A delicious version of Asian-style orange chicken with ginger garlic green beans made with wholesome ingredients. It’s like Chinese take-out, but without the corn syrup and MSG!
Asian food is my absolute favorite. Whether it’s a Chinese, Japanese, Thai, or Korean dish, chances are that I like it. It’s the type of food I grew up eating in Hawaii and the kind I make regularly for my family. I haven’t included a lot of these recipes on this site because I cook by taste and therefore don’t measure ingredients. It has been difficult to write down an exact recipe for some of my favorites, but I plan to change that. I’ve been working on recreating some of these recipes for the blog, so if you’re a fan of Asian food like me, then hopefully you’ll appreciate some of these upcoming posts!
This Orange Chicken is a family favorite! We love the sweet and tangy sauce, which is similar to a chicken dish from the local Chinese take-out place, but without the MSG, corn syrup, and all the other bad ingredients that come along with it. One of our favorite ways to eat this chicken is with ginger and garlic sautéed green beans and sticky rice—seriously, so yummy!
This chicken is lightly breaded with cornstarch and then coated in egg before being sautéed in a little oil. Coating the chicken in cornstarch first and then in the egg batter keeps the starch from falling to the bottom of the pan and burning. It also creates a light and slightly crispy coating on the chicken, which holds the sauce well.
I’ve tried this dish without breading the chicken and it was still yummy and a good “lighter” alternative, but this breaded version is much more delicious. I also prefer to use chicken thighs because they stay much more tender and juicy compared to chicken breast. But for all you who only like to eat white meat (like my picky little sister;) just be sure not to over-cook the chicken breast pieces, which can lead to dry and tough nuggets.
Don’t be afraid to make this dish your own! Feel free to adjust the seasonings to suit your taste—add more or less sweetener, vinegar, garlic, ginger, or sriracha. After all, that’s one of the perks to cooking your own food, right? Enjoy, friends!