Orange Chicken

by Michelle on July 8, 2008

We enjoy Oriental food but we have one of the best Chinese Restaurants in our Village and it’s owned by a friend of mine too! So I rarely ever cook anything that I know Wendy can make better then I ever could. But sometimes no one wants to make the food run and so I have to buckle down and make my own…and this was that kind of day.

The recipe I have calls for the chicken to be deep fried but I sauteed the breaded chicken in Olive Oil and I’ve also used leftover sauteed chicken and it tastes just as good.





Orange Chicken

2 boneless skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 c Flour
1/4-1/2 c Almonds, finely ground
Salt and freshly ground Pepper
1 TBL EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Orange Sauce:
1 ½ cups water
1/2 c freshly squeezed Orange Juice
Zest of 1 Orange
2 TBL lemon juice
1/3 c rice vinegar (sometimes I use Balsamic Vinegar)
2 1/2 TBL soy sauce
1/2 -1 c packed brown sugar, adjust to taste
½ tsp ginger root, minced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 Green Onions, chopped (save some for the garnish)
¼ tsp Hot Hungarian Paprika
3 TBL Cornstarch
1/4 c Water

1. Combine flour, ground almonds, salt, and pepper. Lightly bread each piece of chicken in the flour mix. Set aside.

2. Pour the EVOO in a large, heavy bottomed skillet and heat over medium heat.

3. Add the breaded chicken pieces and saute until golden brown on all sides. Set aside.

4. While the chicken is cooking, in a large saucepan combine 1 1/2 cups water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger garlic, and onion. Bring to a boil.

5. Combine cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens. Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and if desired add red pepper flakes and garnish with green onions. Enjoy.

If you’re a lover of Orange Chicken, then this recipe is for you!






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Comments

  • OhioMom July 8, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Looks yummy !

  • giz July 9, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Now I have to tell you – that looks out of sight – I love it and I’ll make it and I’m sure I’ll enjoy every mouthful

  • Michelle July 9, 2008 at 1:27 am

    Oh it was so good too! I was planning on some leftovers for lunch the next day, but we ate all of it!Giz, I forgot to mention that I did not deep fry the breaded chicken. I just sauteed mine in butter and EVOO.

  • Linda July 9, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Looks so inviting. I’m sure it was great for the chicken to borrow a delicate orange flavor but what intrigues me is the orange and green onion paring. Will definitely give it a try! Thank you for your entry.

  • Lucy..♥ July 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Looks great and yummy too!

  • Deborah July 10, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I love orange chicken, and this looks fabulous!

  • Anonymous July 11, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    That looks SO good. Your updated version looks even better than the original. I’m going to make my own version of this ASAP. Thanks for the recipe!

  • cindy* July 12, 2008 at 1:53 am

    this looks fantastic! i make a similar orange chicken, but with cornstarch coating…i may have to try the almond meal however.

  • Tarah at Genesis of a Cook July 12, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Mmmm, Orange Chicken is so good. I love to have it whenever I can :]

  • Sonya July 31, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I just put the recipe on my blog…and this is so delicious..hmmm…your’s look delicious too…my family want a remake lloll

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