I love, love, love the orange chicken at Panda Express. What I do not love is all those fat and calories. So when I thought about how I could bring that yummy orange flavor to my table with a ton less of those fat and/or calories I hate so much, I knew all I really had to do was not fry the chicken. Don't get me wrong, I love that fried crispy chicken that you get at restaurants, but with this recipe, I don't have to run an extra mile in the morning!
I did a search for orange chicken recipes and came up with this conglomeration of those ingredients used. This was the perfect dish to satisfy any craving you might have for orange chicken.
Orange Chicken Stir Fry
1 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 orange pepper, thinly sliced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup water, plus 1 Tablespoon; divided
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Place on plate or cookie sheet in a single layer. Put in freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and slice the chicken into thin slices or bite size chunks.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the orange juice, lemon juice, 1/3 cup water, vinegar, soy, garlic, sugar, pepper flakes, and ginger until well blended. In another bowl, mix together the cornstarch and the remaining 1 tablespoon water; stir until smooth. Set both aside.
In a wok or a large, deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil on medium high heat. Add the chicken and quickly stir fry until just cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Add the peppers and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes. Now, whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce, then immediately pour the sauce into the wok/skillet. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook until the sauce thickens. Add the green onions and toss to combine. Immediately remove from heat. Serve over rice. Enjoy!
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