Sichuan Orange Chicken With Red Chiles

Orange Chicken
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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
498 Calories
30g Fat
20g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 498
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1227mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 34g
Calcium 59mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chicken and chile dish is a standard in western China, where the flavors of poultry and citrus are often combined. Dried orange peel is available in Asian markets. Any small, dried red chiles may be used in this recipe. Serve it over steamed rice or rice pilaf.

Recipe courtesy of Dave DeWitt for Fiery Foods


  • For the Marinade:
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth or white wine
  • 1/2 pound boneless chicken breast (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1 green onion (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth or white wine
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot bean sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried orange peel (soaked in hot water for 1/2 hour and shredded)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (or honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • For the Stir Fry:
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 6 small dried hot red chiles (such as Japones or de Arbol)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a bowl, stir well, and add the chicken. Let sit for 30 minutes.

  2. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl, stir well, and set aside.

  3. Heat the wok over high heat. Add the peanut oil and when it just begins to smoke.

  4. Add the chiles and marinated chicken—Stir-Fry for about 1 minute.

  5. Add the sauce and stir-fry for an additional 30 seconds.

  6. Remove the chiles before serving.