Thursday, November 13, 2008

In the Kitchen w/ Jessica, Matt.. and Aldo:)

I have been checking out this recipe for several weeks now... The first time I saw it on Annie's Eats blog I knew that I had to make it! And the best part is, it definitely lived up to my expectations...absolutely DELICIOUS! Even though there were several steps, it was not difficult at all. (although we did dirty quite a few dishes/pans!)

Matt was a huge help as well in the kitchen! Here he is squeezing the life out of these oranges! Unfortunately we don't' have a juicer.. but he did a very nice job!

We did run into a few snags in the process... The fire alarm was especially sensitive last night and kept going off...over and over and over again! Matt was kind of enough (note my sarcasm) to take pics of me fanning the alarm and then pics of me fighting Aldo with the towel I was using. Let's just face it... things never go totally smooth when you are cooking...

Here's the recipe! (Annie's Eats Blog, originally from Cooking at Home with America's Test Kitchen)

Orange Chicken


For the marinade and sauce:

1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1 ½” pieces

¾ cup low sodium chicken broth

¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 ½ tsp. grated orange zest

8 thin strips orange peel (optional)

6 tbsp. distilled white vinegar

¼ cup soy sauce

½ cup dark brown sugar

3 medium garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. cornstarch

2 tbsp. cold water

For coating and frying:

3 large egg whites

1 cup cornstarch

½ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

3 cups peanut oil (or canola oil)


For the marinade and sauce, place the chicken in a Ziploc bag; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, orange juice, zest, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper; whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved. Measure out ¾ cup of the mixture and pour it into the bag with the chicken; press out as much air as possible and seal the bag, making sure that all pieces are coated with the marinade. Refrigerate 30-60 minutes, but no longer. Bring the remaining mixture in the saucepan to a boil over high heat. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and cold water; whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and translucent, about 1 minute. Off the heat, stir in the orange peel (if using); set the sauce aside.

For the coating, place the egg whites in a pie plate and beat with a fork until frothy. In a second pie plate, whisk together the cornstarch, baking soda and cayenne until combined. Drain the chicken in a colander or large mesh strainer; thoroughly pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place half of the chicken pieces in the egg whites and turn to coat. Transfer the pieces to cornstarch mixture and coat thoroughly. Place the dredged chicken pieces on another plate or a baking sheet.

To fry the chicken, heat the oil in an 11- to 12-inch dutch oven or straight sided sauté pan with at least 3 qt. capacity over high heat until the oil reaches 350° on an instant read or deep fry thermometer. Carefully place half of the chicken in the oil; fry to golden brown, about 5 minutes, turning each piece with tongs halfway through cooking. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Return the oil to 350° and repeat with the remaining chicken.

To serve, reheat the sauce over medium heat until simmering, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken and gently toss until evenly coated and heated through. Serve immediately.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad you enjoyed it! I would eat this every week if it were healthier :) And I can totally relate, our smoke alarm is SUPER sensitive. Any time I use the broiler or turn the oven above 450, I have my husband disable it in advance! LOL.

Jessica said...

oh my gosh.. yes i would eat it all the time as well! I already told my mom we have to make it next time we are together b/c I know she would love it!
Thanks for all of the great recipes on your blog! I can't wait to try more!