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Helen's Gourmet Chinese Food

I took these shots for Asian Restaurant News Magazine. This is Orange Chicken from "Helen's Gourmet Chinese Food" in Fresno, California.


Below is a recipe for Orange Chicken that I found here. It is not the recipe used in the photograph above.




* Sauce:

* 1 1/2 cups water

* 2 tablespoons orange juice

* 1/4 cup lemon juice

* 1/3 cup rice vinegar

* 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce

* 1 tablespoon grated orange zest

1 cup packed brown sugar

* 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root

* 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

* 2 tablespoons chopped green onion

* 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


* 3 tablespoons cornstarch

* 2 tablespoons water

* Chicken:

* 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

* 1 cup all-purpose flour

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/4 teaspoon pepper

* 3 tablespoons olive oil




1. Pour 1 1/2 cups water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce into a saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir in the orange zest, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, chopped onion, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and cool 10 to 15 minutes.


2. Place the chicken pieces into a resealable plastic bag. When contents of saucepan have cooled, pour 1 cup of sauce into bag. Reserve the remaining sauce. Seal the bag, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.


3. In another resealable plastic bag, mix the flour, salt, and pepper. Add the marinated chicken pieces, seal the bag, and shake to coat.


4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken into the skillet, and brown on both sides. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels, and cover with aluminum foil.


5. Wipe out the skillet, and add the sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Mix together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water; stir into the sauce. Reduce heat to medium low, add the chicken pieces, and simmer, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.


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Taken on June 18, 2008