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Orange Chicken

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 50 min (includes soaking and cooling times)
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Chicken:

2 tablespoons cornstarch

4 egg whites

4 boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

Sauce:

1/2 cup orange juice (I used Simply Orange)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 packed tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

Dash salt

Dash crushed red pepper

1 clove garlic, pressed

A little grated or minced ginger

1 teaspoon cornstarch

Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying

Directions

  1. For the chicken: In a large bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and egg whites with a fork until almost frothy, about 1 minute. Add the chicken to the mixture and allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. For the sauce: Meanwhile, put the orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, salt, crushed red pepper, garlic and ginger in a small nonstick skillet and whisk. Heat until bubbling and starting to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch slurry to the sauce. Mix in and thicken for 1 minute.
  4. Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil registers 350 degrees F. Carefully drop the chicken into the oil and move it around, flipping gently, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Let the pieces drain on a plate lined with paper towels for 2 to 3 minutes. Then drop them back into the oil for 1 minute to really solidify the coating.
  5. Toss the chicken in the sauce and serve.