Skip the takeout and eat in with this incredibly tasty orange chicken dish! Sweet and spicy pieces of tender chicken in every bite.
In a medium saucepan combine the orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and chili flakes. Cook for 3 minutes on medium heat.
In a separate bowl mix together 2 tbsp cornstarch and 2 tbsp cold water, stir until a paste forms.
Add the cornstarch paste to the orange mixture and cook for 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Once thick, remove from heat and add the orange zest. Keep warm, stirring occasionally, while making the chicken.
Use a shallow dish or pie plate and add 2/3 c flour, 2/3 cup cornstarch and salt. Mix.
In a separate bowl whisk the eggs.
Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture and then coat with the flour mixture. Place pieces on a plate.
Pour 2-3 inches of oil in a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Use a thermometer to check that the oil reaches 350 °F
Place several pieces of chicken into the oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes turning so all sides become a golden brown. Once cooked place the chicken on a paper towel to drain. Repeat until all the chicken has been fried.
Toss the chicken in the Orange sauce. If you desire to garnish with green onions & orange zest and serve with rice.