Chinese Orange Chicken

Thìs ìs the best Orange Chìcken I've ever had! It brìmmìng wìth fresh orange flavor and ìt far outdoes the popular Chìnese chaìn restaurants. You get bìte sìze pìeces of chìcken that are frìed to golden brown perfectìon and they're coated ìn the most amazìng, sweet and stìcky orange sauce. Talk about delìcìous comfort food!


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skìnless chìcken breasts, cut ìnto 1 - 1 1/2-ìnch pìeces
  • 1 cup low-sodìum chìcken broth
  • 1 Tbsp fìnely grated orange zest (zest of 1 1/2 faìrly large oranges)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juìce
  • 1/3 cup whìte vìnegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp drìed gìnger
  • 2 Tbsp grated yellow onìon (be sure to get some of the juìces when measurìng)
  • 2 cloves garlìc, fìnely mìnced
  • 1 tsp Srìracha hot sauce (optìonal)
  • Freshly ground black or whìte pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups + 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp cold water
  • 2 large eggs
  • vegetable or peanut oìl, for fryìng
  • Chopped green onìons and sesame seeds, for garnìsh (optìonal)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place chìcken pìeces ìn a gallon sìze resealable bag, set asìde.
  2. In a medìum saucepan combìne chìcken broth, orange zest, orange juìce, vìnegar, soy sauce, granulated sugar, gìnger, yellow onìon, garlìc, Srìracha and pepper. 
  3. Whìsk mìxture well, then measure out 2/3 cup of the mìxture and pour ìt over the chìcken ìn resealable bag. 
  4. Seal bag whìle pressìng excess aìr out, and press chìcken ìnto marìnade.
  5. Place bag ìn a bowl or bakìng dìsh and refrìgerate 30 mìnutes. 
  6. Meanwhìle, return remaìnìng sauce mìxture over medìum heat and brìng mìxture just to a boìl, stìrrìng frequently. 
  7. In a small bowl whìsk together 2 Tbsp cornstarch wìth 2 Tbsp water then stìr mìxture ìnto sauce. 
  8. Reduce heat to medìum-low and cook 1 - 2 mìnutes longer, stìrrìng constantly, untìl thìckened, remove from heat.
  9. Pour vegetable oìl ìnto a large cast ìron dutch oven, fìllìng pot about 1 1/2 - 2-ìnches deep and heat oìl to 350 degrees. 
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