Orange Chicken

   I’ve really been getting into the Chinese cooking lately.  I tried cooking Chinese food years ago and everything I made tasted horrible.  I’ve recently found a few blogs that have had amazing Asian food on them and I’ve made a number of dishes that have been as good as or even better then we get at the local Chinese restaurant.

    This recipe for orange chicken really spoke to me.  It had crispy, browned chicken pieces in a sweet citrus sauce over top of rice.  It sounded delicious.  I already had eggrolls in the freeze so I was ready to roll.  When I made the marinade it tasted ok but I wasn’t too impressed with it.  I was a little worried but continued on with the recipe.  The chicken looked great after it was cooked.  Once the orange sauce was cooked it thickened up and had a fantastic citrus and Asian flavor to it.  The dish didn’t taste like the orange chicken I would get at a Chinese restaurant, but it was still really good.  We’ll be having this one again!

Orange Chicken (adapted from America’s Test Kitchen, as seen on A Taste of Home Cooking )
For the marinade and sauce:
3/4 c. chicken broth
1 c. orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1/4 c. rice vinegar
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/3 c. brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. fresh ginger
1 t. red pepper
1 t. black pepper
1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 T. cornstarch
2 T. cold water

For the Coating:
2 egg whites
1 c. cornstarch
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. red pepper
1 t. salt
1/4 c. olive oil

1.  In a medium bowl combine the chicken broth, orange juice, orange zest, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper, and black pepper.  Remove 1 cup of the sauce and place in a freezer bag along with the cut up chicken.  Refrigerate 1-2 hours (no longer).

2.  After marinating the chicken, put the sauce in a saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer.  In a small bowl whisk the cornstarch and water together until smooth.  Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce.  Stir to combine.  Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.  Remove from heat and set aside.

3.  In a small bowl beat the egg whites until they are frothy.  In a second shallow bowl combine the cornstarch, baking soda, red pepper, and salt. 

4.  Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat with a paper towel to dry.  Put half the chicken in the egg whites, turning to coat.  Take them out and put them in the cornstarch mixture turning to coat.  Meanwhile, put the other half of the chicken into the egg whites, turning to coat.

5.  Heat 3 T. olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet.  Add the chicken coated in the cornstarch.  Immediately coat the remaining chicken with cornstarch and add to pan.  Pan fry the chicken for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.  Add remaining oil after turning chicken the first time. 

6.  Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.  Remove oil from pan and return the chicken, covering with the orange sauce.  Serve over rice.

Comments

  1. says

    This looks so good. I’m hosting a recipe only link party today called “Cast Party Wednesday”. This recipe would be a perfect addition. I would love it if you came by and shared some of your recipes with us.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

  2. says

    This looks tasty I am sure my husband would love it. I’m half Chinese and my mother would never make dishes that restaurants sell, but I love it she just doesn’t know we eat it. :)

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