I spend way too much of my time on pinterest these days. I have over 70 boards, which isn’t alot compared so many of you out there I’m sure… Anyhow as you may know I love to cook and cook things you normally would see out in different eateries. We had or maybe it was all me, a taste for some Orange Chicken one night. I knew it couldn’t be all that difficult to make so I surfed the trusted ole pinterest and came across a few recipes that I liked but not as much as the one I found here.
Some of the ingredients that were listed on that site I didn’t have on hand so I did what I do best…improvise. When in doubt go another route…I hope no one else came up with that saying…it’s quite clever if I do say so myself…lol For the sauce I didn’t have rice vinegar but I did have apple cider vinegar so I used that instead. I also didn’t have ginger root so that was omitted altogether and I used garlic cloves. Foolish me…I didn’t take any pictures of the sauce by itself to post so please forgive me on that one…I’m slippin I know!
For the dry flour batter for the chicken I omitted a few things as well because of course I didn’t have it on hand. By doing that and working with what I had my version came out amazing. Meseidy, from her The Noshery blog uses panko bread crumbs, cornstarch and eggs. I didn’t want a heavy batter so I just used flour, salt and pepper on my chicken before frying.
After cutting the chicken into strips and then into cubes I added them to a large bowl with the flour, salt and pepper. Making sure all the chicken was coated before frying. In a medium fry pan I heated my oil and once hot enough I placed about 10-15 pieces of chicken in and allowed them to cook about a 1 minute on both sides. (Cook for 1-2 minutes for medium to larger cubed pieces.)
After frying I placed the cooked pieces of chicken on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil and set aside. Once all the chicken were cooked I made the sauce. Once the sauce was done I tossed it with the chicken and made sure the them were completely coated. Added some cooked fried rice to my bowl, topped it with the orange chicken and made a very happy plate!