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    Orange Chicken

    Recipe from allrecipes. Have been having a real craving for it so I decided to give it a whirl.

    Sauce:
    1 1/2 cups water
    2 tablespoons orange juice
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    1/3 cup rice vinegar
    2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 tablespoon grated orange zest
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
    1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
    2 tablespoons chopped green onion
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    Plus
    3 tablespoons cornstarch
    2 tablespoons water

    Chicken:
    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    3 tablespoons olive oil

    Directions:
    Pour 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and cool 10 to 15 minutes.

    Place the chicken pieces into a resealable plastic bag. When contents of saucepan have cooled, pour 1 cup of sauce into bag. Reserve the remaining sauce. Seal the bag, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

    In another resealable plastic bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat.

    Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken into the skillet, and brown on both sides. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels, and cover with aluminum foil.

    Wipe out the skillet, and add the sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Mix together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water; stir into the sauce. Reduce heat to medium low, add the chicken pieces, and simmer, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


    Mixing the cornstarch and water before you put it into the sauce is necessary. If you don't you'll get clumps and have to mash them out. Instead of frying the chicken in a pan I did it in my deep fryer. Unfortunately this is the first time I've used it so when the directions said "until brown" I follow them until about 15 minutes in it still wasn't brown. The sauce itself was terrific, whether by itself or on rice, but the fact that I dried the chicken to chalk consistency ruined it. I also cooked it without onions, but I think that was a mistake as well. I'd highly suggest this recipe to anyone.

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    I actually used this exact recipe about 3 weeks ago. Its insanely good, and after that I had a take out version of orange chicken and it just was not the same.

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    Hah, I used this same recipe a couple years back!

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    So was it any good/worth trying out? Other than the dried out chicken thing.
    EFCrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tach View Post
    So was it any good/worth trying out? Other than the dried out chicken thing.
    The sauce was insanely good. I'd even suggest it for vegetarians to just eat with rice

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    I think I might try this... it looks gooooooooooooood

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    Yes it is really good, just make sure you dont over fry the chicken or else it get tough! ( I did the same thing uskrewed back when I first started to cook)

    Deep fryer should be set around 375
    Last edited by Zoxygen; 8/30/2010 at 1:11 am.

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    You might feel inclined to say yes because you made it, but honestly, is it better than just buying Panda Express? I mean, they sell their sauce in a bottle so you can skip the sauce ingredients and just cook the chicken.

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    I dont know, I've never had panda express.

    I mean financially and speed its usually always better to pick up take out Chinese food. But making it is fun.

    Also your argument could also go for pasta sauces. Why do people make their own marinara? when you could just just buy a jar and worry about cooking the pasta. With this recipe you can have a base and change it to fit your personal tastes.
    Last edited by Zoxygen; 9/07/2010 at 12:39 am.

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    Panda Express sells their sauce? Honestly if you're making it once it'd be easier, cheaper, and faster to buy it from Panda Express. But cooking it yourself is more fun, especially when you're doing it with a friend/gf and makes for a good experience.

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