks awesome. And, I don’t typically make Asian inspired foods. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

    • Lori May 30, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

      You’re welcome…Thank you, Carrie.

  9. Jeni May 29, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Sounds delicious!

    • Lori May 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      It’s delicious, for sure. I just made it again last night. 🙂

  10. Charlene@A Pinch of Joy June 2, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Looks delicious — and very colorful too! Pinned and added to my try this list! Thanks so much for sharing on busy Monday!

    • Lori June 4, 2013 at 3:00 am #

      You’re welcome, Charlene. Thank you for hosting your link party ~ I thoroughly enjoy seeing what everyone has created throughout the week.

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