Most of the time I try to avoid fried foods but sometimes I just can’t resist. Like Asian orange chicken for example. How could I do without it? I don’t make fried chicken of any kind too often because 1. It’s obviously not the best thing for you and 2. I never like how my house smells when I fry something. But again the fried smell is sometimes oh so worth it. Like with this. It’s funny I actually didn’t hate the fried smell as bad with this recipe I made because it almost had a light orange scent to it =). This was the best orange chicken I’ve ever had. I’m not trying to brag because it’s my own recipe, it’s just simply the best I’ve ever had (who knows though maybe I just don’t get out much =). Tender, marinated then fried chicken is coated with an orange sauce that is loaded with intensely delicious and exciting flavors, most of it being orange. It doesn’t have a lot of water in the sauce (like some orange chicken recipes out there, that kind of seems like a flavor dilution to me) and it has so much fresh, vibrant orange flavor. I will always love fried foods, I personally think there is nothing wrong with enjoying them in moderation. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Enjoy!
Chinese Orange Chicken
- 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless , chicken breast halves, diced into 1 - 1 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp finely grated orange zest (zest of 1 1/2 fairly large oranges)
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp dried ginger
- 2 Tbsp grated yellow onion (be sure to get some of the juices when measuring)
- 2 cloves garlic , finely minced
- 1 tsp Sriracha hot sauce (optional)
- Freshly ground black or white pepper , to taste
- 1 1/4 cups + 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp cold water
- 2 large eggs
- vegetable or peanut oil , for frying
- chopped green onions and sesame seeds , for garnish (optional)
Place chicken pieces in a gallon size resealable bag, set aside. In a medium saucepan combine chicken broth, orange zest, orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, granulated sugar, ginger, yellow onion, garlic, Sriracha and pepper. Whisk mixture well, then measure out 2/3 cup of the mixture and pour it over the chicken in resealable bag. Seal bag while pressing excess air out, and press chicken into marinade. Place bag in a bowl or baking dish and refrigerate 30 minutes. Meanwhile, return remaining sauce mixture over medium heat and bring mixture just to a boil, stirring frequently. In a small bowl whisk together 2 Tbsp cornstarch with 2 Tbsp water then stir mixture into sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 1 - 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly, until thickened, remove from heat.
Pour vegetable oil into a large cast iron dutch oven, filling pot about 1 1/2 - 2-inches deep and heat oil to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk eggs in a shallow dish until well blended. Pour remaining 1 1/4 cups cornstarch into a separate shallow dish. Remove chicken from refrigerator and drain and discard marinade from chicken. Dip chicken pieces into egg followed by cornstarch and toss pieces to evenly coat in cornstarch, then carefully place 1/3 of the chicken pieces into preheated oil and cook for 5 - 7 minutes until golden, turning once during cooking. Using skimmer, remove fried chicken from oil and transfer to a paper towel lined cookie sheet to drain excess oil. Repeat process with remaining chicken working in two more batches. Pour drained fried chicken into a bowl and toss with sauce. Serve warm over white or brown rice garnished with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy