Many years ago Loraine and I lived in Port Charlotte, FL. We found a small, independent, Chinese takeout that made some of the best Chinese food we have ever had. One of the items that we craved was their orange chicken.
We were never able to find any restaurant in any other city that made orange chicken that tasted the way the orange chicken tasted from the restaurant in Port Charlotte. So, we had no choice but to try and recreate it ourselves. Taking numerous recipes for orange chicken from the web, trying them individually, then we merged some of them, tweaked them, removed seasoning and added seasoning until we came up with what we consider to be the ultimate Chinese orange chicken recipe. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
For the Chicken:
For the Sauce:
- Mix Together:
Note: We buy the Lorann Gourmet Orange Oil from Michaels and we find it has truly intensified the overall orange flavour and is the primary key to the success of the dish. It is very highly concentrated. If you use a different brand orange oil you may need to add more.