Orange Chicken

Recipe Update (3/5/14): We made this orange chicken again and it was so delicious! I updated the recipe based on what we had at home and the chicken was even more delicious than it was before. This is a great homemade/better than takeout orange chicken recipe!

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After a few failed attempts at trying to make good Chinese food from home, we had almost completely given up hope that it was possible. When we’ve attempted in the past we tried to get past the ‘completely breaded and deep fried meat’ idea. And that my friends is where our problem was. Chinese food in its greatest form is meant to be deep friend and then smothered in a tasty sauce. Or at least American Chinese food. And I know this means our recipe isn’t the healthiest, but it’s not like we’ll be eating this once a week or probably not even once a month. But when I want American Chinese food – my taste buds and stomach are going to be just as happy with this orange chicken as they would be if we ordered take out from a restaurant.

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Slightly adapted from these two recipes : Blogchef and the Noshery

Orange Chicken.

Ingredients

    For the chicken:
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups panko crumbs
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2.5 TBS soy sauce
  • 3 TBS rice vinegar
  • rind from 1/2 orange
  • 1 cup and 3 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 TBS cornstarch

Directions

  1. Preheat your deep fryer or a large pot filled with oil to 350-375 degrees.
  2. Cut your chicken into inch sized pieces.
  3. Prepare 3 separate medium sized bowls for breading your chicken.
  4. One bowl with your eggs and water, whipped together.
  5. A second bowl with your flour, cornstarch, pepper and salt mixed together.
  6. A third bowl with your panko crumbs.
  7. Dip your pieced of chicken first in your egg and water mixture, then in your flour mixture, back in your egg mixture again and then into your panko. Set aside.
  8. Cook chicken pieces in your deep fryer for 3-4 minutes until bread crumbs are golden and chicken is fully cooked.
  9. Remove chicken from oil and place on paper towels to remove some oil.
  10. Meanwhile combine your water, orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sguar, orange zest, red pepper, ginger and garlic in a medium sized sauce pan.
  11. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  12. Combine your water and corn starch in a small bowl.
  13. Pour your corn starch mixture into your sauce.
  14. Keep the sauce over medium heat, stirring occasionally until desired thickness is reached.
  15. Pour sauce over chicken (and rice) to serve.
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 Enjoy this better than take out homemade orange chicken for dinner!

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9 Comments

  1. The photos of the final product look fantastic. They trick you into thinking you can taste all that deliciousness.

  2. YUM! I have always wanted to make orange chicken. I wouldn't even KNOW where to start though! Now I do. Even though I'll probably still ruin them. HA! But thanks for linking this up to my blog, I'm sure other people will love it too! :) Hope to see you linking up next Wednesday!?

  3. Oh, wow! That looks so delicious! I think my grandchildren would even like that.

  4. Vanessa · · Reply

    I made this and me and my friend loved it! No one else in the house cared for it too much however because it was super orange tasting and we only used half of the recommended zest.

    1. Vanessa, I’m glad that you liked it!! Sorry that the orange flavor was too strong for some people though! Maybe you could use less orange juice concentrate next time as well, as I think that’s where a lot of the flavor is from as well?

  5. Is OJ concentrate the frozen stuff still frozen or juice? I am going to try and make this tonight. ..it looks delicious and not too difficult.

    1. Yep, I just used a little bit of the frozen orange juice concentrate itself (without any water added yet)

  6. Mmmm!!! This makes me want Chinese food! Pinning!

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