Sweet & Sour Orange Chicken

How to make a Sweet and Sour Orange Chicken.

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, skinless, cut into cubes
  • 1 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup ice water
  • vegetable oil for frying

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup orange marmalade
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons water
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Method:

  1. Beat the ice water and egg together in a bowl using a whisk or a fork.
  2. Add the baking soda, salt and mix to combine.
  3. Add 1 cup of flour to the water mixture and mix until blended but lumpy.
  4. Place the remaining 1 cup of flour in a separate bowl.
  5. Cover each piece of chicken in flour, then move to the egg mixture and cover, letting excess batter drip off.
  6. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large, deep frying pan over medium heat until a drop of water crackles when placed into oil.
  7. Place the chicken into the hot oil and fry, flipping if needed, until no longer pink in the centre and golden brown, for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Set aside and keep warm.
  9. Combine the cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl.
  10. Combine the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, 1/2 cup water, orange marmalade, pineapple, pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes in a medium saucepan.
  11. Bring to a boil and add the cornstarch mixture.
  12. Reduce heat and let it simmer, stirring frequently, until desired thickness is reached.
  13. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.
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