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Vegan Orange Chicken with Tofu Recipe

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This vegan orange chicken with tofu recipe is a great plant-based alternative to orange chicken! A hearty and easy high protein vegan dinner.  This tofu is fantastic to serve with vegetable stir fry and some freshly steamed sticky rice.

This vegan orange chicken tofu recipe has a bright and flavorful sauce made with orange juice and spices. A tasty and simple dinner to make on busy weeknights.

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We absolutely love this easy orange tofu recipe – it’s bright, flavorful, and SO good with your favorite sauteed veggies. Orange chicken used to be a favorite of mine growing up – but I had to find a way to make it plant-based and taste amazing! This recipe has it all: hearty tofu cubes, fresh veggies, and a homemade orange sauce made with simple ingredients.

For a delicious & flavorful sauce, I used liquid aminos instead of soy sauce. Liquid aminos have a similar flavor to soy sauce. We always keep a few bottles of this in our pantry!  It gives a great umami flavor to the orange tofu. 

This Vegan Orange Tofu Recipe Is:

  • Fresh
  • Bright
  • Vibrant
  • Citrus-y
  • Tangy
  • Sweet
  • Vegan, Vegetarian
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Make Orange Chicken Vegan

This vegan orange chicken recipe is a simple way to get extra veggies in your diet. I’m all about making recipes plant-based when I can. Vegan cooking does NOT have to be bland, boring, or flavorless… It’s quite the opposite when done right. By building meals around vegan pantry staples and swapping in a few plant-based ingredients you can make better meals for you and your family.

Browse all our vegan recipes to find your next favorite. These easy and yummy recipes are fantastic meatless and dairy free meals for your table.

What’s In This Baked Orange Tofu Recipe?

  • Garlic, Green Onions, Fresh Ginger Root
  • Tofu – I like using extra firm tofu for this recipe!
  • Corn Starch: the secret to thicken the sauce at the end, it really makes a difference. It makes a great sticky orange sauce that coats every piece of tofu perfectly.
  • Sunflower Oil: our go-to oil for roasting or baking! Sunflower is a high oleic oil, so it’s best to use for high temperatures. Or use another neutral oil like vegetable oil or avocado oil.
  • Turmeric – a staple in our spice cabinet!
  • Brown Sugar – for a little sweetness in the sauce, and it has a little more flavor than white sugar.
  • Sesame oil – gives the vegan orange chicken sauce a great savory taste.
  • Sesame Seeds – I love adding a handful of these sesame seeds to finish off this recipe! These seeds add a nice crunch and light flavor to this orange tofu.
  • Liquid Aminos – Liquid aminos have a ton of the great flavor of soy sauce. We always keep a few bottles of coconut aminos in our pantry!  It gives a great umami flavor to the orange tofu.
  • Fresh orange juice and orange zest
  • Sea salt & Black pepper to taste

More Optional Add-Ins

Serve this crispy orange tofu with cauliflower rice or cauliflower florets. Or steamed green beans, shiitake mushrooms, sliced bell pepper, or a side of broccoli.

For a spicier version, add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

Instead of the brown sugar in the spicy orange sauce, substitute maple syrup, coconut sugar, or agave nectar.

Substitute brown rice or jasmine rice for plain white rice.

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Sheet Pan Tofu Recipes For the Win!

This easy orange crispy tofu is the perfect sheet pan dinner!  I love a good sheet pan meal, especially during these fall months when the weather starts to turn cooler. Cooking on a sheet pan is one of my favorite ways to get a meal on the table fast. This vegan version of classic orange chicken reminds me of the delicious meals you can get at Panda Express.

All the food gets cooked on a single pan, which makes cleaning up a breeze. And the oven does all the work for you, so you can focus on other kitchen prep while the food cooks. Sheet pan meals are awesome for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – browse our sheet pan meals that are ready in no time!

How to Make Orange Chicken Vegan

For the Tofu

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, tear the tofu right off the block into bite-sized pieces, about 1 square inch.  Place the tofu pieces in the bowl, and toss it with corn starch, sunflower oil, garlic salt, and turmeric. Mix well to combine.  
  3. Place coated tofu on the lined sheet pan in a single layer, and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway.

For the Sauce

  1. In a large saucepan, add the sunflower oil, garlic, and ginger root. Sauté over low-medium heat for 4-5 minutes until garlic and ginger begin to brown.
  2. Add the liquid aminos, orange juice and chili flakes and bring to a boil. 
  3. Whisk in the corn starch to thicken the sauce, and continue to stir over low heat.
  4. Once tofu has finished cooking, toss with the orange sauce. Top with sesame seeds and green onion, and serve with your favorite rice and veggies.  Enjoy!

For the Sauce

  1. In a large saucepan, add the sunflower oil, garlic, and ginger root. Sauté over low heat for 4-5 minutes until garlic and ginger begin to brown.
  2. Add the liquid aminos, orange juice and chili flakes and bring to a boil. 
  3. Whisk in the corn starch to thicken the sauce, and continue to stir over low heat.
  4. Once tofu has finished cooking, toss with the orange sauce. Top with sesame seeds and green onion, and serve with rice and veggies.  Enjoy!

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Vegan Orange Chicken

This vegan orange chicken is a great plant-based alternative to classic orange chicken! This tofu is fantastic to serve with vegetable stir fry and some freshly steamed sticky rice.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 164 kcal

Equipment

  • Sheet Pan

Ingredients
  

For the Crispy Tofu

  • 1 16-ounce package tofu
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions sliced

For the Orange Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger root minced
  • 1 teaspoon liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Instructions
 

For the Tofu

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, tear the tofu right off the block into large chunks, about 1 square inch.  Place the tofu in the bowl, and toss it with corn starch, sunflower oil, garlic salt, and turmeric. Mix well to combine.
  • Place coated tofu on the lined sheet pan, and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway.

For the Sauce

  • In a large saucepan, add the sunflower oil, garlic, and ginger root. Saute over low heat for 4-5 minutes until garlic and ginger begin to brown.
  • Add the liquid aminos, orange juice and chili flakes and bring to a boil.
  • Whisk in the corn starch to thicken the sauce, and continue to stir over low heat.
  • Once tofu has finished cooking, toss with the orange sauce. Top with sesame seeds and green onion, and serve with rice and veggies.  Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 8gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 60mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 148IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is by far the best orange tofu recipe I’ve made. Best flavors and I loved it although I tore and cut my tofu pieces too small so next time I need to be mindful about that.

  2. 5 stars
    Great! I’m trying to cook lower sodium dishes, which tend to be kinda blah. This had alot of flavor, I didnt even miss the tons of tamari I used to use in my tofu dishes. I think next time I’ll grate some orange peel on the final product, other than that I’ll keep the recipe as is. Thanks!

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