On the last post I talked about my experience eating Creme Brulee French Toast at Cheesecake Factory. What I didn’t mention was, while I ordered the french toast, Jake ordered Orange Chicken.
I tried to talk him into a breakfast/brunch item, but he wanted Orange Chicken. Jake and his friend Tanner LOVE, Panda Express. Oh my. I’m just going to leave it at that.
What’s better than Orange Chicken at Panda? How about Orange Chicken at home! Way better.
I looked up recipes for Panda Orange Chicken (which btw is their #1 ordered menu item). I played with a few ideas and came up with my own (able to pronounce every ingredient) version.
Grant, Stephen and I thought this was delicious.
Jake still likes Panda’s better.
Orange Glazed Chicken
- 2 lbs chicken breast, cut in to bite size pieces
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 2 cups oil, canola or vegetable for frying
- Orange Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- zest of one orange
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Glaze for cooked chicken:
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 bunch green onions, divided 2/3 for glaze, 1/3 for garnish
- 1/4 cup water
- Mix the egg, salt, cornstarch, flour and cold water together in a bowl with a whisk. The batter should be smooth and about the consistency of pancake batter.
- Place the chicken pieces in the batter all at once. Mix thoroughly.
- Set aside.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees for warming chicken.
- Heat the oil in a wok or other deep pan on medium high heat, or about 350-375 degrees. When the oil is hot, cook chicken in batches (about 4 batches total) place chicken in pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes or until cooked through and light golden. Drain onto a pan lined with paper towels.
- Place in oven to keep warm.
- In another pan, make the orange sauce. Heat soy sauce, sugar, cider vinegar and orange zest together in saucepan. Cook over medium high heat until boiling. Reduce heat. Whisk o.j. and cornstarch together in a cup. Pour into hot vinegar mixture. Cook until thickened. Thin a bit with oj if needed. Turn off heat, leave pan on burner.
- Using a frying pan, heat the sesame oil, ginger, minced garlic and red pepper flakes over medium high heat. Cook for about one minute or until fragrant. Add rice vinegar, green onions, and water. Add cooked chicken pieces all at once. Cook just until chicken is coated. Remove from heat.
- Serve chicken with orange glaze over sticky rice. Garnish with remaining green onions.