Crispy Orange Chicken


Crispy Orange Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken:
  • 2 1/2 pounds  chicken breasts  (cut into 1-inch chunks)
  • 1 cup  cornstarch 
  • 1/4 cup  flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 2  eggs  (beaten)
  •  Canola oil for frying 

Orange Sauce:
  • 1 cup  Orange Juice 
  • 1/4 cup  white sugar 
  • 1/4 cup  brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons  rice vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup  soy sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon  fresh ginger  (minced)
  • 2 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1  orange zested 
  • 1 tablespoon  cornstarch 

Garnish:
  •  Green onions  (chopped)
  •  Orange zest 


Instructions

Chicken:
  1. In a large, shallow bowl, whisk cornstarch flour, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add beaten eggs to another bowl.
  3. Pour about 2 inches of canola oil into a deep frying pan and heat it over medium-high heat.
  4. Dip the chicken pieces into the beaten eggs.
  5. Add the chicken chunks to the cornstarch mixture and toss until well coated. Work in batches.
  6. Cook it in batches in the hot oil until golden and crispy.
  7. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Orange Sauce:
  1. To the same pan add orange juice, white and brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and red chili flakes. Heat for 3 minutes over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water to form a paste.
  3. Add the paste to orange sauce and whisk together. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Once the sauce is thickened, reduce the flame to low and stir in orange zest.
  5. Add chicken back to the pan and toss with orange sauce. You may reserve some of the sauce to drizzle on rice.
  6. Serve it with a sprinkling of green onions and orange zest.

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