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Spicy Stir Fried Orange Chicken

This quick and easy, Asian inspired dish is a weekday menu staple in our house. The quickly stir fried chicken in orange sweet and sour sauce is one of our best loved 30 minute meals. We love ours with thin Chinese noodles.
Course Quick and Easy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in cubes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • ¼ cup rice wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp chilli paste or a pinch of chili flakes, to taste
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • Finely chopped zest of 1/2 of one small orange about a teaspoonful
  • ½ tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch dissolved in ¼ cup cold water
  • 2 large oranges cut in sections


  1. In a wok or large sauté pan over high heat, season and stir fry the chicken and garlic in the oil until almost completely cooked. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  2. Mix together the rice wine, rice wine vinegar, orange juice, hoisin sauce,sesame oil and chili paste and add to the wok or sauté pan.
  3. Bring to a boil and return the chicken and garlic to the pan along with the grated ginger, orange zest, five spice powder and red pepper. Bring back to a slow simmer, then to thicken the sauce, add the slurry of cornstarch and water, stirring constantly. (NOTE: You may not have to use all of the slurry. Use just enough to bring the sauce to the proper consistency.)
  4. Finally toss in the orange sections to warm them through.
  5. Serve over rice noodles and garnish with fresh chopped scallions.