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Baked Orange Chicken


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 servings 1x

Description

Baked Orange Chicken is a classic take-out option to make in your own home! Tender chicken is lightly coated in panko bread crumbs, baked until crispy and tossed with a vibrantly delicious orange sauce. All you need is 30 minutes to get this Baked Orange Chicken on the table!


Ingredients

Scale

For the chicken:

  • 1 1/2 pounds bone-less, skin-less chicken breasts or tenders cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • Cooking spray

For the sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Garnish ideas:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Orange zest
  • Chopped green onion or chives

Instructions

For the chicken:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Whisk the eggs together in a small bowl. Combine the flour and panko bread crumbs together in a separate small bowl. Work with one chicken piece at a time to dredge in the egg wash (letting excess drain off), coat completely in the flour-panko breading (shaking off excess) and then place on a greased baking sheet. Repeat this process until all the chicken pieces are dredged and coated and in an even layer on the baking sheet.
  2. Quickly spray the tops of the prepared chicken pieces with cooking spray or baste with olive oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is crispy. They may not be golden brown and that’s ok because they will be coated in the sauce.

For the sauce:

  1. While the chicken is cooking, whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a small sauce pan and then place over medium heat until it comes to a low boil. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 5-8 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  2. After the chicken comes out of the oven, immediately coat with the sauce. I find the easiest way to to do this is to transfer the chicken to a large bowl and pour the sauce over top. You can then gently toss the chicken in the bowl to get all the pieces covered. You can also just pour the sauce straight onto the baking sheet and use that to coat the chicken if the baking sheet has raised edges.
  3. Garnish the orange chicken with sesame seeds, additional orange zest or chopped green onion if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use white or dark meat chicken for this recipe – just make sure it is bone-less and skin-less.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
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