Monday, October 31, 2011

Orange Chicken Stir Fry

Orange Chicken Stir Fry recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
My family loves Orange Chicken. It is one of our favorite meals to order when we are eating out. I have tried making a couple different versions at home and they were always lacking something. I wanted a healthier version that wasn't fried and I assumed the missing taste was due to the fact I was not breading and frying the chicken. Then, I found this recipe on Jenn's blog. I decided to try it and I am so glad that I did! I am thrilled with this recipe. It has earned a place in our favorites menu. Thanks, Jenn!

Orange Chicken Stir Fry
recipe adapted from Jenn's Food Journey
(printable recipe)

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 red peppers, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup water, plus 1 tablespoon; divided
2 tablespoons rice vinegar, (I used white balsamic, because I had it on hand)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot starch or cornstarch
1 tablespoon light olive oil

Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Place the chicken in a single layer on a tray. Set it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer and cut the chicken into very thin slices or chunks. (I'm planning to cut mine thinner next time.)

In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Stir until smooth and then set aside. In another small bowl, mix together all other ingredients, except for the chicken, the peppers and the oil.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and quickly stir fry it until almost cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Add the peppers and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. (I liked the peppers with a bit of a crunch to them. If you prefer them more tender, add them earlier with the chicken.) Now, whisk the starch mixture into the orange sauce and immediately pour the sauce into your hot skillet with the chicken and the peppers. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, cook just until the sauce thickens. Immediately remove from heat. Serve over rice. Enjoy!
Orange Chicken Stir Fry recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

16 comments:

  1. Yum Stir Fry. I haven't done that in a long time. Looks yummy!

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  2. Looks beautiful, Mary! Glad your family liked it. Although it's not exactly the same as the deep fried versions you get in restaurants, it's definitely a good healthy substitute :) Have a great day!

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  3. This sounds delicious. Strangely enough I have never heard of orange chicken. I would love to try this.

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  4. I love easy chicken recipes like this, thanks for sharing! I don't think I've ever made orange chicken at home, so I'm definitely giving this a try!

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  5. Great version of the orange chicken...I totally agree with you in regards to not deep fry the chicken. Looks delicious!
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead Mary :-)

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  6. I love the colors and flavor combination. Yum! I hardly ever eat the deep fried stuff when we go out so this really appeals to me. I also LOVE your new profile photos - so pretty!

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  7. We LOVE orange chicken at our house! I need to try this recipe ASAP!

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  8. My husband loves orange chicken. I will have to try this recipe for him.

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  9. your orange chicken dish sound so refreshing and look yummy too!

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  10. I kind of miss the flavor of orange chicken, so I will definitely be trying this with tofu! sounds like a great sauce!

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  11. Mmm, this looks so simple and delicious, I'll have to give it a try since I'm not a fan of the frying either.

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  12. Boy that looks colorful and sounds great. I have no problem with the fried version, but this version sounds delicious too.

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  13. Well, this is good to know. I have the same problem...finding that balance between not making something super fattening and still getting the flavor you want. Plus, I love love love peppers in a stir fry...I will have to try this one!

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  14. I love your orange chicken dish - it is really healthy with a citrus twist, will try it myself!
    Yours, River JOrdan http://streetfoodwarmsyourheart.blogspot.com/

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