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Ms. Peachkins, who blogs over at The Peach Kitchen, with her blog post: St. Dalfour Fruit Conserves and a BIG Breakfast.

We all know that it is important to eat breakfast. Whether it' be a hearty breakfast  or a light one, what's important is that we get the energy we need to help us kickstart our day! The breakfast featured in Ms. Peachkin's post is definitely one that my family would absolutely LOVE! Most of us would want, if given the chance, lol. There are other yummy treats posted at The Peach Kitchen, so why don't we head on over there and check them out!
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The main ingredients for this week's dish is something that I almost always have around the house, but this is the first time that I got to cook them together: chicken and oranges. Yup, this week we had Orange Chicken. :)


This is the recipe that I followed: Asian Orange Chicken (click here to go to the site), with loads of "revisions" on my part. :D


Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
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  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
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  • Chicken:
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Pour 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and cool 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Place the chicken pieces into a resealable plastic bag. When contents of saucepan have cooled, pour 1 cup of sauce into bag. Reserve the remaining sauce. Seal the bag, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  3. In another resealable plastic bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken into the skillet, and brown on both sides. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels, and cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Wipe out the skillet, and add the sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Mix together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water; stir into the sauce. Reduce heat to medium low, add the chicken pieces, and simmer, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

**Obviously, I didn't use chicken breasts and instead of coating them in flour and frying them, I cooked them first in the marinade (I wanted to be sure that my chickens were cooked through) for about 30minutes before the frying process. I reduced the remaining liquid a bit then added the cornstarch and water mixture to thicken it. Drizzled the finished sauce on to the fried chicken.

**I also used 1/2 cup orange juice (instead of 2tbsp) and 1/4 cup calamansi juice (instead of lemon).


I was surprised that it did taste like it was supposed to; yes, I was expecting the recipe to be a failure but I was happy that I was wrong! lol. Even my sons liked it. :)

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8 shared thoughts:

Luna Miranda at: Fri Jul 06, 01:13:00 AM GMT+8 said...

i remember buying orange chicken at Chowking for Fritz, and he loved it!:p my sister would remind me to buy him a pasalubong of orange chicken at Chowking when we're at the mall. LOL

the orange chicken i cooked was a bit saucy. will try this one, too.

imriz at: Fri Jul 06, 01:30:00 AM GMT+8 said...

my little kiddo love the orange chicken in chowking. ito kasi ung dish na di ko alam iluto :)

thanks for sharing the recipe.

Oggi at: Fri Jul 06, 03:18:00 AM GMT+8 said...

I love roast duck with orange sauce and I have to try with chicken too. This dish looks absolutely delicious.

Winnie at: Fri Jul 06, 04:35:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Hi Maiylah
Looooooove the features!
I can't submit to your party, as for some reason I keep getting the message that my post does not contain a link back to this page, however my post DOES have a link
Kindly look here
http://winnish.blogspot.co.il/2012/07/blog-post.html

"FoodFriday" is a link to this page.

peachkins at: Fri Jul 06, 07:55:00 AM GMT+8 said...

Thank you so much for featuring that hearty breakfast! Your orange chicken looks delish!

Nicholas V. at: Fri Jul 06, 05:15:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Great recipe and photos!

Thanks for hosting.

anney at: Fri Jul 06, 09:59:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Yummylicious naman! Mas malambot nga yang part na ginamit mo kesa sa chix breast. Minsan kasi dry at makunat pag chicken breast e.

Jenn at: Fri Jul 06, 10:50:00 PM GMT+8 said...

Orange Chicken... the only kind I tasted was the one from Chowking.

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