This riff from the American Chinese food restaurant "Panda Express" is really sweet and sour chicken with a bit of heat, but the addition of the orange goes a long way. Try this. You'll love it!
Approx 900g-1 kg of chicken thighs, skinless and boneless, cut into rough 1 cm cubes
Enough oil to deep fry the chicken
1 tbsp Soya Sauce
Orange zest of one large orange
Juice of 1/2 a large orange
1tbps Chinese Cooking Wine (could use sake if you want)
1-2tsp 5 Spice
2stp Sesame Seed Oil
1-2tsp Rice wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced (or grated on a microplane)
giner (roughly the same amount as the garlic) also minced (or used a microplane)
1 tsp ground pepper
2-3 tsp honey
1 tbs salt
1tsp white pepper
160-190g potato starch
1 1/2 cups water
2tbs oil (veg oil or peanut oil are fine)
1 tsp oil
1/4 tsp chili flakes (more if you like it spicy)
1/tsp ginger (minced)
1 tbsp garlic (minced)
50 grams white sugar
50 grams brown sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tbsp soya sauce
Mix 2 tbsp of water and 2 tbps corn starch and set aside
(optional: extra tsp of sesame seed oil)
2 green onions, slice on the diagonal
1 tbps sesame seeds
Mix B in a large bowl. This is your marinade. The amounts here not fixed. Use your judgement and make just enough to coat the chicken.
Add A to the bowl and marinate the chicken for at least on hour.
Mix C. This is the batter.
Have all of D (your sauce ingredients) ready.
Heat oil to deep fry the chicken. Cooking in small batches so you don't overcrowd, coat each piece of chicken in the batter and then cook until golden. Remember that the chicken will continue to cook for a bit after you remove it from the oil. Set the cooked chicken on a wire rack over a baking sheet or other dish to let the chicken drain off any excess oil.
What to do with D: When the chicken is all cooked, make the sauce. In a large saucepan or wok (big enough to hold all the chicken), add everyting except the liquid and corn starch mixure. Heat up and mix well. When it is good and hot add the liquid (soya sauce, orange juice and vinegar), stir and then add the corn starch mixture and cook until it reaches a syrupy texture. Kind of like maple syrup. Then turn off the heat and add the chicken. Stir the chicken thoroughly into the sauce to coat.
To serve sprinkle with the green onion and sesame seeds. (As an extra, you can cut some small orange triangles and add them to the sauce at the last minute as an additional bit of garnish and colour).
Notes: The marinate is my addition and I don't measure these ingredients when I make it, I go by taste. Don't use too much vinegar in the marinate though. The original recipe uses corn starch instead of potato starch, but you get a crispier result with potato starch. I use pastry flour as I don't want a flour that has a high gluten content in the batter. A high gluten flour is not ideal for deep frying because it can lead to a chewy and greasier product because gluten absorbs moisture and fat.
Added by: Baron Ilan
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