If you’ve read any of this blog, you know I love to cook. However, I am blessed with a wife who makes great food. She Who Must Be Obeyed spoiled me rotten and made an incredible meal. Orange Chicken, her incredible creamy coleslaw, broccoli salad and baked potatoes. Sell my clothes, I think I’ve gone to heaven.
The Orange Chicken is done in a different style of cooking using an unglazed pot. You can learn more by going to the manufacturer’s site, Romertopf. We have had ours for decades and it makes incredible dishes, particularly chicken.
• 3 to 4 pound chicken
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• 2 medium oranges, grate the zest off and save, peel the oranges and cut the pulp to wedges
• 1/2 cup orange juice
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon ginger root
• 1/2 teaspoon allspice
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• arrowroot (Arrowroot is a starchy thickener. If you can’t find it in your supermarket you can find it in health food stores. You can use cornstarch but it doesn’t give as nice a texture to the sauce.)
When using a clay pot, you soak the top and bottom in cold water for 15 minutes before using.
Wash the chicken inside and out in cold water. Rub chicken with salt, pepper and garlic on all interior and exterior surfaces. Stuff the bird with the orange wedges.
Put the chicken in the clay pot, breast side down. Sprinkle orange zest over the bird. Mix together the soy sauce, ginger, allspice and brown sugar. Pour it over the bird. Put the cover on the pot and put it in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 480 F. Cook for 1 hour 20 minutes.
Take the chicken out of the pot and pour the liquid into a saucepan. Put the chicken back in the pot and put it in the oven for 10 minutes uncovered to brown.
While the chicken is browning, bring the liquid to a boil and add the arrowroot. If you are using cornstarch, dissolve it in a tablespoon of cold water before adding to the liquid.
Carve the bird and serve with sauce.
I love this and the fact that She Who Must Be Obeyed makes it for me shows she must love me.
It also shows she is a great cook (don’t tell her I said that).
The Old Fat Guy