Monday, May 3, 2010

Orange Chicken



In March I posted about a Sweet and Sour chicken dish that was so delicious. It was so successful I had to try another favorite Chinese take out dish, Orange chicken. Wow was this chicken tasty! Lots of orange flavor with tender pieces of chicken, all glazed with a sweet orange sauce. Toss in some rice to soak up all the extras and it was an overall hit.  Next time you have the urge to order Chinese food, consider making this homemade dish instead….it’s so much better!

Orange Chicken

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For the Chicken:

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut into 1 1/2 cubes)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 egg (beaten)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Oil (for frying)

For the Sauce:

1 1/2 cups water

2 tablespoons orange juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup rice vinegar

2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced

1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced

2 tablespoons green onion, chopped

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

For the Chicken:

Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture and shake in flour mixture to coat. Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees, using a cast iron skillet or deep fryer, until completely cooked.

For the Sauce:

In a large saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger, garlic, and green onion. Bring to a boil.

Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup water and mix thoroughly. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens. Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and if desired add red pepper flakes and garnish with green onions.


1 comment:

Mandy said...

So we had orange chicken for dinner tonight... but it was from Trader Joes.... it was good, but next time I'm trying yours!!