Orange Chicken

True confession: I’ve been falling into a cooking rut lately. I rarely try new recipes, and that makes life dull and cooking more of a chore, less of a fun adventure. That’s going to change this winter! Meal one: orange chicken. It was delicious and full of flavor. It takes awhile, so make it sometime when you have a good hour to devote to the kitchen.

Orange Chicken

Recipe based on allrecipes.com

Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Tbs. orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup vinegar (I used white wine vinegar, but any kind will work)
  • 3 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. grated orange zest
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp ginger root, minced
  • 1/2 garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbs. corn starch
  • 1 Tbs. water

Chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil

Rice:

Prepare 1 cup of your preferred rice according to the directions on the packaging.

Steps:

1. Make your sauce! Add everything but the cornstarch and the 1 Tbs of water to a sauce pan. Mix, bring to a boil, and remove from heat to cool.

2. While it’s cooling, rip your chicken. Really. Tear it. Don’t cut it with a knife. Put it in a large ziploc bag, pour 1 cup of the sauce in, and allow the chicken to marinate at least 30 minutes, but up to a full day.

3. In another ziploc bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Once the chicken is done marinating, put the chicken pieces in the bag with the flour mixture, and toss to coat.

4. Heat 3 Tbs. olive oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken pieces in batches, so they aren’t too crowded or stacked on top of each other. Brown each side, and remove to a paper towel lined plate.

IMG_1190IMG_11985. Once all the chicken is done, add the remaining sauce to the skillet, bring to boil. Whisk the cornstarch and water together in a cup, and pour it in the sauce. Reduce heat to medium low, and add chicken to the skillet. Cook for 5-10 more minutes.

IMG_11996. Serve with rice.

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2 thoughts on “Orange Chicken

  1. Orange chicken sounds good to me! .Have you tried a lemon garlic roasted chicken w/ roasted potatoes and green beans? Yum and EASY. Can give you my version when you’re here if you don’t have your own already….SOON!!!!

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