How to make orange sauce for orange chicken

Updated April 17, 2017

If you're looking for a simple way to spice up your chicken, this flavourful orange sauce will bring a bit of the Far East right into your own kitchen. Orange chicken is a staple of and perennial favourite among those who love Asian cuisine. Add this simple-to-make sauce to pieces of breaded and fried chicken and you will have your own delicious orange chicken in only minutes.

Combine 1 1/2 cups water, soy sauce, lemon juice, rice vinegar and orange juice in a large saucepan. Stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until ingredients become well-blended.

Slowly add in the brown sugar, orange zest, ginger root, garlic and onion. Your mixture should have a fairly runny consistency. Remove from heat as soon as the mixture reaches a boil.

Combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a separate bowl. Blend thoroughly. This will create the thickening agent for your sauce.

When your sauce mixture has cooled, slowly stir in the thickening agent. Blend until the sauce thickens. If you add the cornstarch mixture when the sauce is too hot, it may not set up properly and will remain runny.

Pour the sauce over your chicken pieces. Garnish if desired, and serve. This sauce is good for about 0.907 Kilogram of chicken.


Add red pepper flakes and minced spring onions as a garnish to bring a bit more zest to the sweet nature of the orange sauce.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 2 1/2 tbs. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs. orange juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. grated orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbs. chopped spring onion
  • 3 tbs. cornstarch
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