Mama's orange chicken

Vickiala Edmonds


When my husband would order orange chicken he would complain about the lack of flavor. Browsing the internet I notice that some orange sauces use little or no orange juice at all. I figured I'll make it using my barbeque sauce recipe, replacing the tomatoes past with 100% orange juice and orange zest.....,lets just say my husband doesn't order orange chicken anymore.

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★★★★★ 7 votes

20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top



  • 4 lb
    party chicken wings (or boneless)
  • 1/4 c
    ground sea salt (or table salt)
  • 1/4 c
    ground pepper corn (or black pepper)
  • 3 c
    all purpose flour
  • 4 c
    peanut oil (or vegetable)

  • 1 c
    water, cold
  • 1/3 c
    white vinegar
  • 2 c
    100% orange juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    soy sauce, dark
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange zest
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 tsp
    ginger root (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 tsp
    crushed dried red peppers (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    cold water

How to Make Mama's orange chicken


  1. Rinse chicken in large cullender, sit cullender in sink to remove excess water. Pour peanut oil into frying pan (deep fryer) using medium heat setting. In large freezer bag combine sea salt, corn pepper and all purpose flour seal bag and toss for 10 sec. Add desired piece of chicken into flour mixture toss bag until chicken is coated. Carefully place chicken into hot oil frying 10-15 minute on both side or until golden brown. Remove chicken place on paper towel to remove excess oil.
  2. In large sauce pan combine 1 cup of water, orange juice rice vinegar and soy sauce over medium heat, stir for 5 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, garlic, orange zest, ginger and red peppers. bring to a boil. In small bowl combine 1/4 cup of cold water into cornstarch stir until dissolved. slowly stir cornstarch mixture into orange sauce until thickens. Pour over chicken toss until well coated.
    (This is also great over Shrimp, pork or beef)

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About Mama's orange chicken

Course/Dish: Gravies
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Asian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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