Chinese Orange Chicken

Thank goodness it is almost the weekend!!  Can I get an “amen” on that??  Seriously. 😉

For your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure, I have a super simple orange chicken recipe by Damn Delicious.  I have been cooking a TON of stuff from that blog lately – it is so fresh, simple, minimal, and easy!  Oh, and not to mention…delicious.

This chicken does require some marinade time…I marinated it overnight, but the minimum marinade time is at least 30 minutes. 

Chinese Orange Chicken

serves 4

For the chicken
-1lb boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
-1cu and 2tbsp cornstarch, divided
-2 large eggs, beaten
-1cu vegetable oil
-1/2tsp sesame seeds
-1 green onion, thinly sliced
For the marinade
-1cu chicken broth
-1/2cu freshly squeezed orange juice
-1/2cu sugar
-1/3cu distilled white vinegar
-1/4cu soy sauce
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1tbsp orange zest
-1tsp Sriracha sauce, or more, to taste
-1/4tsp ground ginger
-1/4tsp white pepper

-To make the marinade, whisk together chicken broth, orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, orange zest, Sriracha, ginger and white pepper in a large bowl.
-In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken and 2/3 cup of the marinade; marinate for at least 30 minutes (overnight, if you can!), turning the bag occasionally. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade.
-Once you’re ready to cook, drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade.
-Heat remaining marinade in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir in 2 tablespoons cornstarch combined with 2 tablespoons water. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened about 1-2 minutes, then keep warm.
-Dip the chicken into the eggs, then dredge in remaining 1 cup cornstarch, pressing to coat.
-Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan or wok. Add chicken and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 1-2 minutes. If you’re working in batches, transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate, to soak up the excess oil.
-Serve chicken immediately, tossed or drizzled with the marinade, garnished with sesame seeds and green onion, if desired.


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