I had this on my "to make" list for awhile and couldn't hardly wait any longer. You see I LOVE anything Chinese and thought this was a great alternative to the fried yumminess that is the usual Chinese food. This recipe did not disappoint! It came from another of my fave blogs: MyKitchenCafe, I love her stuff!
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2" cubes 1/2 cup flour 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons oil or butter
1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 1/3 cup rice vinegar 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon finely minced ginger 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 tablespoons green onion 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 cup water
Heat oven to 350. In a shallow dish combine the flour, garlic powder and pepper. Dip each piece of chicken in flour mixture and coat evenly.
Pour oil (or melt butter and pour) in a shallow baking dish, large enough to accommodate chicken in a single layer. Arrange chicken in pan and bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine water, fresh orange juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, orange zest and whisk over medium heat for a few minutes. Then stir in brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and green onion and let it come to a boil. Combine cornstarch with water and let it dissolve and add it to the sauce until thickened.
After chicken has baked the 30 minutes, turn each piece over and pour 1/2 sauce mixture evenly over chicken. Bake another 30 to 40 minutes basting frequently.
Serve chicken over rice with extra sauce on the side.