branching out. [homemade Chinese orange chicken]

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It’s been a big week for me, guys. I baked something with chocolate and I made a Chinese dish. Woohoo! This orange chicken was incredibly delicious, but frying the chicken was messy and time consuming. I guess I need to ask Santa for a deep fryer. ;)

Recipe:

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 1/2 cups plus 4 tbsp. cornstarch, divided

3 large eggs, beaten

2-3 cups vegetable oil

Sesame seeds, for garnish

Sliced green onions, for garnish

Brown or white rice

Marinade recipe (might not use all of the marinade):

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup (2 large oranges) freshly squeezed orange juice

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup vinegar

1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp. orange zest

2 tsp. Sriracha, or more, to taste

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. white pepper

Directions:

Whisk together chicken broth, orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, orange zest, Sriracha, ginger and white pepper in a large bowl.

In a gallon size Ziploc bag, combine chicken and 1 1/3 cup of the marinade; marinate for at least 30 minutes, turning the bag occasionally. Drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade in the bag.

Heat remaining marinade in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir in 4 tbsp. cornstarch combined with 4 tbsp. water. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 2-4 minutes; keep warm.

Working three to four pieces at a time, dip each piece of chicken into the eggs first, then dredge in remaining 1 1/2 cup cornstarch, pressing to coat.

Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan. Once hot, add chicken pieces and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces. Discard excess oil.

Once all the chicken is fried, place pieces in a large bowl and pour desired amount of sauce over chicken; toss. (Might not use all the sauce)

Serve chicken over brown or white rice (I used brown basmati rice), then garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onion.

Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious.

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  • http://ourfamilyfoodadventures.wordpress.com Kristy

    This looks delicious Caroline! Happy holidays!

  • http://angsarap.wordpress.com Raymund

    Wow that looks so Authentic, this is my type of dish

  • http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    Frying chicken can be quite annoying, but the dish definitely looks worth the effort. Yum!

  • egg me on

    Wow, you really have had a big week! I’m impressed. This looks great. Those sesame seeds are so perfectly placed. :)

  • http://fatfreefashion.wordpress.com fatfreefashion

    That looks delicious! Will have to try this one at home. Yum

  • http://backroadjournal.wordpress.com Karen

    Sounds like a terrific dish, Caroline. The splatters from frying can be messy but the end result is delicious.

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com yummychunklet

    Sounds like a tasty week!

  • http://rufusguide.wordpress.com Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    This is one of Katherine’s favorites when she goes to a certain quick-serve Chinese place. Can’t wait to try it.

  • http://www.sweetpeaskitchen.com Christina @ Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

    This looks incredible! Orange chicken is one of my husbands favorites! Hope you have a happy new year! :)

  • http://youvebeenhooked.wordpress.com The Hook

    LOVE THIS!
    (And if it’s in all caps, you know it';s true!)