One of my favorite take-out meals would absolutely have to be orange chicken. There’s something so comforting about that flavor combination of sweet and savory that really just hits the spot. However, we all know that it’s not something that we should have too often since the chicken is generally fried.
This weeks recipe, courtesy of I am a food blog, solves that dilemma with an awesome home-made baked orange chicken recipe!
You can find this recipe right -> here!
Baking vs Frying Orange Chicken
I think we can all agree that fried foods are just always so delicious. Especially when there’s chicken involved! That crispy coating is so delightful. But before I get ahead of myself, I just want to be clear. There will always be a difference in fried and baked chicken. However, there are ways to achieve that crisp coating without having to fry anything at all!
The trick for the baking method is to coat the chicken pieces in corn starch. Again, it will not be the same kind of crispiness, but I guarantee you that it will satisfy everyone at the table with zero complaints.
That’s the beauty of cooking right there. You can utilize different methods in order to achieve similar textures and even flavors. Out of all the baked recipes I’ve tried for chicken, this one happens to be my favorite success!
Does the Orange Sauce Work?
The reason I ask this is I tried multiple home made orange chicken recipes and while the chicken is a big component for flavor and texture, the sauce is where the main focus is. At least for me!
I’ve tried recipes where the sauce is more orange flavored than anything else. If you give this recipe a chance, I guarantee you that you’ll enjoy it. It only requires 4 ingredients: orange juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar. It’s as simple as that! Then, just heat it up until it forms a thickened sauce. That, of course, is thanks to the remaining tablespoon of corn starch.
When the chicken is ready and the sauce is thickened, you really get that fantastic final result when the two are combined. Like I said, I’ve tried multiple recipes for orange chicken, but this one really knocked it out of the park. I cannot praise it enough. It’s definitely going to be added into my recipe rotation.
I’ve been making a lot of chicken dishes that can usually pair well with sides, such as rice, potatoes, or veggies. In order to reduce the amount of carbs we consume, I’ve been using a lot of cauliflower rice. It’s a great substitute for the texture of rice! I sometimes rice it on my own, but to keep the mess down, I buy frozen cauliflower rice. Most grocery stores carry it now, so it shouldn’t be a problem finding it!
Grey’s Grade: 5/5
I know I’m not the only one who has long and stressful weeks. During such times, do we feel like standing in the kitchen and cooking for an hour only to sit down and finish the meal in minutes? Even as someone who loves to cook, I can tell you that the answer is: NO.
This recipe comes together incredibly quickly! Once you have the sauce ready and the chicken baking in the oven, you’re only a little bit of time away before you can sit down and enjoy a tasty meal. I think that’s a big part of why I really enjoy this recipe. It’s quick, simple, and incredibly satisfying after a long day.
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