Be My Guest - Orange Chicken

Being on vacation means that I can bend the rules a bit. :) I have been having a guest post a month ever since the last year but this time I decided to go for more than one this month, as I didn't want the blog to look blank throughout the month, with the limited posts that I am putting on schedule. Call me addicted or what, but somehow I don't feel comfortable that the blog remains without a post for a whole month... :) Maybe as life moves on and changes, a change in attitude may also come by but till then, let me keep it this way!

Today I have a very enthusiastic blogger as my guest today. Sherin, who blogs at Kuk's Kitchen - obviously named after her pet name! :) - pinged me after getting excited about seeing Shibi's guest post and wanted to know if she could also guest post. I love it when I get mails as such from fellow bloggers - shows their level of interest and compassion to work with other bloggers, though we are in the same field. Just goes to show that blogging is not about competition but about coexistence. So after some informat chit chats, this doctor decided to bring along this delicious chicken dish along with her. Since she has written quite a bit about herself, I wouldn't write much, but I have to definitely mention about her prawn biriyani that had its little entry to fame sometime back. Actually speaking this is the recipe that got me onto her blog, even before I had started blogging. I cannot have prawns due to allergy issues - that explains why there isn't a single prawn recipe on the blog, which I would like to change soon, InShaAllah - but that didn't stop me from drooling at the pictures, considering that I am a big biriyani fan myself.

Let me cut myself short now and welcome our guest for the day...

Hey you foodie readers of The Big Sweet Tooth.   I'm Sherin. My family know me as Kukku. I am a working mom with three hungry tums to feed (including mine). I hail from the God's Own Country (well, State!)---- Kerala. Been living in UK for nearly 10 years now. I love baking and cooking, but, most of all, I LOVE eating! (ehem ehem- do not judge me). I do not cook for the blog. I take pictures of my daily cooking when I can and feature them here. You will find that much of my recipes are of simple home cooking. Now you know why!! :) I have a variety of recipes in my blog from easy ones for busy professionals like me to complicated traditional ones which I cherish. I turned to transforming good old recipes to ever so slightly healthy versions after my son was born.

I am so pleased to be able to do a guest post for Rafeeda. She is one really talented friend I made in the blogosphere, one of the perks of being a blogger. Her passion for cooking is so evident in her work. But what strikes me most is that she is such a people's person. I feel I can see her heart. Though I have never met Rafs I feel such a great connection with her. This post is a tribute to her kind soul.

Orange chicken is an Indo-chinese sweet and sour curry that ticks all boxes for me. It is quick to make, delicious to eat and is an instant hit at the dinner table especially with kids. It goes well with a spicy rice like Schezwan fried rice or simple pilav rice. If you wish to cut down calories, bake your floured chicken pieces at 200 degrees for 15 minutes or until light brown in colour.

Orange Chicken
prep time: 15 minutes - cook time: 30 minutes - total time: 45 minutes


1- Boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-1/2” cubes) - 1 kg

2- Plain flour - 1 1/2 cup
    Salt -  1/4 tsp
    Pepper -  1/4 tsp

3- Egg (beaten) -  1

4- oil (for frying)

5- Orange juice -  1 1/2 cup
    Rice vinegar -  1/3 cup
    Soy sauce -  2 1/2 tbsp
    Water - 1 1/2 cups

6- Brown sugar -  1 cup
    Ginger - 1/2 tsp, grated
   Garlic - 1/2 tsp. grated
   Spring onion -  2 tbsp (chopped)
   Orange zest - 1/2 tsp

7- Cornflour - 3 tbsp
    Water -  1/4 cup

8- Dried red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp

·  Combine (2). Dip chicken in beaten egg and shake in flour mixture to coat. deep fry chicken in batches.
·  Combine (5) blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. stir in (6), bring to a boil.
·  Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly. slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens. Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and if desired add red pepper flakes.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe. Please do try and share your experience here. Thanks again for having me here Rafeeda. God bless.

I am so glad to have you on my space too dear... hope all of you enjoyed this delicious orange chicken! :)

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