Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

Based on the orange chicken served at our local Chinese restaurant, this is a sweet and spicy dish. We have made it lower fat by using an oven-frying technique to prepare the chicken.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place chicken in 1-gallon zipper-lock bag; set aside.
  2. Combine chicken broth, orange juice, grated zest, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, and cayenne in large saucepan (with at least 3-quart capacity); whisk until sugar is fully dissolved.
  3. Measure out 3/4 cup mixture and pour into bag with chicken; press out as much air as possible and seal bag, making sure that all pieces are coated with marinade. Refrigerate 30 to 60 minutes, but no longer.
  4. Bring remaining mixture in saucepan to boil over high heat. In small bowl, stir together cornstarch and cold water; whisk cornstarch mixture into sauce. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, until thick and translucent, about 1 minute. Off heat, stir in orange peel and chiles (sauce should measure 1 1/2 cups); set sauce aside.
  5. Place egg whites in pie plate; using fork, beat until frothy. In second pie plate, whisk cornstarch, cayenne, and baking soda until combined. Drain chicken in colander or large mesh strainer; thoroughly pat chicken dry with paper towels.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Place half of chicken pieces in egg whites and turn to coat; transfer pieces to cornstarch mixture and coat thoroughly. Place dredged chicken pieces on wire rack set over baking sheet; repeat with remaining chicken.
  8. Arrange chicken pieces on baking sheet lined with non-stick foil. Spray with cooking oil spray. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  9. Reheat sauce over medium heat until simmering, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and gently toss until evenly coated and heated through. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

I came across this looking for a main course which could make use of the bowl of egg whites I had in my fridge, left over from making Hollandaise Sauce, and, this coming from someone who doesn't like Chinese food.. I thought it was great! I added spring onion and mushrooms to the sauce, to give it a bit more substance, and it came out really well. Me and my sister enjoyed it, but it was a little too spicy for my 6 year old nephew. Will definitely try this again, next time I have left over egg whites, and I might give it just a little less time in the oven. Cheers for a good recipe. :)

RalMiska October 28, 2006