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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Orange Chicken

This recipe is adapted from several recipes online and changed to fit my own tastes.  My son who asked me to make orange chicken, loved it, as did all of the family.  I even liked it, and I'm not all that fond of orange chicken.  This one isn't as sickly sweet at the casual restaurant versions.

Orange Chicken

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
oil (for frying)
1/2 cup cornstarch, plus
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon ginger root, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed hot red chili pepper
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon rice wine
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons water
5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼ cup sweet Tai chili sauce
1 orange, zest of

Place chicken pieces in large bowl. Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well.
Stir cornstarch and flour together. Mix flour mixture and egg mixture. Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat. Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees. Add chicken, small batches at a time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden crisp.
Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; set aside.
Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant; about 10 seconds. Add and stir-fry crushed chiles and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil.
Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed. Stir water into remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth and add to chicken. Heat until sauce is thickened. Stir in orange zest. Serve over jasmine rice.


SJ said...

I find that marinating the chicken in some soy sauce and sesame oil first really adds to the flavor of the overall dish.

Miriam Latour said...

Thanks! I'm not a huge fan of sesame oil, which is essential to REAL Asian dishes, I know. Notice I left all sesame oil out of this dish, but for those who like it, great idea! I can't have much soy sauce, because it triggers migraines for me, so I steer clear of adding too much... but again, for everyone else it's a great idea.