I recently realised how much I like to cook and I decided to make an online collection of recipes I've collected and tried. These are all pretty easy, and I have made many of them while watching a toddler, or at least during nap time.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Orange Chicken



2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite-size cubes)
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 eggs (beaten)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Oil (for frying)

Orange Sauce-

1 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon orange zest (grated)
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon ginger root (minced)
½ teaspoon garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons green onion (chopped)
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: 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 in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked.

Step 2: Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 ½ 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 onion. Bring to a boil. Add more orange zest and juice if you like. I recommend making the sauce a little too strong and sweet if you will be eating this with rice.

Step 3: Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of 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.

from: http://blogchef.net/orange-chicken-recipe/

it helps to get a large bowl or a pan (like a cookie sheet with sides, whatever it's called), line it with 2 layers of paper towels, and place your chicken on it. A bowl will help retain heat, the paper towels absorb oil.

this does not make very good leftovers--so only make what you plan to eat. the coating on the chicken gets a little soggy with moisture. the sauce, however, keeps well. it starts to look gelatinous after being in the fridge, but I just dump it in a saucepan and reheat.

egg beaters work just as well as whole eggs. gluten free flour and tamari soy sauce also work great if you have celiac/follow a gluten free diet--tastes the same. I believe I used Red Mill flour (all-purpose)

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