Simple Skillet Orange Chicken

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Skillet Orange Chicken

If you’ve got a hankering for Chinese food but are short on time, I’ve got just the ticket.  This delicious Skillet Orange Chicken only calls for 7 ingredients and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.  It’s quick, easy and full of flavor.  You can also switch it up by using pineapple marmalade or preserves in place of the orange marmalade if you’re looking for a little bit different flavor.  Like a little heat?  Add in some red pepper flakes to give it a zing.  It’s a huge time saver and a great way to get a home cooked meal on the table without a lot of hassle.  My family just loves this and I know you will, too!  Skillet Orange Chicken - Southern Bite

Simple Skillet Orange Chicken
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  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions for garnish, optional
  1. Cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes. Place the chicken in a bowl with the ground ginger, garlic powder, and soy sauce and toss to coat. Allow the chicken to marinate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown. Getting the chicken to have that golden brown color is the trick here, so adjust your heat as high as you can without burning the chicken and stir it only a few times to allow the chicken to brown well. Once you've got the chicken browned, stir in the marmalade and hoisin sauce. Stir to combine and allow the marmalade to melt. Continue to cook until the chicken is cooked through and serve over hot rice.
  3. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired.


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  1. Looks delicious! Thanks, Stacey.

  2. I can’t wait to try this tonight, especially with the pineapple variation you suggested! Thanks!

  3. Why don’t you provide the number of servings this makes?

  4. What is hoisin sauce? and is there a substitute for it?

    • Hoisin is a thick soy-based sauce that should be relatively easy to find in the asian section of your grocery store. You can substitute soy sauce for it, but the measurements would be different.

  5. Samantha says:

    Stacey, I tried this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Like you said, it was so quick and easy. Since we like a little heat, we took your suggestion and added red pepper flakes. But, we just sprinkled it on our individual servings according to how much heat we prefer. The roasted sesame seeds were a nice touch too. I was out of green onions, but I’ll add them next time.

    Thanks for a great recipe, and one that’s so quick and easy to make! I’ll be sharing this recipe, and making it again!

  6. Samantha says:

    Hi again, Stacey. I just wanted to let you know that I shared this recipe with my mother and she made it last night and loved it. It’s a keeper!

  7. Wendy Hampton says:

    I’ve been looking for a simple recipe for Orange Chicken! Thanks so much for sharing. We loved the touch of crushed peppers for spicyness!

  8. This was exactly what I was looking for. Came out quickly & delicious and my teenage sons loved it. I ended up googling a homemade recipe for hoisin sauce. (ha! That may have been questionable, but seemed good since I didn’t know what to compare it to.)

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