Homemade Orange Chicken Sauce (and How to Make 3 Different Meals with It)

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Not only you can use this orange sauce to make orange chicken or a quick stir fry, you can even make roasted vegetables with it! {gluten-free, vegan}

Homemade Orange Sauce | Gluten-Free | Vegetarian | vegan | Chinese Recipe | Sauce | Stir Fry

Do you want to whip up a healthy dinner on the table on a busy weeknight? Thinking about changing up flavors so dinner won’t be boring again?

Making stir fry sauce in advance is the perfect solution.

Over the years, I found out that mastering the few key components of stir frying is much more useful than just learning a recipe. That is – to understand the process of stir frying, how to choose and prep ingredients, and how to make a great stir fry sauce.

If you get these few tools under your belt, not only can you make your favorite takeout dish in your own kitchen that tastes even better than those in Chinese restaurants, but the whole process will become less intimidating – and the results more delicious!

Moreover, understanding the key techniques will make your meal planning and prepping more flexible, because you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, instead of hunting down an ingredient just to follow through the recipe.

Even better, I will share all the secrets of how to use stir fry sauce to create quick and healthy meals, without stir-frying!

You ready? Let’s dive in!

Homemade Orange Sauce | Gluten-Free | Vegetarian | vegan | Chinese Recipe | Sauce | Stir Fry

Today’s lesson is on how to prepare a stir fry sauce.

This is the easiest part, because all you need to do is add all the ingredients in a jar and shake to mix.

You can prepare stir fry sauce beforehand, like on the weekend, so there will be one less thing to do when you’re ready to cook in the week.

The benefit of preparing stir fry sauce in bulk is that you can use it to make several meals with totally different main ingredients. It saves you tons of time, but your everyday dinner will taste different.

Introducing homemade orange chicken sauce

Orange chicken, orange beef, orange cauliflowers… Orange is one of the most popular flavors on a Chinese restaurant menu. So, I chose to start my stir fry sauce series with it.

In China we do not have orange sauce – we call it tangerine sauce instead. Rather than using orange juice and orange zest, we use rehydrated dried aged tangerine peels to impart a distinctive zesty and citrus flavor to the dish.

If you can find dried tangerine peels in your neighborhood Asian market, definitely grab a package. They stay good forever. In fact, they get even better (and more expensive) over the years. Look for labels that have “tangerine peel”, “tangerine skin”, or “old tangerine” on the package. The color of the dried peels is not wonderful (it has a brownish color). But, it has a richer and subtle umami flavor that fresh orange zest cannot provide. It just makes the whole dish taste much better.

How to prepare dried tangerine peels

To use dried tangerine skins you need to rehydrate it first. Measure them by piling them loosely in a cup (they will expand quite a bit after soaking). Cover with hot water and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Once the peels turn soft, slice them into thin strips. Or, you can mince them if you like a more refined texture. Measure the sliced tangerine peel again. If you have extra rehydrated peels, store soaked peels in a fridge or let them air dry completely before storing them in a bag.

Don’t have an Asian market nearby? No problem. You can easily make them at home by air drying fresh tangerine peels. If you want to make this sauce today without it, you can use fresh orange zest instead. Your dish will still taste better than Panda Express.

Chinese Orange Chicken
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How to use the sauce

Simply reheat the sauce in microwave, you can add the sauce in stir fry or on roasted vegetables and protein!

(1) Recommended Protein and how to prep for stir frying

  • Beef (flank steak or short ribs) – thinly slice (1/8 to 1/4-inch thick), or cut to strips
  • Chicken (skinless boneless breast or thigh) – Diced to 1-inch pieces, or sliced to 1/4-inch thick
  • Shrimps – peeled and deveined
  • Tofu (firm or extra firm) – Diced to 1/2 to 2/3 inch pieces

For each pound of meat or seafood, mix with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or peanut oil), 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Let marinate for 5 to 10 minutes.

To create a crispy crust, restaurant-style, learn this method so you can achieve the goal without deep-frying.

For tofu, marinate with 2 tablespoons soy sauce for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and coat with a thin layer of cornstarch.

(2) Recommended vegetables and how to prep for stir frying

To make a quick dinner, my favorite way is to only use one type of vegetable. You can use two, but no more.

Recommended vegetables

  • Asparagus – Chopped to 1-inch pieces
  • Baby bok choy – Tear off large leaves and halve lengthwise, halve or quarter the rest
  • Bell peppers – Sliced or chopped
  • Broccoli (fresh) – Divide to small florets; steam or blanch (see this post to learn how to blanch the broccoli quickly in the same stir fry pan)
  • Broccoli (frozen) – Microwave for 2 to 4 minutes (depending on the quantity), so the broccoli is thawed and luke warm, but not heated up.
  • Brussels sprouts – Roasted (see this post for how to roast Brussels sprouts).
  • Cauliflower (fresh) – Divide to small florets; steam, blanch, or roast.
  • Cauliflowers (frozen) – Microwave for 2 to 4 minutes (for stir fry), or roast (see this post to learn how to crisp up frozen cauliflowers in the oven)
  • Carrot – Sliced into pieces or stripes (by using a julienne peeler); or cut to chunk and roast
  • Eggplant – sliced (see this post to learn how to prep eggplant so it crisps up during stir fry)
  • Green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • Onion – Sliced
  • Snow pea

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Roasted Orange Cauliflower
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Orange Shrimp and Asparagus
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(3) More delicious recipes by using homemade orange chicken sauce

If you give this recipe a try, leave a comment below, take a picture, and tag it @omnivorescookbook on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with! 🙂

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Homemade Orange Sauce | Gluten-Free | Vegetarian | vegan | Chinese Recipe | Sauce | Stir Fry

Homemade Orange Chicken Sauce

4.77 from 17 votes
Not only you can use this orange sauce to make orange chicken or a quick stir fry, you can even make roasted vegetables with it! {gluten-free, vegan}
Author: Maggie Zhu
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 1/2 cup


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or grapeseed oil)
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger , minced

Sauce mix

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed dried tangerine peel (or grated orange zest)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup rice vinegar (or distilled white vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce (or soy sauce, or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup Shaoxing wine (or Japanese sake, or dry sherry, or chicken stock)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • Add dried tangerine skin in a small bowl and add hot water to cover. Let soak for about 20 minutes, or until the tangerine skin softens. Drain and finely slice. Transfer 1/4 cup sliced tangerine skin into a bowl, and save the rest in a airtight container in the fridge for next time. If you do not use dried tangerine peel, grate about four fresh orange skins to make 1/2 cup orange zest.
  • Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and the rehydrated tangerine skin to a big bowl. Stir until the cornstarch is fully combined.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan until warm. Add garlic and minced ginger. Cook and stir until you smell a strong fragrance.
  • Stir to mix the sauce again to completely dissolve the cornstarch. Pour into the pan. Cook and stir until the sauce thickens, just enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Transfer the sauce into a bowl immediately, so it won’t continue to cook in residual heat.
  • Transfer the sauce in a airtight jar or container once cooled down. Store in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for 2 to 3 month.


  • Microwave sauce (1/3 cup to 1/2 cup) by 30 seconds increments. Then stir it and continue to heat until the sauce just turns hot without bubbling.
  • If you heat the sauce on stovetop, always use low heat and stir the sauce frequently to prevent scorching.
  • If you freeze the sauce, some of the liquid might separate and the thawed sauce looks like jelly. Simply stir to mix the sauce together and reheat in microwave or on the stove. You can restore the sauce to the previous consistency.


Serving: 2tablespoons, Calories: 83kcal, Carbohydrates: 17.6g, Protein: 0.8g, Fat: 1.1g, Cholesterol: 0.7mg, Sodium: 70mg, Fiber: 1.1g, Sugar: 12.3g
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  1. Stuart says:

    5 stars
    OH Boy!!! You can bet I’m gonna be all over this. For years my Asian girlfriend has been bringing home dried tangerine peels, handing them to me, to which I ask, “What am I supposed to do with these? (I’m the cook)” She explains that many dishes call for them. I’ve never seen one til now and when she’s not looking and forgets I toss them out. I’ll hafta find some and give this a try. I’m always wondering what sauce to experiment with what veg. Now I’ve got a reference for a solid starting place and my poor stomach won’t so often hear her say, “Oh well, we’ll eat it anyway.”


    • Maggie says:

      Hi Stuart, I’m so happy to hear you’re excited about the stir fry sauce as much as I am! Re dried tangerine peels, we actually use it in many dishes, such as stir fries, braised food, and stew. You can find the tangerine peels in Asian grocery store. Or simple peel the fresh tangerine and air dry the peel. They will stay good forever, so definitely save them until you find the next recipe to try 😉
      Happy cooking and let me know how the dish turns out!

  2. RossC says:

    I learned long ago that the sauce is the key to authentic and delicious stir fry… I am truly interested in gathering your sauce recipes… Thank you… :O)

    • Maggie says:

      You’re the most welcome Ross! I will post more sauce recipes soon and hopefully you can find one you like to cook in your own kitchen 🙂
      You’ll find out the homemade stir fried dishes truly taste better, and they are not as difficult to make as you thought.
      Happy Holiday!

  3. Bonnie Wideman says:

    I am really happy you’re focusing on stir fry sauces. I’ve been thrilled with many of your recipes, but to have good, basic stir fry sauce recipes would aid my cooking greatly. Thank you! I’ll be doing the orange cauliflower for my vegan son when he comes for Christmas.

    • Maggie says:

      Thank you for leaving a comment and let me know that you like the stir fry sauce idea Bonnie!
      Happy cooking and hope your son will love the orange cauliflower. Let me know how the cooking turns out 🙂
      Happy Holiday!

    • Sherri Bailor says:

      I use home made marmalade

  4. Stuart says:

    5 stars
    Made this sauce yesterday: terrific! With a chicken defrosted on the counter we had your orange chicken for dinner: fantastic outcome and indeed better then the neighborhood take-out. With a side of stir-fried brussel sprouts and rice we had happy dinner campers all the way around. And yes, no huge amount of oil to deal with: a great bonus.

    Can’t wait for more sauce tips & tricks.

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Stuart, I’m happy to hear you tried this recipe and liked it! We love serving it with brussel sprouts too (just had them today) 🙂
      I’ll be posting more sauce recipes in the coming weeks, so stay tuned 😉 Happy Holiday!

  5. movielady says:

    5 stars
    Maggie, this sauce was *marvelous*! I dried the peels from the mandarin oranges that’re in season right now (I always eat them this time of year like they’re going out of style) and used them when I made it. Dinner tonight was so quick to make since the sauce was already done!

    I’m looking forward to the rest of the sauce series. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    • Maggie says:

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the sauce! It’s so fast and quick when you use premade sauce isn’t it?
      Happy cooking and hope you have a delicious new year 🙂

      • movielady says:

        FYI, this doesn’t actually need cooked before storing it in the fridge. I just shake up the jar and use the amount I need for the recipe (usually your orange chicken, yum!) and put the rest back. Of course, it tends not to last long in the fridge because I use it up pretty quickly, but still. 🙂

      • Allie says:

        5 stars
        Had two lonely oranges that needed to go, and this sauce was perfect. I only used half of it, so the rest will go in the freezer for next time. It was such a pleasure to watch everyone’s eyes light up when this went on the table. Thank you!

  6. Chris Lipinski says:

    5 stars
    Awesome sauce, awesome dish (I tried the orange chicken dish). Thanks so much for posting all your knowledge here and making it so easy to access with clear directions and descriptions! Cooking from Beijing so it’s easy to find everything needed.


  7. Kay Sheh says:

    How long will this keep in the fridge?

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Kay, I had stored the sauce in the fridge for about 2 weeks without problems. But if you plan to keep it longer, I would recommend to store it in the freezer. I’ve experimented with it and it doesn’t affect too much for the sauce texture. The sauce might separate a bit, but it will restore if you stir and reheat it.

  8. Don says:

    Where in the hell is the orange sauce recipe ???????

    • Maggie says:

      On the bottom of the post.

  9. Amy says:

    I just made this sauce (with your orange chicken recipe) tonight with fresh orange zest (since i did not have tangerine peel). I used 1/2 cup, as directed. It turned out VERY potent…. almost too potent to consume! Any tips?? I love love love your website and have had HUGE success and delight in everything 🙂 so this came as a surprise. Any help or response would be appreciated. Thanks!!

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Amy, I’m sorry to hear the dish did not turn out as well as you expected. May I ask what type of orange did you use? Did you use the big orange or the small mandarin orange?
      When I cook the sauce with fresh orange, I always use the big one (the type you make orange juice from). I also grate them into a bowl that is not super packed, because if you use your hand to press the zest, 1/2 cup will hold way too much zest.
      I have not tried it with fresh tangerine orange zest yet. But if that is the case, I’d like to test the recipe again using the tangerine orange and find out what causes the problem.

  10. Emily says:

    4 stars
    It came out tasty but too much soy sauce for me. Next time I’ll try a teaspoon. It’s a keeper though. Thank you for sharing!

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Emily, I’m glad to hear you tried out my recipe! Yes, you can definitely reduce the soy sauce if you prefer a fruitier sauce.
      Hope you have a great weekend and happy cooking! 🙂

  11. Angel says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I used some substitutions, and it still came out SOOO delicious!
    My substitutions: coconut aminos instead of soy sauce (I can’t have soy)
    garlic powder for fresh garlic
    ginger juice for fresh ginger
    chicken stock for the wine
    white vinegar for the rice vinegar
    And I used fresh orange zest instead of the tangerine peels.
    Thank you for posting this great recipe! 🙂

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Angel, thanks so much for trying out the recipe and I’m glad to hear your dish turns out well! It’s great to know about using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. Quite a few readers asked about it before and I’m glad that I have the answer now 🙂

  12. Texas Gal says:

    5 stars
    Made this for the first time. Followed the recipe exactly. Most Excellent! Great flavor, and good texture. Will definitely make it again, with more ginger per my preference.

    • Maggie says:

      So happy to hear you like the sauce! Yes, I believe more ginger will add great flavor 🙂

  13. Jess says:

    This was a great recipe! I did cut the sugar to 1/4 cup because I bought dried orange peel that had sugar on it (they were out of the plain dried peel) and we are not big fans of sweet stuff, it was perfect. My boyfriend was a big fan, I used your orange chicken recipe as well. This is definitely going in the rotation. Thanks!

  14. Barbara says:

    5 stars
    Super delicious! We don’t have orange/mandarine sauce chicken in Chinese take away in Belgium, so it was the first time for me and it’s really good, thank you!

    • Herson says:

      5 stars
      This is one of those recipes that I have followed to a tee AND TURNED OUT REALLY GREAT. You are marvelous. I can’t thank you enough. I’m lucky living in an area where I was able to get all the ingredients. Shaoxing and tangerine peels make an awful lot of difference.

  15. Rhonda says:

    I just finished making the Orange sauce (2nd time).

    Made a huge mistake the first round (my fault for not paying close attention!) I actually added the stir fry ingredients to the sauce! I don’t usually make dumb mistakes like that 🙂

    But, the second round turned out fantastic.
    I used the juice of Tangarines in place of Orange juice and strained it to remove pulp and seeds. I pulverized two additional tangerine peels until it was a fine dust and added that as well. What a fantastic, flavor kick that gave it!

    Can’t wait to make this for hubby tonight. He has been looking forward to me making this.

    As a side note, I had to order the Shaoxing wine as I could not find it locally. Didn’t want to substitute and the fake stuff on Amazon is loaded with sodium.

  16. Diane says:

    I will never buy store made sauce again after making this recipe

    • Thomas says:

      Happy to hear that you’ve been converted, Diane 🙂 It’s always great to be able to make a tastier sauce on your own terms.

  17. Cassie says:

    If we are using fresh orange zest are we using the full 1/2 cup in the sauce, or only 1/4 cup? Thanks!

  18. Elliott Light says:

    I made a small sample of this sauce using the portions set forth in th3 orange beef recipe. Years ago, I made an orange sauce using ground dried tangerine peel. I couldn’t find the peel locally so I dried my own orange peel and ground it to a course powder. I used 1 TBS of the powder instead of zest. The result was tasty but a bit bitter. Would store bought tangerine peel be a better choice? Should I use less of the ground peel?


    • Maggie says:

      Hi Elliott, I think you can try using less dried orange powder next time since it’s very potent. I would use 1 teaspoon or no more than 1/2 tablespoon. Store bought tangerine peel usually works well without tasting bitter. I think probably they are aged for a longer period.

  19. Michael V says:

    5 stars
    This is, without any shadow of a doubt, the most wonderfully complex and tasty sauce ever. Thank you.

    I have made the sauce several times in the last two years, and it remains on the top of my wife’s request list for dinner party meals.

    Because tangerines are never sold here and I live about 250 km from the nearest comprehensive Asian grocery, I substituted fresh Mandarin peel. I have now dried and aged some Mandarin peel and use that. Oh, and I add one Malaquetina chilli for a tiny bit of extra background zing. (I love chillis, and that’s the variety I grow here.)

    Thank you very much again for sharing this delicious and extraordinarily special sauce recipe.

  20. nunu says:

    Maggie-You talk about how we should soak 1/2 a cup of tangerine peel and then use 1/4 cup and put the rest of the peel away for next time. If I don’t want to put any away for next time, how much should I start with to yield 1/4 cup?

    • Maggie says:

      It’s hard to give an exact amount since they are a bit hard to measure out and the shape changes after rehydration. To minimize waste, I think you can simply start with 1/4 cup dried tangerine peel (loosely packed). Then you’ll get about 1/4 cup after rehydration.

  21. Dave Nichols says:

    Why are the oil, garlic, and ginger listed last if they aren’t actually used until last when the garlic and ginger are to her heated in the oil? For those of us who aren’t good cooks and often in a hurry, listing them last would be helpful and for good cooks or those with plenty of time, it shouldn’t matter. BTW my sauce with lime zest, too much ginger, and shiraz for the wine, came out fine! Can’t wait to try to with some chicken, etc. Thanks.

  22. SARAH says:

    5 stars
    That’s what I was looking for. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  23. Justin M Kimball says:

    Hey Maggie,
    So I just made it (orange version, well clementine with some minor adjustment). I have half in a jar and another half for the freezer. Should I freeze some in teaspoon size in an ice cube tray? How much sauce do I use for a serving of say four? Is it like 1/4 cup or something? I am not sure I can use this up in two weeks if it is, say a tablespoon per serving of 4. Any advise on how to ration this out would be helpful.
    I am really looking forward to having some of this on hand. I really hope the kids dig this, if they don’t screw ’em.

    • Maggie says:

      Hi Justin, I would use 1/4 cup sauce for four if I just need enough sauce to coat the ingredients, and I would use 1/3 cup for four if you prefer more sauce.
      I think the easiest way to freeze is to measure out the portion (say 1/3 cup), then put in a ziplock bag, press out air and seal. I think it’s easier to store and thaw (you can throw the bag into a big bowl of water and it will thaw in 15 minutes). Hope this helps and let me know if you have more questions 🙂

  24. Tess says:

    4 stars
    This is the first time I’ve come across such an AMAZING sounding recipe! I’m so enthusiastic about trying this. It looks FABULOUS! THANK you!🤗
    Love the simplicity of the ORANGE SAUCE! No need for marmalade! Awesome.

  25. Susan says:

    4 stars
    I’ve been looking for an orange sauce recipe for quite some time and am really glad I found yours. The idea of focusing on the sauce and figuring out the mains later is terrific. No easily -accessible dried tangerine peel at my nearest Asian grocery but my handy-dandy dehydrator and I took care of that. It was simple and really tasty. The spousal unit just kept coming back for more! We had it with chicken and cauliflower, with sweet potatoes on the side, because I love the combo of sweet potatoes and orange. We will definitely be using this sauce frequently. Just getting ready to send the link to the kids so they can enjoy as well. Thanks!

  26. kymber0524 says:

    Hello, Maggie and thank you so much for this sauce recipe! I probably need to tweak my ratios some as I used 1/2 cup loosely packed dehydrated organic orange peel bits found in the spice aisle of my grocery store. Like other spice ratios to fresh/homemade, I think that may be stronger or more than intended here. The next batch I think I’ll try 1/4 cup. I made my batch, shaking all listed ingredients in a mason jar, but had to leave them in the refrigerator a day or 2 before I could get back to them and get it on the stove. That did not seem to present any problems and may even have helped the flavors combine. I was amazed at how quickly the sauce thickened over heat.…beautiful! :]

  27. Sharon says:

    4 stars
    I thought there was too much rice vinegar in the recipe. I liked your recipe and followed it (couldn’t get the dried tangerine peel, though) and the taste of the vinegar was so strong and so acidic that I had to dilute the sauce with A LOT of water. I will make this recipe again, but I will cut the vinegar by 1/3 and gradually add more if needed.

  28. Beth Wiggans says:

    This recipe looks delicious. Instead of rehydrating dried tangerine peel could you use fresh tangerine peels.

  29. Tatiana says:

    Hello, Maggie!
    Tremendously enjoy your recipes and your directions make so much sense. Thank you for keeping all your posts right to the point.
    I have already tried many of your recipes – pho in different versions, stir fries, oyster sauce (my favorite!), many of the chicken recipes and, once again, wanted to tell you that love them all.
    Last time I cooked the orange chicken and found out, that the chicken cooked (prior mixing with sauces) looked exactly as store bought version of cook-at-home orange chicken (Trader Joe’s version). I think next time, I’ll cook ahead of time and freeze it for a quick meal later!
    But about the sauces for Sweet and Sour Chicken and Orange Chicken I have a question. I have found those sauces more tangy, than I like; moreover, when I made a batch for 5 lb of orange chicken, the taste of the sauce disappointed me. I have used freshly grated orange zest and the taste of the oranges was too strong. (I think I might messed it up somehow, as I know the math is not “X times everything”, when cooking for bigger batch)…
    Would love to get your insight on my issue.
    And, if you are planning on printing the book, I would love to buy it!
    Please, make your recipes into physical book (not e-book)!
    Thank you

  30. shankar says:

    5 stars
    So scrumptious bless your heart! In any case – it was my first time searing chicken, and it didn’t truly come out firm, any thought where I may have turned out badly? I seared each piece for about 2.5mins per side in veggie oil

  31. Molly McDonald says:

    Hi! We love orange chicken and I’m looking forward to trying this soon. Can I use Mirin wine instead? I’m having a hard time finding Shaoxing wine.

    • Maggie Zhu says:

      You can use mirin but the dish might turn out a bit sweeter since mirin is quite sweet.

  32. Alice Bennett says:

    Can you use dry ginger???

    • Maggie Zhu says:

      It’s possible to use dried ginger powder, but the fresh ones add a lot more flavor.

  33. Teresa says:

    5 stars
    I am so happy to have found your recipe! I needed to make some sauce for orange chicken and I improvised because I am without a vehicle at the moment and needed to use what I had on hand. My husband raved that it was “restaurant quality” so I’m pretty happy about it and can only imagine how fantastic it would have been had I all the specific ingredients the recipe called for!
    I used all ingredients as listed except – I used zest from one regular medium/large orange (didn’t make the 1/2 C but the amount was perfect, the end product was perfectly orange for us). I didn’t have soy sauce but I did have a teriyaki marinade with soy sauce as the 3rd ingredient, so I used two TB of this instead of soy sauce and I reduced the rice vinegar to 1/4 cup. I also used garlic powder (about 1 1/2 tsp) and 2 tsp ground ginger. I probably could have gone a little heavier on the garlic and ginger, but I could taste it in the sauce and it wasn’t overpowering. Consistency was perfect and the end product was sweet but not overly sweet, it was perfect with the chicken I made and it felt like I was eating takeout! I wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe and also let folks know they can be a little creative in a pinch with this recipe and still end up with a great sauce!

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