Our New Year's tradition is usually Chinese take-out to bring in the new year.
This year we tried a new recipe, Orange Chicken posted on the blog, favorite family recipes.
It takes awhile to make but it's so worth it.
recipe from: blogchef.net
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-1/2” cubes)
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 eggs (beaten)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Oil (for frying)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons FRESH orange juice
¼ cup FRESH lemon juice
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon orange zest (grated)
1 cup packed brown sugar (I actually added a little more brown sugar... )
½ teaspoon ginger root (minced)
½ teaspoon garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons green onion (chopped)
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (we added more... again, we like it HOT)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 c. water
Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture and shake in flour mixture to coat. Deep fry chicken in batches at 375 degrees in a deep fryer (or use a wok) until completely cooked.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine 1 cup water, lemon juice, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger garlic, and onion. 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 and garnish with green onions.
We also made some yummy ham fried rice to go with it.
Ham Fried Rice
1 package fried rice seasoning mix
1/2 cup chopped ham
3 green onions
2 TB olive oil
1 cup peas and carrots, cooked
3 cups cooked rice, cold
2 eggs, beaten with a splash of milk
2 TB soy sauce
Heat oil in large skillet, add rice and green onions. Stir on medium heat for 6 minutes. Add rice seasoning packet, you can find these in the Asian section of your super market. Add soy sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
Push rice to the side and add eggs, cook on medium heat and scramble when eggs start to set. Stir all together. Add ham, peas and carrots. Heat through and serve :)
For New Year's Dinner........don't forget the decorations.
- wine glasses
- party hats
- party horns
- and lots of good food and music :)
You have to have fortune cookies on New Year's Eve :)
Dipped in peanut butter and chocolate. YUM!
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies
1 package fortune cookies
1 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
1 cup peanut butter chips, melted
chocolate chips or sprinkles
Melt chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl for 1 minute, stir and repeat until creamy and smooth. Repeat for peanut butter chips.
Dip fortune cookies in milk chocolate, place on waxed paper until set. Dip other side in peanut butter and top with mini chocolate chips or sprinkles. Let cool, open and Celebrate :)
Happy New Year 2011 to you and yours!