Homemade Orange Chicken

Homemade Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken is a well-loved takeout dish, but what if you could create your own version at home? This simple recipe uses minimal ingredients with flavors that pack a punch. Serve it up over a bed of rice and stir fry veggies for a meal the whole family will love! 

Ingredients:

Chicken:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup of flour

Orange Sauce:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • orange zest from 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Optional Garnish:

  • Green Onions
  • Orange Zest

Directions:

  1. To make the orange sauce,  in a medium pot add orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and red chili flakes. Heat for 3 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water until a paste forms. Add this to the orange sauce and whisk together. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken. Once the sauce is thickened, remove from heat and add orange zest.
  3. To make the chicken, add the flour and cornstarch to a shallow dish or pie plate. Add a pinch of salt and stir.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a shallow dish. Dip the chicken pieces in the egg mixture, and then immediately into the flour mixture. Place each piece on a plate.
  5. Heat 2 -3 inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Using a thermometer, watch for it to reach 350 degrees.
  6. Working in batches, cook several chicken pieces at a time. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes, turning often until golden brown. Place chicken on a paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat.
  7. Toss chicken with orange sauce. You may reserve some of the sauce to place on rice. Serve hot on top of rice with a sprinkling of green onion and orange zest if desired! 

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