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vegan orange chicken

Vegan Orange Chicken (Tofu)

  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Fried tofu in sweet and sour homemade orange sauce. I’m sure this dish can turn anyone who hates tofu into a tofu lover!




  • 1/2 cup of neutral oil (I used canola)
  • 1 package of tofu (16 oz / 454 g)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/41/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1/31/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons crushed ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


  1. Press and pat dry the tofu. No need to press if you use Trader Joe’s High Protein Tofu. Break the tofu into small 1-inch nuggets. The rough edges allow the dough to stay and become crisper.
  2. Add the flour, cornstarch, salt, and garlic powder to a mixing bowl. Mix well. Add water and whisk until batter forms. You want it to be a little runny but not too thick.
  3. Add chunks of tofu to the batter and coat evenly.
  4. Turn a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Once the oil is hot, add the tofu pieces one by one. Fry for 5-6 minutes on each side or until golden brown. When ready, place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  5. Add all the sauce ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Add the sauce to a skillet over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes while stirring. If you use the same skillet you used for frying, be sure to get the oil out first.
  6. Once the sauce has thickened and simmered for at least 5 minutes, add the crispy tofu. Mix into sauce until all pieces are evenly coated.
  7. Serve over steamed white or brown rice and enjoy!


* See above for oil-free options

* For a chicken-like texture, freeze and thaw the tofu before cooking

* Can be made gluten-free with GF all-purpose flour

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked / Fried
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Keywords: vegan, plant-based, vegan comfort food, vegan chinese food, vegan orange chicken