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Orange chicken (simplified Chinese: 陈皮鸡; traditional Chinese: 陳皮雞; Mandarin Pinyin: chénpí jī; Wade–Giles: ch'en²-p'i³-chi¹; Jyutping: gan4 pei4 kai1) is an American Chinese dish of Hunan origin. The variety of orange chicken most commonly found at North American fast food restaurants consists of chopped, battered, and fried chicken pieces coated in a sweet orange-flavored chili sauce, which thickens or caramelizes to a glaze. While the dish is very popular in the United States, it is most often found as a variation of General Tso's chicken rather than the dish found in mainland China.
In most countries in the western hemisphere, the names "orange chicken", "orange peel chicken", "orange flavor chicken", and "tangerine chicken" are typically used for this particular dish. In Chinese, however, the dish is always known as "陳皮雞", literally "old peel chicken", referring to dried orange or tangerine peel, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as cooking. For restaurants outside of Asia, fresh orange peel is often used instead, or even no peel at all.
- General Tso's chicken
- Sweet and sour chicken
- Lemon chicken
- Kung Pao chicken
- White cut chicken
- Crispy fried chicken
- Lo, Eileen Yin-Fei (1999). "Poultry and Other Fowl". The Chinese Kitchen. calligraphy by San Yan Wong (1st Edition ed.). New York, New York: William Morrow and Company. p. 314. ISBN 0-688-15826-9. "ORANGE CHICKEN Chun Pei Gai Pan Traditionally this Hunan recipe contained what is called chun pei, or ‘old skin,’ to describe the dried citrus peel used in its preparation."