Sunday, August 24, 2008

Orange Chicken

What on earth did I do before Melanie Gunnell and her food blog?! She has brought so many delicious recipes into my life! This one is so good! Sweet, orange flavored, perfect chicken dinner awaits...!

From: Melanie

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2" cubes
1/2 cup flour (or organic wheat rice flour to be GF)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce (or All Natural Bragg Liquid Aminos to be GF)
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely minced ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons green onion
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Heat oven to 350. In a shallow dish combine the flour, garlic powder and pepper. Dip each piece of chicken in flour mixture and coat evenly.

Melt butter and pour into a shallow baking dish, large enough to accommodate chicken in a single layer. Arrange chicken in pan and bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine water, fresh orange juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, orange zest and whisk over medium heat for a few minutes. Then stir in brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and green onion(Cody doesn't eat green onion, so I omitted this) and let it come to a boil. Combine cornstarch with water and let it dissolve and add it to the sauce until thickened.

After chicken has baked the 30 minutes, turn each piece over and pour 1/2 sauce mixture evenly over chicken. Bake another 30 to 40 minutes basting frequently.

Serve chicken over rice with extra sauce on the side.


Melanie said...

Chels - you are too sweet. I'm glad you like my recipes. I use yours all the time, too!

Amanda on Maui said...

I'm going to make this for dinner tonight. Thank you for posting it.