Easy Orange Sauce Recipe

Need a simple little sauce that you can put on chicken, in stir fry, or in any dish that needs a citrus twist? This Easy Orange Sauce recipe really is easy and so delicious!

Need a simple little sauce that you can put on chicken, in stir fry, or in any dish that needs a citrus twist? This Easy Orange Sauce recipe really is easy and so delicious!

Easy Orange Sauce Recipe

This is another recipe that we make often and I recently posted on my weekly meal plan. 🙂 I once again had many requests for the recipe so I’m getting this out there for you today!

I’m starting to feel like I’ve gotten quite behind on posting the recipes we are making lately…oh well, I will do my best to catch up!

This simple recipe uses common ingredients and can be made quickly to put with a meal. We like to use it to flavor Orange Chicken and other stir-fry vegetables. It’s definitely not as sweet as the orange sauce that you might be used to getting from a restaurant, but we think it tastes fresh and delicious.

When we have this over fried chicken we also serve it with some kind of stir-fried veggies and rice or even just over riced broccoli for a super simple meal!

This recipe cooks down to a little over a cup so if you want leftovers or if you are cooking for a large family, you will want to double it.

Easy Homemade Orange Sauce Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Orange Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar or Rice Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey (or slightly more depending the sweetness level you want it to be)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch + Water

In a small saucepan on the stovetop put a little olive oil and gently fry the garlic until fragrant.

Add in the orange juice, vinegar, honey, and salt. Heat the mixture together until it boils and then lower the temp to a simmer.

Let the mixture simmer for a little bit until it begins to thicken. Whisk the mixture together occasionally so it doesn’t boil over. While the mixture is still bubbling, stir together a small amount of your chosen starch and water and then slowly add it into the orange sauce while stirring it.

Orange Chicken

Stir the mixture well and let it simmer for another minute to get it to a thickened consistency before removing it from heat. Serve as a glaze over your choice of meat or veggies immediately.

Leftovers will last in the fridge up to 5 days.

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Easy Orange Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Orange Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey or slightly more depending on your tastes
  • 3 cloves Garlic chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch + Water

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan on the stovetop put a little olive oil and gently fry the garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add in the orange juice, vinegar, honey, and salt. Heat the mixture together until it boils and then lower the temp to a simmer.

  3. Let the mixture simmer for a little bit until it begins to thicken. While the mixture is still bubbling, stir together a small amount of your chosen starch and water and then slowly add it into the orange sauce while stirring it.
  4. Stir the mixture well and let it simmer for another minute to thicken up before removing it from heat. Serve over your choice of meat or veggies immediately.
  5. Leftovers will last in the fridge up to 5 days.

I have also made this recipe using orange juice concentrate if I don’t have any fresh orange juice on hand. You will want to reduce the amount of concentrate added and also add in a bit of water so it’s not so powerful. You may also want to reduce the amount of sweetener added.

For an extra kick of flavor and spice, add a bit of powdered ginger to the sauce for an “orange ginger” sauce.

Looking for even more yummy sauces to make? Here are some others that I’ve posted recipes for:

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This Orange Sauce Recipe was originally posted on Little House Living in September 2021. It has been updated as of August 2022.

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12 Comments

  1. Hello!
    Thanks for yummy recipe! Have you tried canning this recipe before? I’m just wondering if I can make a big batch and water bathe it.

  2. I am going to try this tonight. Your ingredients call for honey, but the directions say maple syrup.
    Which is correct?
    Thanks, Jo from Oregon

  3. 5 stars
    I’m not one for reading blogs or using anything from a blog, but yours is wonderful. Yesterday I made the biscuits and I cut it down to make only 6 at a time and they are wonderful. I put the remainder in mason jars to have ready to make more batches when ready. Now I’m going to make your orange sauce.
    Thank you
    Carol Roe

  4. 5 stars
    Made this using up veggies from the garden (cabbage, onion, carrots and peppers) with leftover roasted chicken. The sauce was amazing and not cloying or too sweet. This is a keeper recipe!

  5. Hi, I Would Like to have some more recipies for different sauces. I would appriciate if u can print more sauce receipies for me . Thks Ramesh.Chandwani.

  6. I cannot wait to try this recipe! I often make stir fry to use up leftover veggies in the fridge. I have tried other recipes you posted, and am never disappointed. I’m going to share this one with my pastors’ sheparding group. Thanks, many blessings!