It’s snowing here – well, raining at the moment, but snow by the evening. Never mind my garden is planted with tomatoes, three kinds of peppers, tomatillos, and zucchini, all raised in the house nursery over the past few months. Sigh.
It’s Colorado and we are always prepared for snow, so I’ve got everything ready to be covered and protected as the weather turns. Just not how I expected to spend the latter part of my week.
Cold weather puts me in the mood for some spicy favorites. This is from 2017:
I’m not big on deep frying anything, but I love orange chicken so I wanted to find a way to make it so it was still crisp without all the oil and breading. I found the perfect ingredient to produce that result: potato starch. I’ve been using it for a while now and it makes the most perfect Oven Baked Chicken – I’ve been substituting it for the bread crumbs, combining it with crushed rice chex – I’ll post an updated recipe on that technique this week.
On the board tonight:
- Pan-Fried Orange Chicken
- Rice or Rice Noodles
- Steamed Broccoli
Pan-Fried Orange Chicken
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 tsp to 1 tbsp sriracha or chili sauce (opt)
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp white or rice vinegar
- 1 tsp corn starch
Mix together in bowl and set aside
- 1 lb chicken boneless breast (or thighs), cut into large chunks
- olive oil
- 1 cup potato starch
- salt and pepper
- 6 green onions, chopped – save 1 tbsp of chopped greens for garnish
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds for garnish
- 2 tbsp oil (more as needed)
2 plates, skillet or wok
Add salt and pepper to potato starch. Drizzle a bit of oil over chicken pieces to coat. Dredge in potato starch mixture and move to clean plate. Finish all chicken before cooking.
I used to have a wok, but never got the results I wanted from it. Then I heard Ming Tsai discuss how a skillet works better in regular kitchens because a wok really needs a commercial heat source to get it hot enough to cook the way it is designed. Got rid of my wok and use my skillet now. So don’t feel you need a wok to stir-fry things.
Heat oil and add onions (whites and green) quickly stir until they have softened (about 1 minutes) and then add chicken pieces – one at a time so they all touch oil/skillet surface. You may have to cook chicken in two batches depending on the size of your pan.
Fry until golden on one side, then flip to brown the other side. Then I tossed it around a bit until it was golden on all sides.
If you cooked in two batches, remove first batch to clean plate and cook the second batch. Add all chicken back to pan, coat with Orange Sauce and toss until it’s all coated. Let sauce heat through thoroughly over low heat. Serve with rice (or noodles), garnish with sesame seeds and onion greens.