Savory bites of chicken and tender bell peppers are cooked in an orange-ginger sauce in this delicious & flavorful dinner. It makes great leftovers, too!

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Orange Szechuan Chicken! Savory bites of chicken and tender bell peppers are cooked in an orange-ginger sauce in this delicious & flavorful dinner. It makes great leftovers, too! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Orange Szechuan Chicken

I don’t know about you, but I love taking advantage of a good sale. And better yet, I love to buy things in bulk. Because who wants to go to the grocery store 10 times for the same item, amirite?

And, of course, this is all assuming that I can save or freeze these sold-in-bulk goods. That was a hard lesson I learned in my 20’s. Many a Costco-sized basket of apples did not reach their full potential at my hands.

But let’s just say that I happened across a great chicken sale (because I totally did). And let’s just say that I have a laundry-list of chicken recipes I’ve been waiting to make (because I totally do).

When faced with this opportunity, I did the only logical thing: I started with the recipe I’ve been drooling over the most.

And that, my friends, was this orange-infused Szechuan chicken recipe (also known as Sichuan chicken).

Orange Szechuan Chicken! Savory bites of chicken and tender bell peppers are cooked in an orange-ginger sauce in this delicious & flavorful dinner. It makes great leftovers, too! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Now, I gotta be honest – this wasn’t exactly the “quickest” dinner I’ve ever made, but you have to understand:

Chopping veggies and meats is not my strong suit.

I guess it must be the perfectionist in me (or probably my survival instinct kicking in, seeing as I’m very clumsy) but I’ve never been able to master chopping. I take more of a “slow and steady wins the race” approach, with each cut made with shaky uncertainty tender loving care. I always get the job done, but it’s a slow and tedious process wherein I’m never quite sure if I’ll still have all my fingers when I’m done.

So when I say this Szechuan chicken was a little time-consuming to make, you can grade my opinion in the same way the height requirement keeps the vertically challenged off a rollercoaster ride.

But you know what I can tell you about this recipe?

The finished dish was delicious.

Orange Szechuan Chicken! Savory bites of chicken and tender bell peppers are cooked in an orange-ginger sauce in this delicious & flavorful dinner. It makes great leftovers, too! | HomemadeHooplah.com

I’ve had “standard” Szechuan chicken before, and honestly, I think I enjoy this version better – but, then again, I always tend to lean toward sweeter dishes. The orange flavor is definitely “there” in this recipe, but it’s not overpowering at all.

And when this Szechuan orange chicken is served over a bed of steaming white rice? It’ll make you wonder why you ever bothered with Chinese take-out!

notes & tips for this Szechuan Chicken recipe

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Orange Szechuan Chicken! Savory bites of chicken and tender bell peppers are cooked in an orange-ginger sauce in this delicious & flavorful dinner. It makes great leftovers, too! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Orange Szechuan Chicken! Savory bites of chicken and tender bell peppers are cooked in an orange-ginger sauce in this delicious & flavorful dinner. It makes great leftovers, too! | HomemadeHooplah.com
5 from 1 vote

Orange Szechuan Chicken

15 mins prep + 30 mins cook
358 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
Savory bites of chicken and tender bell peppers are cooked in an orange-ginger sauce in this delicious & flavorful dinner. It makes great leftovers, too!

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a small bowlwhisk together hoisin sauce, orange zest, and orange juice. Set aside.
  • In a large sskillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat until steaming. Cooking in batches that best fit your skillet, add cut chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until no longer pink (about 3-5 minutes) then remove from skillet and place on a plate. Repeat until all chicken is cooked and removed from skillet.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to skillet, then add cut bell pepper. Cook bell pepper, turning frequently, until just softened, about 3-5 minutes. Push pepper to one side of the skillet.
  • On the clear side of the skillet, add ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Use the back of a spatula to gently press the garlic and ginger into the skillet. Scrape up ginger and garlic and press again. Repeat this for about 30 seconds or until ginger and garlic are fragrant.
  • Add orange-hoisin mixture to the skillet and stir all contents of skillet together until combined. Let sauce simmer until reduced and thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add cooked chicken and scallions to skillet, then toss to coat. Continue to cook chicken until it's heated through.
  • Serve immediately with veggies or white rice.

Notes

Recipe lightly adapted from America's Test Kitchen.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 866mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1220IU | Vitamin C: 69.7mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.6mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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28 comments

    • Ree

    AS THE OTHERS HAVE SAID BEFORE ME, I can’t wait to try this recipe. My an old friend of mine should love it too, as he loves oranges & chicken & peppers, and NO breading!! We r keeping our carbs down, so this is perfect!! I am on a Paleo diet & so is he (kind of,) so I will definitely try this over the weekend. Thanks for this recipe!!

    • Bethany @ athletic avocado

    This looks like such a yummy well-rounded dinner recipe! You got your protein and your veggies all doused up in a flavorful sauce!

    • Carly Delski

    omg! Looks delicious! And easyish (maybe I could actually make it! lol)

    xx Carly | thecarlycollective.com

    • Thanks Carly! And it *is* super easy! I have faith you can do it 😀 If I can make it, anyone can!

    • Lindsey

    This looks absolutely delicious. I am always looking for restaurant style recipes to try at home. Plan on cooking this one up soon!

    • Thanks, Lindsey! If you make it, I hope it turns out excellent 😀

    • Cait Weingartner

    This dish looks incredibly good! I bet the orange/ginger flavor is amazing with the chicken. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try this out.

    • Thanks, Cait! The orange flavor really pops in this dish 😀

    • Ashleigh

    Cooking Asian inspired dishes has never been a strong suit of mine but I think I might have to give this recipe a try. It looks so good, thank you for sharing!!

    • I know exactly what you mean, Ashleigh! Thankfully this one seems to be on the easier side 😀

    • katie Gibbons

    This looks delicious! I am a college student and always looking for new recipes – I will definitely be trying this 🙂

    • Stephanie A Bills

    This looks so yummy!! I will have to add this to my list of recipes to try ASAP!

    • Brittany Giles

    looks tasty, definitely considering this as dinner! Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Irene Kot

    Oh my God! What a yummy blog. I am going to cook something right away! So delicious and simple recipes. How do you manage to find time for all these masterpieces? 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Irene! And I usually only cook a few times a week – leftovers for days, though!

    • Thanks, Barb! If you make it, I hope they like it! 😀

    • Tine

    I picked out the perfect day to look up your blog! I had some fried rice and wanted to make something with chicken tonight but couldn’t decide what as I didn’t want to go for the same old boring ‘sweet and sour chicken’, now I have something way better, thanks!

    • Perfect timing indeed! 😀 If you made it, I hope it turned out great!

    • Kristen

    This looks so yummy! I have to try this recipe! I just bought a bunch of chicken that currently sits in my freezer! This recipe would be fantastic for said chicken! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks, Kristen! If you make it, I hope you like it as much as we did! 😀

    • Paola

    This recipe looks delish… I tried to replicate another version of the orange chicken but was a total #fail… I will try again with your recipe!

    • Thanks, Paola! I’m not a master in the kitchen (yet) so if I can make this work, I honestly think anyone can 😀