Thursday, April 30, 2009

Orange Chicken

I don't know about you, but in my house we love Panda Express (or use to love it until I found this recipe!)
This is my #1 most requested meal!!!

Orange Chicken

recipe found on
makes about 6 servings

I usually double or triple this recipe because it makes great left overs, if everyone in the Nunley Neighborhood (especially my Parker) doesn't eat it all first!!! He He! I guess what I'm trying to say is that it is a huge crowd pleaser!!!

to make Orange Sauce--
1 1/2 Tbs soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbs water
5 Tbs sugar
5 Tbs white vinegar
1 orange, zest only

-combine soy sauce, water, sugar, vinegar, and zest. mix and set aside. I usually do this before I start everything else so the flavors combine really well. Sometimes I put the ingredients in a small mason jar with the lid on and shake it up.

2-3 cups oil for deep frying

-heat oil in Wok or deep -fryer to 375 degrees

2 lbs. (or about 4 breasts) boneless skinless chicken, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. salt
about 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 Tbs. canola oil

-place chopped chicken in a bowl and stir in egg, salt, pepper, and oil

1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup flour

-stir cornstarch and flour together.
-add to chicken pieces and stir to coat.
-add chicken, small batches at a time to hot oil, and fry 3-4 minutes until golden crisp
-remove chicken with a spotted spoon and drain on paper towels and set aside.

if you like bite size pieces of fried chicken or "popcorn chicken" just enjoy them as they are and be done cooking, or if you really do want orange chicken keep following the recipe

1 Tbs freshly grated gingerroot
1 tsp freshly minced garlic

-add gingerroot and garlic together in a small bowl and set aside.

1/2 tsp crushed hot red chili flakes (like the pizza topping that pizza delivery guys give you in those little packages)
1/4 cup chopped green onions

-add chili flakes and chopped green onions in a small bowl and set aside.

1/4 cup water
1 Tbs cornstarch

- combine water and cornstarch in a bowl and set aside.

You are almost done!!! Now for the very quick cooking!

Heat a clean Wok or NON STICK pan on high for 15 seconds
add 1 Tbs oil .
add ginger and garlic and stir fry for 10 seconds
add and stir fry crushed chilis and green onions for 3 seconds
add orange sauce and bring to a boil
add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed
stir in cornstarch mixture
heat until sauce is thickened about 1 minute
serve over sticky (Calrose) rice found at Costco or the Asian isle at your local grocery store
Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!!!!

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