Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Delicious Orange Chicken

OH.MY! Was this EVER Delicious! I love finding new recipes to try, and it's even better when they are a hit! Although it took a little bit of prep, it was SO worth it! Pair it up with some Rice and Broccoli and you've got one great dinner!!

I found this gem on 'The Noshery' blog (go and check her post out, because she has some mouth watering pictures to go along with the recipe.

Here is my mouth watering picture :)

Here is the Recipe and Instructions:

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-1/2” cubes
  • 1 ½ cups corn starch
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs **I just used regular bread crumbs**
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Oil (for frying)
Orange Sauce
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1/4 cup orange 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 **even with only 1/4 tsp this adds quite the kick, so if you don't like the spice, don't add so much :) **
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
Combine corn starch, salt, and pepper.  Prepare a bowl with beaten eggs, another with panko bread crumbs and another with corn starch. Dip chicken in egg mixture, dredge in cornstarch, then again in the eggs and finally in the panko bread crumbs, set aside.  Heat pan with vegetable oil to 375 degrees, fry chicken in batches until completely cooked.
In a large saucepan combine 1 ½ cups water, 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 red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil.
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 garnish with green onions.

Now I know what you are thinking, "where is my pad of paper and pen, I need to make a grocery list" GO, GO, GO!!
Enjoy!!! :) 


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