Surprisingly, I'd never tried to reproduce this magic at home. I had no clue where to even start... I'm not huge into frying food for obvious reasons. The fat, the flying spitting oil, the time... ugh. No thanks. Too much effort, not enough payback. UNTIL NOW!
Two events came together that made me think that I might be able to pull this off and not hate myself in the morning. 1st, split chicken breasts went on sale for .98lb! That's awesome! I immediately started meal planning and trolling my usual blog haunts for yummy chicken recipes... 2nd, I found one! A gluten free spicy orange chicken recipe popped up on my screen and I knew it was fate. Time to dive in, forks and oil at the ready.
|And OMG was it worth it!|
Spicy Orange Chicken
adapted from here
3 Chicken Breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 Oranges, juiced
2 cups Rice
2 cups of your favorite frying oil (I used veggie)
1/2 cup Cornstarch + 2 tsp separate for the sauce
1 tsp Salt
3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 TBSP Rice Vinegar
2 TBSP Soy Sauce
1 tsp Garlic Chili Sauce
1/4 cup Honey, heaping (don't be stingy on this!)
1 inch Grated Ginger
2 cups of your favorite stir fry veggies (I used broccoli, pineapple and yellow pepper)
1) First, prep all your meat and veggies by washing, chopping, etc. Set aside.
|I fracking love broccoli|
|.98lb chicken...nothing better.|
2) Get your rice started according to package directions. It can be cooking while you work on everything else.
3) Put your 1/2 cup of cornstarch and salt in a bowl and stir together until well blended.
5) Throw about 10-15 pieces in the cornstarch and toss to coat. Shake off any excess cornstarch before you put them in the pan.
|The magic has begun.|
10) While your last round of chicken is cooking, prep your sauce. Combine your orange juice, rice vinegar, honey, chili sauce (optional), soy, garlic & ginger into a cup or bowl and whisk to combine. Add the last 2 tsp of cornstarch to your mix and whisk to combine.
|My sister's hand, not mine.|
|See all the garlic & chili bits in there?? MMMM...|
|So wonderful. Magic.|
|Almost done...so excited!|
|Ignore the dribbles of cornstarch in the background.|
|You can't tell me that doesn't look good.|
14) Stir the sauce around until it coats everything, and let it come up to a bubble. Once it bubbles, the sauce will turn into that thick wonderful delight we associate with takeout. Once it bubbles, you're ready to eat! Plate up some rice and go to town!
|Holy mother of yum.|