Thursday, June 14, 2012

Orange Sesame Chicken

recipe slightly adapted from Jamie Cooks it Up

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy and quickly this recipe came together. Great dish for an "Oh!  It's dinner time already!" moment. It takes about 30-45 minutes to come together start to finish. I think when I make it again, I might try to decrease the soy sauce a bit and see how that affects the sauce because it did taste a little heavy on the soy and not as orange-flavored as I expected.  

4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons olive (or canola) oil

1/2 cup fresh orange juice (you'll need about 2 large oranges)
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
4 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon orange peel/zest (loosely packed)
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

1. Pour 1/2 cup flour into a medium sized bowl and sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon salt into it. Toss it together with fork to combine.
2.  Cut your chicken into large chunks and dip them each into the flour, making sure all sides are coated.
3.  Heat a large skillet up over medium high heat.  Once the pan is hot, pour 2-3 tablespoons olive or canola oil into pan.
4. Once the oil has gotten hot, place your chicken into the pan. Let the chicken get nice and golden brown.  Then turn each piece over and let it get golden brown on the other side.
5.  While your chicken is cooking, zest one orange.
6. Squeeze the juice from 2 oranges (You will need about 1/2 cup of fresh orange juice)
7. Pour your orange juice, and 1 Tablespoon (loosely packed ) orange zest into a small mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup soy sauce, 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar, 4 Tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 cup cold water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Stir it all together until the cornstarch has dissolved and everything is mixed well.
8. Once your chicken is golden on both sides, pour the orange sauce over the chicken.  Bring the sauce to a simmer, cover, and let it cook for 10-15 minutes over medium low heat stirring occasionally.
9.  When  the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thick and bubbly, pour 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds over the top of the chicken.  Stir it around to combine.  Serve over white or brown rice.

Serves 6

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