Orange Chicken

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 to 2 inch slices
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 1/4 cups Peanut Oil, (for frying)
ORANGE SAUCE:
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 bunch julienned scallion
3 tablespoons julienned ginger
1 Red Fresno pepper, julienned
3 thin orange slices, peeled and cut into quarters
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. In a bowl combine cornstarch, flour, salt, and pepper. Prepare another bowl with beaten eggs.
  2. Dip chicken in egg mixture and dredge in cornstarch mixture. Let set for 10 minutes and repeat dip and dredge, set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, make the orange sauce by combining the light soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.
  4. Heat wok or skillet with 2 Cups peanut oil to 375 degrees F, fry chicken in batches until completely cooked and hold in a 300 degree F oven on a baking sheet.
  5. Heat a skillet or saucepan until hot and add the remaining 1/4 cup peanut oil. When hot, add the scallion, ginger and red pepper. Cook, stirring rapidly, for about 15 seconds just to coat with oil. Add the orange slices and cook another 10 seconds. Add the orange sauce along with the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  6. Mix the cornstarch and water in a separate bowl and add to the sauce and peppers. Allow to boil, thicken and clear, then turn off the heat.
  7. Add the chicken to the orange sauce mixture and toss briefly to coat. Serve with rice.