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Your family will go wild for this Baked Orange Chicken Recipe. The flavors are bright and delicious and it's a tad bit healthier than takeout since there's no deep frying involved!
The ingredients for this recipe are pretty basic. You might need to pick up a few things at the market, but I promise that all of these elements are necessary to make this dish perfect. (Okay, maybe you could skip the sesame seeds if you really have to.)
We use tamari sauce instead of soy sauce. It's a fermented soy sauce, but there is no gluten involved since it's ONLY soy and no wheat in the processing. You could use soy sauce or Bragg's Aminos if you'd rather. The flavors will turn out about the same. I buy my Aminos online at Thrive Market.
You could also opt to use fresh ginger. I couldn't get to my favorite produce market this week so I went with pre-processed ginger. It worked great for me.
Finally, you might consider substituting chicken thighs for the chicken breasts. The breasts work great, but if you have thighs on hand just use those instead. They'll turn out slightly more tender than the breast chunks. As always, make sure to test the internal temperature of the chicken to check for doneness. You can't count on how the outside looks to make sure that you're safe.
This meal is perfect for your weekly meal plan, many of the ingredients you already have on hand so it makes an inexpensive meal for the family.
I set up an assembly line to make things work smoothly from cutting board to baking sheet.
You'll dip the chicken in the egg before coating with panko bread crumbs. To make gluten free, use gluten free bread crumbs.
The baking sheet should be lined with parchment paper or a baking liner for best results.
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