Today, I will show you how to cook Orange Chicken, an easy and affordable recipe that is sure to impress your taste buds. Orange Chicken is a popular dish in Chinese cuisine, known for its tangy and sweet flavors. Let’s get started!
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 1 kilo of chicken breast
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of bread crumbs
- 1 cup of flour
For the marinade:
- 1 tsp of salt
- 2 tsp of ground pepper
- 1 orange
For the sauce:
- 2 tbsp of minced ginger
- 1 large bulb of minced garlic
- 2 tbsp of soy sauce
- 1 cup of honey
- 1 orange
- 2 tbsp of sesame seeds (roasted)
- 4 pcs of red chili
Now, let’s begin the cooking process, first our chicken:
- Start by preparing the chicken. Cut the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and set them aside.
- In a bowl, prepare the marinade. Combine 1 tsp of salt, 2 tsp of ground pepper, and the juice of one orange. Mix well.
- Place the chicken pieces in the marinade and let them marinate for at least 20 minutes. This will help to infuse the flavors and tenderize the chicken.
- While the chicken is marinating, prepare the coating. In separate bowls, place the flour, beaten eggs, and bread crumbs.
- Drench each marinated chicken piece in flour, ensuring it is coated evenly. Then, dip it into the beaten eggs, allowing any excess to drip off. Finally, coat the chicken in bread crumbs, pressing gently to make sure they adhere well.
- Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large frying pan. Carefully place the breaded chicken pieces into the hot oil and fry until they turn golden brown and crispy. Make sure to cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the oil and set it aside on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
For the sauce:
- Now, let’s prepare the delicious orange sauce. In a separate pan, sauté the minced ginger and minced garlic until fragrant.
- Add the soy sauce, honey, and the juice of another orange to the pan. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
- Next, add the red chilies and roasted sesame seeds to the sauce. These will add a hint of spice and a delightful nutty flavor to the dish. Mix everything thoroughly.
- Once the sauce is well-mixed, add the fried chicken to the pan. Gently toss the chicken in the sauce, making sure each piece is evenly coated.
- Allow the chicken to simmer in the sauce for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. The sauce will thicken slightly and coat the chicken beautifully.
- Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the Orange Chicken to a serving dish. Garnish it with some freshly chopped green onions and sesame seeds for an added touch of freshness and presentation.
Serve your homemade Orange Chicken hot with steamed rice or noodles. The combination of the crispy chicken and the tangy-sweet orange sauce is simply irresistible!
Now, it’s time to enjoy your delicious homemade Orange Chicken. This recipe is not only easy to make but also budget-friendly, allowing you to enjoy a restaurant-quality dish in the comfort of your own home. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to tantalize your taste buds with this flavorful and satisfying dish. Happy cooking!