Asian Orange Chicken
1 1/2 cups water
2 TBSP orange juice*
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar or red wine vinegar
2 1/2 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP grated orange zest
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 garlic cloves minced
2 TBSP chopped green onion
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup orange juice*
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 TBSP olive oil
Pour 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, 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. Remove from heat, and cool 10 to 15 minutes.
Place the chicken pieces into a resealable plastic bag. When contents of saucepan have cooled, pour 1 cup of sauce into bag. Reserve the remaining sauce. Seal the bag, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
In another resealable plastic bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken into the skillet, and brown on both sides. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels, and cover with aluminum foil.
Add the sauce to the skillet and mix together the flour and 1/4 cup of orange juice; stir into the sauce. Over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sauce starts to boil and thickens. Very lightly drizzle sauce over chicken and serve with rice and vegetables.
*I juice the orange that I zested to get the orange juice for the recipe.
Step that can be completed ahead of time: Sauce can be made the day before or the morning of. Flour mixture can be mixed in a bag the day before or morning of as well. Chicken can be diced the morning and be marinating during the afternoon.
We really enjoy this dish, especially the chicken. The sauce is pretty strong so we prefer to add just a small drizzle over the chicken, vegetables and rice. Thanks to allrecipes.com for the inspiration for this dish.