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I originally found this recipe on The Sisters Cafe, but I wanted to make it a little healthier so I changed it up a little. The ingredients are basically the same, but instead of frying the chicken, I brown it (to keep it juicy) in either a small amount of oil, or with cooking spray, and then I bake it in the oven.

We love this recipe at my house and it has been a big hit with guests too. Try it out and see what you think!

Orange Chicken
Adapted from The Sisters Cafe

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Ingredients:

Sauce and Marinade:
1 1/2 cups water
2 TB orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 TB soy sauce
1 TB grated orange zest
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic
2 TB chopped green onion
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
3 TB cornstarch
2 TB water

Chicken:
2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite size cubes
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup flour

Small amount of oil or cooking spray for browning chicken

Directions:

1- Pour 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan and set over medium-high heat.  Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil. Mix together cornstarch and water. Pour into sauce mixture and whisk until smooth.

2-In a bowl, stir together the egg, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, mix together corn starch and flour. Dip chicken pieces into egg mixture and then into corn starch mixture. Place in pan with oil or cooking spray and brown on each side. This should only take a few minutes on each side. You want it browned, not cooked.

3-Place 1 cup of sauce in a bowl. Dip each piece of browned chicken into the sauce and place on a foil lined cookie sheet. Once all the chicken has been dipped, do not use this sauce anymore, it needs dumped since the chicken was not fully cooked.

4-Cook the chicken at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until white throughout.

I like to serve this on top of brown rice then drizzle the remaining sauce over the top. I also like to throw some bell pepper and onion on top of the chicken before it goes in the oven.

Enjoy!

-Jaeme

 

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