Friday, September 27, 2013

Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken

My husband is a fan of Chinese food, correction huge fan of, so I am always looking for Chinese type recipes to try at home. This recipe did not disappoint him. He loved it and is already wanting it again.

This chicken is not hard to make, however it does require some time. The chicken needs to be cooked in batches so that takes a bit of time. But it is well worth it. I served it over rice and it was super delicious and flavorful.

Orange Chicken
Ingredients:

Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 tablespoons olive oil (approximately)

Orange Sauce
1 1/2 cups water, divided
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon orange zest, grated
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons green onions, chopped
3 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions:
Combine flour and pepper in a large zip lock bag. Dip chicken in beaten egg and then put into zip lock bag with flour and shake to completely coat.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet and cook chicken in several batches for about 2-3 minutes per side or until completely cooked. Add 1-2 tablespoons olive oil before each batch as needed.

While cooking chicken, in a large saucepan combine 1 1/4 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Stir to mix and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and onion. Bring to a boil.

Combine cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup water mixing completely. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce. Mixture will thicken pretty quickly. Pour sauce over cooked chicken and garnish with green onions, if desired.

Serves: 8
Calories: 375.8
Total Fat: 8.6g
   Saturated: 1.2g
   Polyunsaturated: 0.8g
   Monounsaturated: 5g
   Trans: 0g
Cholesterol: 81.9mg
Sodium: 220.3mg
Potassium: 49.6mg
Total Carbs: 45.5g
   Dietary Fiber: 0.6g
   Sugars: 25.7g
Protein: 29.4g
Vitamin A: 1.3%
Vitamin C: 10.7%
Calcium: 10.7%
Iron: 9.4%
*The nutritional information will vary slightly depending on the brands you use.
*Adapted from Key Ingredient.

Enjoy!!!

4 comments:

  1. Yummy!!!!!
    Had to share with my FB friends, too good to keep to myself !
    Thank's :)

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  2. Had potential to be great, but the rice vinegar really spoiled it...too much of it I think. I think I'd also reduce the orange zest too. Just me, though. I'm sure lots of other people loved it.

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    1. I'm glad you tried it, but sorry you did not like it. Something I have learned over the years is every recipe is adjustable; so make it your own. I encourage you to give it another try and make some changes to fit you tastes better.

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