I'm not going to lie, sometimes, I really miss the carefree days of eating at restaurants and not cooking at home. I lived very close to the city of Chicago most of my young adult life and had the privilege of sampling so many different cuisines. B.C, "before children", my husband and I loved visiting Asian restaurants. In particular Thai and Chinese standout with their amazingly flavorful dishes. I was always a fan of the thick, velvety sauces that would coat either rice or noodles and the combination of sweet and sour flavor just make my mouth water.
I realize that it would be a miracle to find a restaurant that would accommodate my family's list of allergens, especially avoiding soy, eggs, and nuts.
ma Longing to re-create some of those flavor memories and share them with my children, I set out to create a dish that was inspired by the familiar mix of sweet and sour flavors.
To the kitchen I went to figure out not only the flavors, but how to work around our food restrictions. For example, to get a crust on the chicken that will allow for a sauce to thicken normally would call for coating the chicken with egg whites and cornstarch and/or flour. As an alternative to those other ingredients, I mixed applesauce, a little water, and arrowroot to get similar results. Applesauce tends to be my go-to egg substitute and I prefer to use arrowroot as my thickening agent. I was able to get a nice caramelization on the outside of the chicken as well as end up with a thick, velvety sauce.
Feel free to serve this as a meal by adding over rice, noodles, or your choice of a starch. I hope you enjoy this as much as me and my family does!
Ginger Orange Chicken
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