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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Easy Orange Chicken

***Because of some technical glitch somewhere on my computer....the post for my "Easy Orange Chicken" was deleted. I don't know what happened or where it went...but it is floating around in cyber space somewhere, lost forever. Needless to say I am reposting the recipe....BUT without a picture because it too was deleted. I apologize for any inconvenience or trouble this has caused and hope you will try the recipe anyway.

Easy Orange Chicken

I, like many other others in my family, love Panda Express (oriental "fast food type" restaurant). My favorite dish there is the Orange Chicken (really-all of it is my favorite...but I get the Orange Chicken every time I go). My daughter found this recipe several years ago and gave it to me to try out. The kids were all a little skeptical when I said that it was going to taste like the "real stuff"...I don't think they believed me BUT NOW we make it all the time and my family scarfs down every last bite, EACH AND EVERY time I make it. It has quickly become one of their favorite foods.


1 bag (approximately 36 oz) of fully-cooked/frozenboneless chicken chunks
(I used the Great Value "Walmart" brand) cooked according to instructions on the bag.

Sauce:
2 c. water
8 t oil
4 dash garlic powder

Bring to a boil.

Add:
12 T. soy sauce
12 T. water
2 1/2 c. sugar
2 1/2 c. white vinegar

Orange Zest (optional)

Thickening:
6-8 T. water
6-8 T. cornstarch

Mix water and cornstarch together. Stir until smooth, set aside.

Stir all ingredients continually (so it won't stick). Bring sauce to a boil. Add thickening a little at time. Don't add all of it at the same time because you don't want your sauce to be too thick. Stir with a whisk until sauce is thickened. Add more thickening as needed and until sauce is at the desired thickness. If you want orange sauce thicker, make more thickening and add a little bit at a time. Add orange zest for more of an "orange flavor". Pour sauce over cooked chicken and serve immediately. Serve with steamed rice.

Happy Cooking~
Julie

5 comments:

  1. Hi, this sounds really good, I'm always on the hunt for good, easy asian dishes. I noticed there's no orange juice or anything, what gives it the "orange" flavor?

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  2. Bert and Benton,
    Thanks for checking out our recipe blog. This dish will make you smile, not only is it easy but its so yummy. No, there is no orange juice in it...this particular recipe tastes like the orange chicken that you get from Panda Express. It has more of a sweet, tangy taste than a strong orange taste. If you like a little more orange flavor, you could add some orange zest, I bet that would be good too. Let me know how you like it.
    ~Julie

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  3. Julie (Hi! I'm a friend of Dayna's!) Quick question on the dash of garlic? Is that actual garlic? Or garlic salt, or garlic powder??? Let me know!

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  4. Cheree,
    I use garlic powder in mine...sorry, I should have specified. I will do that right now, thanks for pointing that out. I hope that you love this recipe like our family does. You will have to let me know what you think after you try it. Thanks for checking out our blog.
    Julie~

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  5. I saw the picture before that post was lost, I am most defianletly going to try this dish out.

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