But, if you wish to simplify it even further, I happen to know that Costco sells the Panda Express Orange Chicken Sauce, and it is very good.
The original recipe calls for sesame oil, but I don't tend to keep that on hand, so I use regular vegetable oil. I'm sure there is a subtle difference in taste, but we did not notice it.
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite size cubes
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. oil plus oil for frying
1/2 c. plus 1 Tbsp. cornstarch, divided
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. white vinegar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. water
Grated Zest of 1 orange
1 Tbsp. minced or grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 c. chopped green onions
red pepper flakes, to taste
1/4 c. water
1 Tbsp. oil
1. In a large bowl, lightly beat egg, then add salt, pepper, and 1 Tbsp oil and combine. Add in chicken and then toss lightly until coated.
2. In a large ziploc bag, combine cornstarch and flour. Drop in chicken pieces, turning to coat a few at a time, and shake the bag to coat all of the chicken.
3. Fill a wok or deep skillet with about 1 in. oil and heat to 375 degrees. Add chicken in small batches and fry until golden around 4-5 minutes. Remove chicken when done and drain on paper towels. (In my large skillet I was able to do this in 2 batches, but needed to add more oil for the second batch) Reserve 2 Tbsp. oil and set aside.
4. In a small bowl, combine sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, 2 Tbsp. water, and orange zest and set aside.
5. In a clean wok or skillet (either the same one, washed, or a new one...your call) heat reserved oil. Add ginger, garlic, green onions and red pepper flakes. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add orange mixture and bring to a boil. Gently toss in chicken, turning to coat.
6. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp. cornstarch with 1/2 c. water. Add to skillet and continue to stir to coat chicken Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and stir. Serve hot over rice, and sprinkled with a few fresh chopped green onions.
|The perceptive among you may have noticed an absence of aforementioned green onions. The ones I thought I had in my fridge were no good anymore. I definitely recommend using them though. They add a nice flavor.|
source: Family Feasts for $75 a Week