Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Orange Chicken & Vegetables

      I could seriously eat chinese food every single day and never tire of it! I am always looking for new take out meals to make at home on the web. I came across this one from Mommy's Kitchen and she got it from Jamie Cooks it Up. The dish features breaded chicken with an assortment of vegetables. In truth you could use whatever you like. I added in sliced mushrooms and bean sprouts to the mix and went lighter on the sliced carrots and left the onions out.

You can save yourself some time by slicing everything up in the morning and by dinner time it will come together much quicker. This is a great dish and one that will be added to our chinese take out meals made at home rotation :)

Orange Chicken and Vegetables

4 Boneless skinless Chicken Breasts,cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 cup Flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 TBS Olive Oil
5 Large Carrots, julienned
1 Small Onion, Cut
2 Bell Peppers any color, cut into chunks
4-6 Celery Stalks, Sliced
Salt and Pepper,to taste

Orange Sauce

3/4 cup Fresh Orange Juice
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp. Ginger
2 tsp. Rice Vinegar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Sesame Oil
2 TBS Corn Starch
1 cup Chicken Broth
Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes;optional

Combine flour,salt and pepper to a small bowl or large ziplock bag. Toss the cubed chicken in the mixture until it's covered. Heat up a large skillet or wok. When it's hot add in the 1 tablespoon of oil and add the chicken in batches..you don't want to crowd the chicken so make sure to cook in batches of two.

Cook chicken until it's golden brown and cooked through..about 10mins. While your chicken is cooking,cut up your vegetables if you haven't already done so. When chicken is done place on a plate or pan lined with paper towels. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to pan. Add your veggies and cook over medium high heat until crisp tender..about 10 minutes. While your veggies are cooking,add all of your sauce ingredients into a pan. 

Whisk sauce ingredients in pan until combined. Bring to a boil. Once the sauce starts boiling it will start to become thicker; whisk until desired thickness..it doesn't take long so make sure you watch it. When your veggies are done, add the chicken back into the pan and pour the sauce over the top and stir to combine. Serve over steamed rice or noodles.