When I have a craving for Asian food, I usually just go out. But recently I decided that I should try my hand at cooking one of my favorites (I have several) and found this seemingly easy recipe for orange chicken (courtesy of Harry Wetzel on allrecipes.com). I also decided to try making my own egg rolls. Wish me luck!
Asian Orange Chicken
1-1/2 cups of water
2 Tablespoons of orange juice
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/3 cup of rice vinegar
2-1/2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of orange zest
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger root
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of chopped green onion
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
3 Tablespoons of cornstarch
2 Tablespoons of water
2 skinless and boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 tesaspoon of pepper
3 Tablespoons of olive oil
Cooked white rice
1. Pour the water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool a bit (10-15 minutes).
2. Place the chicken pieces into a large resealable bag. Once the sauce mixture has cooled, pour 1 cup of the mixture over the chicken pieces in the bag (reserve the remaining sauce). Seal the bag and refrigerate for a minimum of two (2) hours.
3. In another resealable bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat the chicken with the flour mixture.
4. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place the marinated chicken into the skillet and brown on both sides. Remove the chicken to a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
5. Clean out the skillet and add the reserved sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Mix together the cornstarch and the water and then stir this combination into the sauce. Reduce the heat to medium low, add the chicken pieces, and simmer for about five (5) minutes (stir occasionally).