I will openly admit that one thing that I miss about life before food intolerances is just the ease of getting food. It is so simple like I have said before to just order pizza, chinese take-out, and the list could go on and on. However, I will say that being able to experiment in the kitchen is fun! And I noticed that I seem to be continuing a trend of making asian dishes. So I guess you are welcome for that!
This weekend was another great weekend of laying around, finishing House of Cards (finally), and getting out in the beautiful weather. So one night I decided that I would try to make something reminiscent of typical takeout chinese food. I’ve made fried rice a bunch because I found a great recipe, so I will post that soon. However this time I opted for orange chicken and it did not disappoint!
Of course I had to run to the store, but only for a few items so this was another easy recipe find that most of you would have the majority of the items in your refrigerator or pantry. The orange sauce and fresh ingredients are the biggest items left to get. The recipe came from Rolling Out Dough.
The first step in the process was simply getting everything ready. This included the bowls of egg replacer, corn starch & white rice flour for breading, measuring the rest of the supplies for the sauce, cutting the chicken, and heating the oil in the wok to get ready for frying! This was a recipe with what felt like little steps, but just lots of moving pieces. So it is totally doable and very easy.
In the midst of getting everything ready and taken care of, of course I had to drink some wine. I feel like I always rat myself out on that with the pictures haha. There always seems to be an edge of a wine glass or the entire glass included unintentionally (see above!) 🙂
The fun part was frying the chicken and getting the main part of the dish ready. I can’t tell you the last time I had a fried piece of chicken. I’ve managed to make okra (which for me is HUGE) but this was the first time for this gloriousness!
The sauce was very simple just taking a full bottle of San-J Orange Sauce (I couldn’t find La-Choy like the recipe called for) but this was an awesome sauce ha! Included in that was red pepper flakes, garlic powder, sesame oil and teriyaki sauce which you have to make sure is gluten free because of the soy sauce. The sauce is then warmed in a sauce pan for a few minutes. After frying the chicken in batches and letting it rest on paper towels to absorb some of the grease, you simply pour the sauce over the chicken and stir. I then tossed in some sesame seeds!
On the side, I simply prepared the jasmine rice per the instructions on the packet to place under the chicken and steamed some broccoli as a side. This meal was simple and delicious. Just what we needed for a night in of quality time.
Here’s the recipe from Rolling Out Dough:
Gluten Free Orange Chicken Recipe
One pound of boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite size pieces
½ cup cornstarch
½ cup GF white rice flour
Vegetable oil for deep frying
1½ Cups of La Choy Orange Ginger sauce
1½ teapoons of garlic powder
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1½ teaspoons San-J Teriyaki Sauce
Optional- sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
- Crack eggs in shallow dish or bowl and break yolks/lightly scramble.
- Mix together cornstarch and rice flour on a separate shallow dish.
- Dip chicken pieces into egg let any excess drip off then dredge into the flour mixture and coat pieces of chicken.
- Heat oil for deep frying in wok or deep fryer to 375°F.
- While oil is heating stir together orange sauce ingredients except the sesame oil in bowl then transfer to wok, saucepan or saute pan. Heat the sauce thoroughly then add sesame oil and stir together. Turn sauce to low.
- Once oil is heated fry in batches about 3-4 minutes until a golden crisp and chicken is 165° internally.
- Add chicken to orange sauce and stir together, coating the chicken in the sauce.Add chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnish. Serve immediately.
And if you haven’t listened to this yet, do yourself a favor and listen to this on repeat like I have been for the last hour!