Orange chicken is a popular Chinese takeout dish. The marinated chicken pieces are fried and then coated with a delicious orange sauce.
Servings 4 servings
- 1.5 lbs boneless , skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup cornstarch
- Canola oil , for frying
- 1 tsp olive oil , for sauteeing
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Chinese wine , or dry sherry
- 1 egg white
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- ¼ cup chicken stock
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 1 clove garlic , minced or grated
- 1 tsp cornstarch , dissolved in 1 tbsp water
- Salt to taste
In a large bowl, combine together the ingredients for the marinade. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes. Drain well and then discard the marinade.
Spread 1 cup cornstarch in a large bowl. Add the marinated chicken and toss to coat. Shake off any excess cornstrach.
Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or heavy- bottomed pot. Deep fry the chicken pieces, in batches, until golden brown, around 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Transfer the browned chicken on a plate lined with paper towel. Set aside.
Prepare the sauce:
In a medium bowl, combine the orange juice, stock, cider vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar and orange zest. Set aside.
In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 20 seconds. Add the orange juice mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cornstarch mixture (1 teaspoon cornstrach dissolved in 1 tablespoon water), stirring until the sauce has thickens. Season with salt. Remove from the heat.
Add the browned chicken pieces into the orange sauce. Mix until the chicken is well coated with the orange sauce.
Transfer the chicken to a plate and serve.
Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg