Lightened Up Orange Peel Chicken

At my bridal shower last year, my bridesmaids put together a recipe book for me. What was so sweet about it was not the fact that it was just random recipes, but they were favorite recipes from my family and friends.  It’s such a cute book filled with so many great recipes! It was by far my favorite gift that I received at my shower!

Now that I have this blog, I have decided that I really want to try the recipes in this book so I have made it my goal to make at least one recipe from each person that contributed one into the book! Today, I give you P.F. Chang’s Style Orange Peel Chicken from my good friend, Lisa! This recipe was very appealing to me because I love P.F. Chang’s, but because I live in a small college town, there aren’t any around here!! I have made this recipe a couple of times and really enjoyed it so I wanted to make it again, but this time, lighten it up a bit. As is the story with most breaded chicken, the original recipe calls for frying the chicken up in a pan with oil.  I decided to lighten this dish up a bit by using a panko bread crumb and whole wheat flour mixture instead of white flour. And instead of frying the chicken in oil, I baked mine in the oven. Yay for no grease!! This orange peel chicken was so tasty and if you ask me, way better than take out!! Serve it with some steamed rice, quinoa, or more veggies!

Lightened Up Orange Peel Chicken

Serves 2-3



– 4 chicken breasts, cleaned and trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces

– 1 cup panko bread crumbs

– 1 cup whole wheat flour

– 1 egg

– 1 cup milk

– Peel from 1/4 of a large orange, julienned into 1/8-inch strips

– 1 cup sugar snap peas


– 1 tbs. vegetable oil

– 2 tbs. garlic, minced

– 4 green onions, sliced

– 1 cup tomato sauce

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/4 cup granulated sugar

– 1 1/2-2 tbs. oriental chili-garlic sauce

– 1 tbs. soy sauce


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine panko and flour together in a pie dish or bowl. Whisk together milk and eggs. Spray a wire rack with non-stick cooking spray and place the rack into a baking sheet. Dip chicken pieces into milk and egg mixture and then into the flour and bread crumb mixture. Place chicken onto wire rack. Once all your chicken pieces are breaded. Spray them with more cooking spray and bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes. Gently turn the chicken over, spray with more spray and cook for another 5 minutes. Set cooked chicken aside.

2. Heat vegetable oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and green onion. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, water, sugar, chili garlic sauce, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Simmer sauce for 5-6 minutes or until sauce thickens.

3. Heat a large pan or wok on medium high heat, add chicken and orange peel. Heat for 30 seconds, stirring gently. Add the sugar snap peas and the sauce to the pan. Gently toss chicken (you don’t want to knock off the breading) into the sauce and cook for 2 minutes. Serve with rice or additional veggies!



  1. Oh, this looks amazing! I love that you lightened it up and that was SO Nice of everyone to contribute recipes for your cookbook!

  2. Looks delicious! I love new ways to cook chicken!

    And that cookbook’s gotta be amazing- I always say people’s tried and true recipes beat the best cookbooks in the stores! (Maybe that’s why I love food blogs. Hmm.)

  3. That’s such a cute gift idea! I love it. This chicken sounds delish too.

  4. I love p.f. chang’s version of this dish. I love the lightened up version!

  5. What a thoughtful gift, especially for a foodie. That chicken sound wonderful. I cannot wait to see what else you make from that collection of recipes.

  6. Oh yum! This sounds really delicious – and I love the recipe book idea for a gift! Too cute!

  7. This is a recipe I will definately save in my favorite list box. Thanks for sharing, it sounds delicious!

  8. This recipe looks so good!

  9. This is a classic asian dish that I order very often when I go out, but I am aware fried is not always the best way to go when choosing, but orange chicken is so good.
    I am glad you came up with a baked version. Now that I have seen your enticing picture-I am hungry and ready to eat this. Well done.

  10. What a cool idea for your friends to do for you! Who doesn’t love P.F. Changs. We have never lived near one, but they are a treat to go to. Great job with lightening this up too!

  11. I’ve never heard of this dish, but it looks fabulous! And what a treasured shower gift! I’m going to remember that idea :)

  12. What a great bridal shower gift! So thoughtful. I love orange zest and the chili, garlic sauce sounds delightful. Great recipe!

  13. Great recipe,I love orange taste on the chicken,,,looks so tasty

  14. Looks tasty! I love orange chicken, especially the lightened up kind!

  15. What a fun gift…and a delicious looking recipe! I love orange chicken!

  16. II have had this dish at a chinese restarant in my home town. I didnt know they used the peel. See now when you have your fiends over you can cook them your favorite recipe. What a wonderful gift.

  17. Stephanie….I just love orange chicken! (especially P.F.Changs!) This looks wonderful. And what a fabulous idea to have a cookbook of your friends’ favorite recipes. Those kinds of gifts are the best to me because they always remain near and dear to your heart. I’m looking forward to seeing your future posts from that great cookbook!

  18. Awwww I love that gift idea!!! Sooo sweet :) And I love orange chicken! I do a verson at home too sometimes..and now maybe I will..hehe

  19. Interesting post! I have never tried using orange with chicken.

  20. Orange flavor chicken is my favorite, this recipe looks wonderful…
    What a perfect cookbook I must say…

  21. What a great gift!!! CanNOT wait for you to try the rest of the recipes. If they are anything like this one, I’m hooked (as if I wasn’t already)

  22. Now this is totally fantastic. I love that you have all the flavor and none of the deep fried fat. Perfect!!! You have inspired me to “oven-fry” more chicken.

  23. Those are always my favorite type of gifts! It ranks right up there with church cookbooks…

  24. Oh I love PF Chang’s, and their orange peel chicken, I shall try this! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  25. This sounds delightful :)

  26. This looks great! I love any type of orange chicken, whether it be from Panda Express or P.F Changs, so an alternative that’s more guilt-free is a welcomed change!

  27. What a sweet gift! This recipe looks great and I really like that it is lightened.

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