Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tasty Thursday

(Not the picture of our dinner. I forgot to take a picture. This is the actual meal from Cheescake Factory.)

I had some of you asking for the Orange Chicken Recipe that I talked about on my Facebook well here it is.

1 1/2 pounds Chicken thighs--skinless trimmed and cut in 1 1/2 inch pieces (I used breast)
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
6 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup dark brown sugar--packed
3 cloves garlic--mincedd or pressed
1 piece (1 inch size) ginger--grated
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch PLUS
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
8 strips orange peel (each about 2 inches long by 1/2 inch wide)
8 small whole dried red chiles--optional (I left these out and it was still good)
***Coating and Frying***
3 large egg whites
1 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups peanut oil (again I used something differnet. Lil' E is allergic to nuts)

FOR THE MARINADE AND SAUCE: Place chicken in 1 gallon zipper-lock bag; set aside. Combine chicken broth, orange juice, grated zest, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, adn cayenne in large saucepan (with at least 3-quart capacity); whisk until sugar is fully dissolved. Measure out 3/4 cup mixture and pour into bag with chicken; press out as much air as possible and seal bag, making sure that all pieces are coated with marinade. Refrigerate 30 to 60 minutes, but no longer.

Bring remaining mixture in saucepan to boil over high heat. In small bowl, stir together cornstarch and cold water; whisk cornstarch mixture into sauce. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, until thick and translucent, about 1 minute. Off heat, stir in orange peel and chiles (sauce should measure 1 1/2 cups); set sauce aside.

FOR THE COATING: Place egg whites in pie plate; using fork, beat until frothy. In second pie plate, whisk cornstarch, cayenne, and baking soda until combined. Drain chicken in colander or large mesh strainer; thoroughly pat chicken dry with paper towels. Place half of chicken pieces in egg whites and turn to coat; transfer pieces to cornstarch mixture and coat thoroughly. Place dredged chicken pieces on wire rack set over baking sheet; repeat with remaining chicken.

TO FRY THE CHICKEN: Heat oil in 11- to 12-inch Dutch oven or straight-sided saute pan with at least 3-quart capacity over high heat until oil registers 350 degrees on instant-read or deep-fry thermometer. Carefully place half of chicken in oil one piece at a time; fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes, turning each piece with tongs halfway through cooking. Transfer chicken to large plate lined with paper towels. Return oil to 350 degrees and repeat with remaining chicken.TO SERVE: Reheat sauce over medium heat until simmering, about 2 minutes. Add chicken and gently toss until evenly coated and heated through. Serve immediately.

I served this over rice like at the restaurant. You can also add the snow peas and julienned carrots as well.

The first time around I fried the chicken. However, next time I don't think I would coat the chicken and fry it. I am going to try just cooking my chicken. This will save time and be alot healthier. Good luck.



That sounds so yummy. Now I'm going to have to find a poor substitute in my kitchen - I haven't had lunch yet!!