Earlier this year I stumbled on a recipe for orange chicken. My excitement took over, and I rushed to make delicious breaded chicken with a tangy sweet sauce. I love orange chicken; I love it so much it is hard to explain. The sauce is sweet and the ingredients are savory, making it mix perfectly. I love the thick texture of the sauce and the hints of garlic and other spices playing through the orange flavor. Orange chicken is my perfect comfort food that isn’t a comfort food.
I didn’t always love it. When I was a younger, pickier Megan, it was disgusting. All Asian food was disgusting; anything but cheese sandwiches were disgusting. Thankfully, I have come a long way since then.
I should note that this meal seems complicated. Well, it is not. For best results, split responsibilities between two people. My roommate handled the stir fry, and I concocted the sauce. It turned into a delicious partnership.
2 chicken breasts, diced
½ an onion
3 vegetables of your choice (I used bell peppers, mushrooms, and broccoli)
½ an orange, sliced
1 tablespoon canola oil
In a large frying pan on medium high heat, put oil in the pan. Let it sit for two minutes until heated. Add the chicken and onions. Cook until chicken is all white and onions are softened. Add the vegetables and orange. Cook until the mixture is done, making sure all parts are thoroughly heated. This can be different for many people, I like my stir fry less crunchy and more cooked, but others prefer the crunchy. Cook to your taste.
1¼ cup water
¼ cup orange juice
⅓ rice vinegar
2½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup brown sugar
1 clove of garlic
¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons water
In a medium sauce pan combine water, orange juice, rice vinegar and soy sauce on medium heat. Mix well. Add orange zest (graded orange rind), brown sugar, garlic and red pepper flakes. Bring the sauce to a boil, and reduce heat. In a small bowl or cup, mix water and corn starch. Slowly add the mixture to the sauce until it thickens. Pour over stir fry and enjoy!