Friday, August 15, 2014

Baked orange chicken


 We all know my family love Chinese food. But when I order take out Chinese, I think twice especially because of my tot. This homemade orange chicken however, doesn't require a single drop of oil! My tot is not a huge fan of chicken or any kind of big chunk of meat for that matter. He would still eat it but I always have to cut the meat into tiny little pieces so he can enjoy it better. But these bite-sized orange chicken was a huge hit even though this small pieces are about 5 times bigger than his usual bite-sized meat. Without a single drop of oil, it's so crispy. He kept asking for more "crispy". =)

Oh come to think of it, this was some fancy orange chicken. We don't usually keep orange juice in the house so I used the citrus juicer once again for the juice. Extra fresh orange chicken. =P
If you don't want the heat, just skip the crushed chili. I scooped out half of sauce before adding chili to make it not spicy for my tot and it was still very tasty. 


Baked orange chicken

*serves 2-3

Ingredients :
1 lbs chicken tenderloin, cubed
2 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten

2 Tbsp water
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp corn starch + 1 Tbsp water

Directions :

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.(You can use foil but I find parchment paper works better.)Dip the chicken in the egg and coat them with breadcrumbs. Place them on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a sauce pan, add all sauce ingredients except corn starch+water mixture. Bring it to boil. Stir corn starch + water mixture before adding in and add it to the sauce and keep stirring until it starts boiling again. Simmer until thickens, 2-3 minutes more. 

3. Toss chicken in the sauce or drizzle the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle chopped spring onion. 

*Recipe adapted from Kirbie's cravings.

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