16 of 52: orange chicken

i feel like i’m on a roll this week catching up with my recipe challenges! don’t worry though, i’m about to slow down….

last night we had orange chicken…and it was sooo yummy!

while we were on our fast, we accidentally ordered sweet and sour chicken one night…we had both forgotten that the chicken is fried. we got home and matt realized our uh-oh. so, we carefully packed the chicken into a ziploc and threw it into the freezer to use after the fast.

well, after both of us not feeling all that well, we decided easy is best for cooking dinner. i had already used pinterest to find an orange chicken recipe that i wanted to try and suggested that for our dinner. the recipe also has directions for how to make the crispy chicken, but we only needed the sauce. all we would have to do is take the chicken our of the freezer in the afternoon, make some rice and the sauce whenever we got hungry, and dinner could be done in 20 minutes!

unlike the other recipe, this one i followed exactly…until i’m more comfortable combining asian flavors and ingredients, i thought it best to leave it to the professionals!

here is the original recipe! since we only used the sauce, i’m just including that part, feel free to visit the creator’s blog if you want to try the whole thing!

orange chicken

1 1/2 C. water

1/4 C. orange juice

1/3 C. rice wine vinegar

2 1/2 T. soy sauce

1 T. orange zest, grated

1 C. packed brown sugar

1/2 t. ginger root, minced

1/2 t. garlic, minced

1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes

2 T. water

3 T. cornstarch

in a large saucepan combine water, orange juice, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce over medium heat. blend well for a few minutes. stir in orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes and bring to a boil. combine water and cornstarch together in separate bowl. slowly pour the cornstarch into the orange juice mixture to thicken the sauce. serve over prepared chicken and rice.

this was altogether a really great recipe…it was simple, quick, and easy to follow. plus, the simplicity of it was perfect and not too intense–all we had to do otherwise was heat our chicken through and make rice for a yummy dinner!

unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to take any pictures, but be sure to visit the creator of the recipe–she has some great photos of her process!

getting better at making asian dinners,

matt & rachel


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