Friday, July 30, 2010

Crispy Orange Chicken

I borrowed this recipe from one of my blogging friends, Mary Beth at Dunkin Cooking The Semi-Homemade Way and it was a huge hit!  The homegirlz fussed at me when they went looking for leftovers for lunch the next day and there were none.

Next time I make this, I will have to double up on the chicken because they just could get enough.  I also cranked up the garlic a little bit.  This is definitely earned a spot in our rotation.




Cube three boneless, skinless chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper, reserve.  Using a shallow dish, slightly beat one egg and combine with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.  Add cubed chicken to egg and oil mixture.  Toss to evenly coat chicken.  In another shallow dish, combine 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. 



Dredge the chicken cubes through the flour cornstarch mixture and cook in a fryer or deep skillet at 375 degrees.


Cook until golden brown and drain on a paper towel lined plate.



While the chicken is cooking, let's make the sauce.  In a sauce pan over medium-high heat, saute 1 tablespoon minced garlic in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for about one minute. Then add in 1 cup of orange juice, 1 cup of hoisin sauce, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds and a pinch of cayenne.  Bring sauce to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.  Turn heat down to simmer and reduce until thick.  Stir to make sure sauce is not burning.   I added about 1/2 teaspoon of orange zest to the sauce for a little added flavor.




I decided to keep the sauce a little thinner.  We served it over jasmine rice as Mary Beth suggested and garnished with sliced scallions.


 

24 comments:

Pam said...

Who needs take out??

highlandsranchfoodie said...

I have got to try this soon. Sounds wonderful

Joanne said...

Mmm orange chicken is one of my take-out favorites! I love the idea of making this at home.

SusanD said...

Def trying this one. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great weekend. Blessings, SusanD

julie said...

Katherine, this sounds absolutely divine! My husband would be so excited for me to put it together; orange chicken is one of his favorite Asian dishes. Awesome recipe!

JodieMo said...

Oh it looks so good! I'm going to go set out some chicken right now so we can cook this for dinner tomorrow!

Big Dude said...

Looks outstanding and we'll have to give it a try.

Pam said...

Yum - this looks way better than take out.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Great looking meal!

Have a GREAT weekend!

steph said...

Looks great!

Mary said...

It sounds delicious. I love orange chicken and I really like the idea of being able to make this at home. This one will definitely be tried. I hope the day treats you and your gang well. Blessings...Mary

Shug said...

I am so glad that I stopped by your place today...The orange chicken looks so yummy...Can't wait to try it out.

Shug
Confessions Of A Razzle-Dazzle Housewife..

Stop by and see me some time!

The Blonde Duck said...

Yum!!

Chef E said...

Ohhh I love this, one of my favs to order from Chinese!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Crazy.... We had an Orange Chicken for dinner last night... It was also over rice... Small world, huh????

Have a good weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Calm In The Kitchen said...

I love orange chicken! This looks delicious.

Moogie said...

Yum... this looks delicious. I'm your newest follower.

theUngourmet said...

My daughter and I love orange chicken. Your sauce looks so delicious! Yum! My daughter is off to camp on Sunday. I've have to make this for her to welcome her home late on in the week. :)

Cinnamon Girl said...

So delicious Katherine! I'd be on the hunt for leftovers too!

Chris said...

Good that looks and sounds wonderful, Katherine! I love the orange sauce, did it have a sweet and sour kind of taste?

Claudia said...

I so need to make this. I mean who doesn't love crispy chicken? And that it is woken up with that grand orange sauce. 'll take the jasmine rice also.

Marguerite said...

This chicken looks wonderful! And a very nice presentation, too! Can't wait to try it! Cheers, cher!

Bob said...

Oh wow. That looks so good! Makes me wish deep frying didn't freak me out so much.

MaryBeth said...

Thank you so much for sharing our recipe with all of you blog friends. We made this dish again last week but this time instead of the orange sauce we made a brown gravy sort of like egg foo young. we put the chicken over rice again and then draped the gravy over top...YUMM-O