Here is another recipe I’m revisiting because the original photos are HORRIBLE, and this dish is worthy of being on my blog twice.
QUESTION: Whenever you are in the process of making a dish, do you think about what you are going to write about on your blog for the same dish? I do. For instance, I wanted to mention that using cornstarch in place of flour makes the chicken pieces look too white while flour browns the chicken more. So, you should combine the two when coating the chicken. Also, I wanted to mention how I didn’t have green onions, so I used white onions (then I found some green onions in the refrigerator after the photo session!).
Anyway, I think the fact that I made this dish again tells you how good it is. Aside from the regular onions, I followed this recipe exactly. I also made some jasmine rice in the used rice cooker my mom just gave me. For the first time, I had to call my mom on how to operate a kitchen-related appliance :D. Now I know why people love their rice cookers! I no longer have to wait for the water to boil. That is so nice.
I accompanied the orange chicken and rice with cold, green teasans the ice. [Did you know that I don’t like ice, but my mom is crazy about ice (she buys a big bag of ice every week! I have no idea what she does with that much ice.)? That is another contrast between my mom and me. Ice interrupts the flow of my drink (like nuts in soft desserts), and when the ice melts, it waters my drink.] Okay, enough of my quirks. Here is the recipe:
This piece is about to go into my mouth. . .riiiiiight. . .NOW. Orange Chicken from Blog Chef
Chicken- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-1/2” cubes) (I used 1.25 lbs) 1/2 – 1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 – 1 cup cornstarch 1 egg (beaten) ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper
Oil (for frying; I used vegetable or canola oil, but peanut oil is the best for frying)
Orange Sauce- 1 ½ cups water 2 Tbsp orange juice (I used the juice of 1/2 of a large orange) ¼ cup lemon juice 1/3 cup rice vinegar 2 ½ Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp orange zest (grated) 1 cup packed brown sugar ½ tsp ginger root (minced) ½ tsp garlic (minced) 2 Tbsp green onion (chopped) (I used 1/4th of a regular, white onion) ¼ tsp red pepper flakes 3 Tbsp cornstarch 2 Tbsp water
Step 1:Combine flour and cornstarch. Place chicken in the egg mixture along with salt and pepper, and shake the pieces in the flour mixture to coat.
Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked and light brown (around 5 minutes per batch).
Step 2: Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil.
Step 3: Combine 3 Tbsp 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 add red pepper flakes and garnish with green onions.