With that in mind, last week I decided to try making our own. It was fun! We first tried this recipe, but the consensus was that the sauce was not sweet enough. I then made extra sauce from a different recipe to go with the leftovers, and it was highly approved by all involved. (The two recipes are identical except for the sauce.)
Oddly enough, that sauce doesn't actually include any orange products (zest or juice), so next time I'm going to add some zest. But one way or another, reports are that it was pretty good!
|Mise en place for sauce #1 (with eggs on the right for me since I couldn't eat any of it!).|
Plan on spending some serious time with the frying process - at least half an hour if not more. My husband did all the frying while I attended to everything else, and it was definitely quite a process!
|Our in-house fry cook.|
|Frying in process. It took ALL NIGHT to recover the kitchen after this!|
|And the finished product! Voila! I served it over whole-wheat spaghetti because I was too tired to even think about making chow mein!|
Panda Express Style Orange Chicken
Sauce: Combine and set aside:
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon water
5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tsp. orange zest, optional
2 pounds chicken pieces, boneless and skinned
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
White pepper (I used 1/2 tsp. black pepper)
1 tablespoon oil
Mix together, then add chicken and stir to coat:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup flour
Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees F. Add chicken pieces, a small batch at time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crisp. Do not overcook or chicken will be tough. Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
(See below for amounts) Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add and stir-fry crushed chiles and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed.
1 tablespoon ginger root, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 dash red hot chilies
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon rice wine (or sherry)
Stir together, add to above, stir till thick:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Enjoy! Let me know if you have any input or suggestions!