I completely relate to people’s love of Chinese takeout. When I was growing up it was a total treat when my family got it. My husband, on the other hand, had it virtually every Sunday night when he was a kid. For busy parents, Chinese takeout is a no brainer_ fast, flavorful, and super convenient. However, I shudder when I think of some of the ingredients used to make my childhood favorites, first among them, Orange Chicken.

You probably don’t need me to get into things like monosodium glutamate and other reasons why most Chinese takeout isn’t such a great choice for dinner. Instead, I’ll give you reasons you should try making your favorite Chinese dishes at home, with fresh ingredients that you know (and can pronounce). I bet you already have a lot of them in your kitchen.

For starters, check out my takeout style Orange Chicken in today’s video. I think your whole family will love it, and you won’t have to give up any of the taste or convenience of the takeout you’re all used to. This one is just a heck of a lot healthier!

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Ok, I never saw on the original recipe post….has anyone frozen this and had it work? Maybe just freezing the sauce after its made and adding it to chicken and veggies when you want it? Looking for freezer meals for after baby #3 is here!

  2. I think freezing the sauce would be your best bet! I haven’t tried freezing this a completed meal, but sauces freeze easily!

  3. i am going to try this recipe for dinner tonight. i have never bought fresh ginger before, but i did today. i am a little confused on how to shred it. do i peel it and then use a cheese grater??

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