A quick orange sauce recipe consists of 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, 2 tablespoons each of orange squash and sugar, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice. Combine the first four ingredients in a saucepan and cook until thickened. Add the lemon juice last.
Stir the sauce constantly while cooking, and taste before serving to see if it needs more sugar or lemon juice. This is a necessary step because freshly squeezed orange juice varies in sweetness. This recipe uses orange squash, a popular British drink that consists of sweetened orange juice concentrate and water. If you are unable to obtain orange squash, consider trying a recipe that uses orange marmalade instead.
One such recipe combines 1 tablespoon of grated, sautéed ginger with 2/3 cup chicken broth in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in 3 tablespoons of orange marmalade, 1 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of hot chile sauce. This results in a spicy orange sauce.
Many popular Chinese and Hunan dishes use orange sauce, including orange chicken and duck in orange sauce. Many versions of the recipe include orange zest to enhance the citrus flavor of the sauce.