Crispy Orange Tofu

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Vegan Crispy Orange Tofu is a veganized orange chicken recipe that is healthier, low fat, but still so delicious! Try this vegan take-out recipe over rice, noodles, or with a side of veggies for a high-protein plant based meal. 

vegan orange chicken recipe

There is nothing wrong with treating yourself to Chinese take-out or going out to eat. But if you’re trying to stay healthy or lose weight, take-out replacements, like this orange tofu, can be really helpful on your fitness journey. This veganized orange chicken is low fat, baked instead of fried, and can also be made gluten free with ease. 

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The best flour to use to make crispy baked tofu is chickpea flour. It is the best at crisping up in the oven without oil. However, this tofu recipe works well with any flour. I have used oat flour, whole grain wheat flour, and tapioca flour/starch, all with success. 

Since this recipe does not have oil, you will need to line the baking sheet with parchment paper, or use a silicone baking mat. I love using baking mats since they reduce trash and are super non-stick. 

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I hope you liked this vegan orange tofu recipe! If you want to learn more ways to make tofu taste great, check out these vegan recipes: 

Vegan Crispy Orange Tofu Recipe

vegan orange chicken recipe, copy cat panda express tofu
  • Total Time45 min
  • Yield4 servings


    For the Orange Sauce

    • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave syrup
    • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced or grated
    • 1/2 inch ginger root, grated
    • 1 TBSP sesame seeds
    • 2 tsp Sriracha (optional)
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
    • 3 tsp orange zest
    • 3 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
    • 3 TBSP arrowroot or tapioca starch
    • 1/4 cup cold water

    First Breading Layer

    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup water

    Second Breading Layer

    • 1 cup Panko
    • 1 tsp onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 TBSP sesame seeds


    • 1 block (16 oz.) extra firm tofu


    • 1/4 cup chopped green onion



    Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare the sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a bowl, except the arrowroot starch and water. Transfer to a pot and heat until hot, but not boiling. Dissolve the starch in the water and slowly mix into the hot sauce. Continue to stir occasionally until the sauce becomes thick (about 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat, and set aside.


    Prepare the breading mixtures in two separate containers: Mix the flour and water in one container. Whisk the Panko, onion powder, garlic powder, and sesame seeds in another container.


    Chop the tofu into 1-inch cubes. Mix the tofu with the first breading layer. Then mix the tofu with the second breading layer. Spread the breaded tofu cubes over a lined baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes.


    Coat the tofu with the orange sauce and enjoy over rice or noodles!

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