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I thought this was great! My kids enjoyed it as well. This is how I interpreted the instructions, and it worked splendidly. I put the egg, salt, pepper in with the chicken, mixed it well, then added the flour/cornstarch mixture. The chicken was not soggy at all! I also doubled the sauce, use apple cider vinegar, and replaced some of the vinegar with OJ. Instead of green onions and red pepper, I added snow peas and mini sweet bell peppers (I am cooking for kids and a husband with an onion intolerance.) I am seriously considering seconds...definitely left overs tomorrow. Yum!
I have made this twice now and it gets rave reviews from my 4 girls and my husband everytime I make it. We went gluten free a while back and I have been craving Panda's orange chicken. I used tapioca starch (1/2 cup) instead of cornstarch and white rice flour (1/4 cup) in place of the flour...I still used the tbsp of cornstarch in water to thicken the sauce. For those saying to put chicken in egg wash and then the cornstarch...Don't!!! Mixing the dry and wet ingredients creates a batter that makes the chicken crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. I did, however, use 2 eggs and 2 tbsp of oil instead of the 1 each called for. And then, I doubled the orange sauce...it really is a must. :) I also only used a pinch of chili peppers instead of the 1/2 tsp called for (the first time I made it according to recipe and my girls age 5 and under said it was too spicy...that was their only complaint). I unfortunately had to make several substitutions because of ingredients I had on hand. As I said earlier, I used the tapioca starch and white rice flour to make it gluten free. I didn't have rice wine, so I used white grape juice and I didn't have white vinegar (I had used it all in my laundry), so I used apple cider vinegar. This recipe is amazing. My 5 year old asked tonight if I would make this for her 6th birthday, so it's definitely a keeper in this house.
We like this recipe a lot but taking in to consideration the complicated recipe instructions and suggestions of other reviewers to double the sauce, I wrote up an adaptation of it on our personal blog site: http://fromsundaytosaturday.blogspot.com/2014/04/sweet-and-sour-orange-chicken.html It makes it easier to follow and we doubled the sauce recipe. With that changed, we love making it.
It is very close to there recipe. I dipped the chicken in the egg mixture first then cornstarch and rice flour to make it gluten free. My family really enjoyed this but would deffinatly next time double the sauce since it makes just enough to coat the chicken.
my husband and i absolutely LOVE this recipe.
The only recommendation that I have is that the chicken should be dipped in the egg mixture and then rolled or shaken in the flour/cornstarch mixture.
So awesome I don't even know where to begin! I didn't think anything of the directions until half the reviewers were squaking about it! It was totally understandable if you have medium knowledge of cooking. Anyways, I have to say prep time was kinda significant, but oh so worth it! I used 1/2 juice of the zested orange and 1/2 the vinegar. I did some extra minced ginger and added a tiny bit of jalapeno I had kickin around. This was awesome! Oh, I also split the sugar half brown half cane. Thanks a TON for posting this flume!!!!!
Yummy! Decided not to thicken it up and it was great.
Goes to show that the reviews should be read BEFORE you start cooking! Indeed, these instructions are faulty. When I realized it I added water to the egg/flour mess, coated the chicken with it, and then dipped in an additional dry mixture of cornstarch/flour. I had already determined that the sauce would be skimpy and used with 1 lb of c(hicken instead of 2, which was perfect. My son begs for orange chicken and he was ecstatic. If you don't like heat cut the pepper in half.)
The recipe really needs sorting out. It doesn't make a lot of sense. However, mix the egg with the flour and cornstarch, then throw the chicken in, then fry. That's what I did. I added more sugar, and orange juice along with the peel, it tasted ok, but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for.