My carrot and ginger orange chicken is my take on ‘Chinese’ takeaway classic, loaded with wonderful winter flavours and a little chili heat.
Carrot and Ginger Orange Chicken.
Orange chicken is a favourite Chinese takeaway meal. and despite the fact I have never seen a recipe for it in a ‘Chinese’ cooking book I l0ve it a great deal!
My Carrot and ginger orange chicken is loaded with winter seasonal flavours. Stuff that I can set aside from our harvest that lasts really well, carrots, ginger, and dried chili.
Add to that a series of my store cupboard favourites and off you go.
My interpretations of takeaway recipes, or fakeaways if you like, are my way of dealing with the fact that I live in excess of 100km in any direction from a decent takeaway.
As you can imagine that messes with the notion of something convenient and simple. Marinade times aside this easy orange chicken recipe can be cooked quicker than your local take away can deliver it to you.
My Take On Chinese Food.
Chinese style food is my wifes favourite as I mentioned in my sweet and sour chicken.
As a result, I have a fierce critic on these dishes, I personally have always favoured Indian food over Chinese. But I am apparently doing a good job!
I think my ambivalence towards Chinese food comes from the fact that food in British takeaway restaurants is pretty formulaic.
Dare I say it, almost boring, yes I went there!
However, since I have been working on my Chinese style dishes I am developing a much more of a taste for them.
The complexity and variety of flavours are far greater than anything I ever associated with a Chinese meal when I lived in the UK.
Although I still very much work from the Anglo Chinese recipes I recognise as a base.
Takeaway Food At Home.
Sure ordering in means no washing up but typically fakeaway recipes are one or two pot dishes anyway. For instance, this Orange Chicken recipe uses a wok and pan for cooking some rice. There is a dish for marinading too but certainly not a lot.
The secret to cooking like this is all in the preparation. To be perfectly honest it is very much the secret to all cooking.
Chefs refer to it as ‘mise en place’, to me it is just about getting your shit together. It is particularly important when cooking quick dishes like this one.
The last thing you want to do is leave your ingredients sitting in a searing hot wok whilst looking for your next ingredient.
Other than that it is like all other cooking… Really easy! Just read the recipe a couple of times, get your ingredients together and off you go!
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
- 1 Orange, Juice and zest
- 30 g Ginger, Peeled and grated
- 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
- 1 Tsp Dried Chili Flakes
- 250 g Chicken Breast, Sliced into 7-10mm pieces
- 1/2 Tbsp Cooking oil, Neutral
- 125 g Carrot, Cut into a julienne 2-3mm batons about 5cm long
- 1 Tsp Cornflower
- 1/2 Tbsp Water
- 1 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil, Optional
- 1/2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
- 1 Spring Onion, Finely Sliced
- Mix together the honey, soy sauce, orange zest, orange juice, ginger, garlic and chili into a marinade and then add in the chicken and allow to sit for at least 1 hour.
- Before you get started toast your sesame seeds in your wok over a high heat taking care not to burn the, and then set aside.
- Heat the cooking oil in a wok over a fierce heat then add the carrots and stir fry for 2 minutes.
- Add in the chicken which has been removed from the marinade, keep the marinade as it will form the sauce and stir fry for a further 5 minutes.
- Mix together the cornflour and water and set aside.
- Add in the marinade to the chicken when it is nearly cooked, when boiling stir in the cornflour and water mix and serve when thickened and glossy, should take no more than a minute.
- If you are using the sesame oil stir it in just before serving and garnish with the sesame seeds and sliced spring onions.
Serve with boiled rice that has been cooked with a couple of bruised cardamon pods.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 405 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 107mg Sodium: 585mg Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 22g Protein: 42g