Friday, July 8, 2011

Sweet and Spicy Orange Chicken

Before, I posted Lemon Chicken, which I did not cook but just ordered in a local restaurant. You can back read it here or browse and read more about it later on. What I did cooked and prepared was Orange Chicken. It is a famous recipe of the Chinese and I find it interesting to cook since we have stock of oranges and I have chicken in the fridge.

Enticing Orange Chicken which is sweet, sour and spicy
orange chicken

I just look online for the ingredients needed and I checked my stocks one by one and it was complete. I have just added some spice because sweet and sour for me and hubby will just be dull to eat if there was no spice so I put chili flakes on this beautiful dish.

Orange chicken can’t be that complicated to prepare. You just need to fry the chicken bits and set it aside and then prepare for the sauce that you are going to mix with the cooked chicken later on. I will post here what are the ingredients needed and the methods of how to prepare orange chicken.

Ingredients for Sweet and Spicy Orange Chicken:

Chicken (breast part)
3 tbsp. Orange juice (I did use 1 fresh orange here)
Ginger-garlic paste (1/2 teaspoon)
Ground black pepper
Vegetable oil
Egg (1)
Soy sauce (3 tbsp).
Vinegar (you can also use rice wine if you have) (3 tbsp.)
Spring onions
Brown sugar (3/4 cups)
Lemon juice (2 tbsps.)
Chili flakes (optional)
Sesame seeds (optional)

Methods for Cooking / Preparing Orange Chicken Recipe:

Fresh Oranges for this delicious recipe
sweet oranges

Step 1: Frying the Chicken: Before frying the chicken, cut it into bits or smaller pieces. Beat an egg and roll the chicken meat and then put it next to flour with salt and ground black pepper into it. Place on a separate plate and then fry in a hot oil. Keep the fried chicken bits aside while you still needed to prepare the sauce.

This should be the correct color of your chicken which was fried
chicken fried bits

Step 2: Orange Chicken Sauce: Keep these ingredients together 1 ½ teacup of water, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger-garlic paste, orange juice and lemon juice. Put all together in a pan except the orange juice and lemon juice. Keep the rest of the ingredients to a boil before you add the orange juice and the lemon juice. After 5 minutes you can now add your brown sugar. I just put ¾ cups of brown sugar here, but if that is too much for your taste, you can just use tablespoons of sugar and taste the mixture so that you can determine the consistency that you wanted.

Once the taste is okay for you, you can now add cornstarch in water and mix it along with the sauce to make it thicker. You can now add the fried chicken bits until the water drains and leave it saucy or gravy looking. Sprinkle it with fresh spring onions for garnishing.

Sweet, Sour and Spicy Orange Chicken that you will love!

I just put those sliced oranges for the decoration, but if you want to serve it in the table just like that, go ahead, by all means you can do it. In cooking Orange Chicken, most would use readymade orange juice in can or packs. But for me, I did use 1 whole freshly squeezed orange to make this recipe even more delicious. I do hope you like it and try it also at home and make your husband and kids happy.


moirai said...

Ahh! Now that looks way better than the Chicken Lemon you bought. =)

Cherrey said...

lovely presentation! i wonder how it will go with royal orange?

Strawberrychocodahi said...

@Moirai- yes, indeed it was more delicious!
@Cherry- dear, don't use soda drinks on this recipe, you can use 100% orange juice but not soda please, its not healthy to include sodas..

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