Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Orange Chicken and Fried Rice

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts - cut into small cubes
1 1/2 cups flour
1 egg - beaten
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Oil for frying

Orange Sauce: (i double this recipe if cooking for more than 2 people)
1 cup water
2 TBSP fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 1/2 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP orange zest
1 rounded cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp ginger root - minced
1/2 tsp garlic -minced
red pepper flakes
3 TBSP cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Fried Rice:
olive oil
1 1/2 cups cooked white rice
1/2 cup finely chopped black forest ham
1 large carrot - finely chopped
1/2 onion - finely chopped
2 cloves garlic - minced
1/2 tsp ginger root - minced
*1/3 cup frozen peas (optional)
3 TBSP soy sauce
2 eggs

Combine flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Dip chicken pieces in egg and then toss in flour to coat. Heat a deep fryer to 375 degrees and cook chicken in batches until golden.
If you dont have a deep fryer, heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large skillet and cook chicken, turning frequently, until golden.

In a large saucepan combine the water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, lemon and orange juices. Blend well over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add brown sugar, garlic, ginger and orange zest. Bring to a boil and cook 3-5 minutes.
Mix cornstarch and 1/4 cup water; add slowly to boiling sauce and stir until thickened.

For the fried rice, heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add ham, garlic, ginger, onion, carrot and peas and saute 5-8 minutes. Remove from pan and scramble eggs breaking into small pieces. Add vegetables back to pan along with the rice and soy sauce. Heat through.

Serve chicken over rice with orange sauce, garnish with red pepper flakes and enjoy!!

**Allergy-free substitutions:
Soy sauce - GF soy sauce of choice
Flour - all purpose Gluten-free flour
Garlic - omit
Eggs - omit

Unfortunately there really is no substitution for an egg wash used in deep frying that works well. I just pan fried my chicken pieces in oil with salt and pepper.

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