Clementine Chicken is a twist on the popular Asian dish, Orange Chicken. Clementine oranges are a variety of the tasty mandarin orange, are easy to peel and are almost always seedless. Also known as Christmas Oranges because of their availability from mid-November through January, California clementine oranges will only be in local markets another week or so before they are “lost and gone forever” and you’ll be “dreadful sorry” you missed them. So pick up a box of fresh clementines today at Trader Joe’s, Cosentino’s, local Safeways or a Santa Clara County farmers market and make this easy, spicy Clementine Orange Chicken.
4 – 5 clementine oranges
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon dry sherry or 1 teaspoon rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar or honey
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders, cut crosswise in half
4 green onions, thinly sliced
Clementine Orange Chicken with Soba Noodles
• Peel 2 of the clementine oranges and divide into segments. Set aside.
• Peel the remaining oranges and squeeze the juice to make 1/3 cup.
• Add the soy sauce, sherry (or vinegar), sesame oil, brown sugar (or honey), ginger and cornstarch to the orange juice. Stir to combine well. Set aside.
• Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
• Add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to the hot oil. Stir fry for 30 seconds.
• Add the chicken and stir-fry for 4 – 5 minutes until chicken is no longer pink and is starting to brown.
• Stir the orange juice mixture and pour into the skillet with the chicken.
• Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thick and bubbly, about 1 minute.
• Remove from heat and stir in the clementine orange segments.
• Scatter the sliced green onions over the top and serve.
Clementine Orange Chicken is delicious served with steamed white or brown rice but for something different, serve it with cooked Japanese soba noodles. Serves 4.
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