Orange Chicken with Rice

Orange Chicken with Rice

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After having eaten a similar entree at Applebees, I worked for months trying to get Orange Chicken with Rice just right. Crunchy pieces of breaded chicken breast in a tangy orange sauce with vegetables over a bed or fluffy rice. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

I love the orange sauce in this recipe. Much of the wonderful flavor comes from the orange juice, but also the special Hoisin sauce. I can find this at our local grocery store, but I don’t always have it in my cupboard. So, I often make my own version of it, which is really quite simple. See my Homemade Hoisin Sauce Here.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Orange Chicken with Rice

  • white rice
  • water
  • kosher salt
  • skinless, boneless chicken tenders or breasts
  • all-purpose flour
  • seasoned salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Orange Sauce:

  • orange juice
  • Hoisin Sauce or Homemade Version 
  • granulated sugar
  • cornstarch
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • garlic cloves
  • frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • slivered almonds

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

In a medium saucepan, prepare rice. Boil water with salt. Add rice and cook as directed on package, approximately 20 minutes.

Cook your rice while you’re preparing the chicken and sauce. Go ahead and steam your stir-fry vegetables in the microwave ahead of time, too. That way when you’re ready to put everything together, all the steps have been taken.

While rice is cooking, cut chicken into 2-inch pieces. Heat enough oil in large skillet to cover the bottom of the pan. In plastic bag, combine flour, seasoned salt and pepper. Add chicken pieces to flour and shake until well coated. Drop chicken into hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.

I’ve tried cooking the chicken without the breading, but it really adds to the dish, so I encourage you to take the time to brown the chicken with the simple crust. Remember those old commercials for Shake-and-Bake? That’s what this is. Place your flour, black pepper and seasoned salt in a gallon bag and mix together. Then add the pieces of chicken and shake!

Making the Orange Sauce

The orange sauce comes together quickly, so have all of your ingredients on hand. If you’re making your own Hoisin Sauce, have it already prepared. It helps to have the orange sauce ready to go when it’s time to cook.

In a small bowl whisk together the orange juice, Hoisin sauce, granulated sugar, cornstarch, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

I might mention here that you may add as little or as much of the red pepper flakes as you desire. I like mine a bit spicy, so sometimes I add nearly 1/2 teaspoon to the sauce. It’s your choice.

Saute garlic for one minute in skillet with oil. Pour orange juice mixture into the hot skillet with garlic. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until the sauce thickens.

Add the fried chicken pieces to the orange sauce and toss with your choice of steamed stir-fry vegetables. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with sliced almonds.

This recipe will serve 4-6 people.

I like to serve Orange Chicken with Rice in large flat bowls (like a pasta bowl). Dish the rice in first, follow by spoonfuls of the chicken and plenty of sauce. For a special touch, sprinkle sliced almonds over the chicken.

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Orange Chicken with Rice

I worked for months trying to get Orange Chicken with Rice just right. Crunchy pieces of breaded chicken breast in a tangy orange sauce with vegetables over a bed or fluffy rice. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken Tenders, Hoisin Sauce, Orange Juice, Stir-Fry, White Rice
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Glass Mixing Bowls
Stainless Wire Whisk
Wooden Spoon
Dutch Oven 3 qt

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

Chicken

  • 2 pounds skinless chicken tenders or breasts cut into 2" pieces
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Orange Sauce:

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. The orange sauce comes together quickly, so have all of your ingredients on hand. If you're making your own Hoisin Sauce, have it already prepared.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the orange juice, Hoisin sauce, granulated sugar, cornstarch, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Set aside until ready to use.

Cook the Rice

  • In a medium saucepan, prepare rice. Boil water with salt. Add rice and cook as directed on package, approximately 20 minutes.

Prepare the Chicken

  • While rice is cooking, cut chicken into 2-inch pieces. Heat enough oil in large skillet to cover the bottom of the pan. In a plastic bag, combine the all-purpose flour, seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add chicken pieces to flour and shake until well coated. Drop chicken into hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.

Make the Orange Sauce

  • Saute garlic for one minute in skillet with oil. Pour orange juice mixture into the hot skillet with garlic. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the fried chicken pieces to the orange sauce and toss with your choice of steamed stir-fry vegetables. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with slivered almonds. Serves 4-6. 
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