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Orange Chicken Day

Celebrate Orange Chicken Day with a delicious homemade dish - the perfect combination of sweet and savory!
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July 15
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It's time to get ready for Orange Chicken Day on July 15th! This delicious dish has been around since the late 1800s, when it was first created in Chinese restaurants. It is now a popular dish all over the world, with many variations from its original recipe. It is usually made with chicken chunks that are marinated, battered and deep-fried, tossed in a sweet and tangy orange sauce. So why not celebrate this day with your friends and family by cooking up some tasty orange chicken?

History of Orange Chicken Day

Orange Chicken Day Dates

Orange Chicken Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Emergence of Orange Chicken</div><div class='timeline-text'>Originating from the late 1800s in Chinese restaurants, orange chicken becomes a favored dish known for its sweet and savory flavor.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction to America</div><div class='timeline-text'>Orange chicken is introduced to America, gaining popularity particularly in Chinese-American communities during the early-mid 20th century.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1987</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Panda Express Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>The fast food chain Panda Express is launched in the U.S. and soon after, orange chicken is added to the menu, increasing its popularity in the fast food industry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mainstream Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>By the mid-90s, orange chicken becomes a mainstream dish due to its inclusion in popular Chinese-American fast food menus across the country.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>New Variations</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the new millennium, creative variations of orange chicken including grilled and baked variations start to appear, attracting a new wave of fans.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Orange Chicken Day Initiation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Day Calendar declares July 15 to be National Orange Chicken Day, celebrated annually to honor this popular dish.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Orange Chicken Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own orange chicken</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Using chicken, orange juice, orange marmalade, garlic, and ginger you can make your own orange chicken.  Mix the ingredients together and coat the chicken in the mixture before baking or frying.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Order orange chicken online</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many restaurants will offer online ordering for orange chicken, so you can get it delivered right to your door. Look for local restaurants that offer delivery or order from national chains like Panda Express.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try a different twist on orange chicken</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>You don't have to stick to traditional recipes for orange chicken. Try a different twist by adding other ingredients like pineapple or bell pepper. Or take a fusion approach by adding some Mexican flavors like cilantro and jalapenos.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit an Asian restaurant</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look up some Asian restaurants near you and try out their version of orange chicken. You may be surprised at the variety of flavors and spices they use to prepare the dish.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an orange chicken party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for an orange chicken party! Have everyone bring their favorite side dishes, drinks, and desserts and enjoy a night of celebrating Orange Chicken Day.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Orange Chicken Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Orange chicken is delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>It's hard to deny that orange chicken is a deliciously flavorful dish. The savory and sweet combination of the orange sauce, fried chicken and crunchy vegetables is simply irresistible! Plus, it's quick and easy to make - perfect for busy weeknights.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Orange chicken can be enjoyed in many different ways</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you enjoy it as part of a meal or as an appetizer, orange chicken lends itself to all sorts of creative recipes. You can use it to stuff tacos, make rice bowls, top salads or even dip fresh veggies into the orangey goodness!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Orange chicken is a great way to use up extra ingredients</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Do you have some leftover cooked chicken or chops in your fridge? Not sure what to do with them? Make orange chicken! All you need are some pantry staples like soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger and you'll have a tasty meal on the table in no time!</p></div></div>

5 Zesty Facts for Orange Chicken Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Orange Chicken Represents Fusion Cuisine</h3><p class='facts-text'>Orange chicken, while popular in Chinese-American cuisine, is a wonderful example of cultural fusion. Its flavors blend traditional Chinese ingredients like soy sauce and ginger with the Western love for sweet and tangy dishes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>It's Panda Express's Most Popular Dish</h3><p class='facts-text'>According to the popular American Chinese food chain Panda Express, Orange chicken is their best-selling item with up to 80 million pounds sold each year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Versatility of Orange Sauce</h3><p class='facts-text'>The sauce used for orange chicken is quite versatile. While it's commonly spread over fried chicken, it can also be used for stir fry, marinades, or as a dipping sauce for other dishes.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Not Traditionally Found in China</h3><p class='facts-text'>Despite its popularity in Chinese-American cuisine, Orange chicken as we know it doesn't exist in traditional Chinese cuisine. It's an example of dishes that are adapted and evolved to local tastes when introduced in new countries.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Orange Chicken is High in Vitamin C</h3><p class='facts-text'>The orange zest and juice used in the sauce making of the Orange Chicken provide a good source of Vitamin C, known for boosting immune system health.</p></div></div>

Orange Chicken Day FAQs

When is Orange Chicken Day?

Orange Chicken Day is celebrated on July 15th every year. In 2024 Orange Chicken Day will occur on a Monday.

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