A copy-cat Trader Joe’s Chinese dish, Sesame Orange Chicken has fresh orange juice in the sauce, thickened by the cornstarch dredged on the chicken pieces. Enjoy with freshly made sticky rice.
“Sometimes I feel like I’m in prison!” my son declares after he describes the variety of bland tasting fried and frozen foods the school cafeteria has to offer.
Ok, his perspective might be skewed just a smidgin, but I get where he is coming from. He’s offspring from a foodie family. His taste buds are probably a tiny bit more refined than the average college student. Going from mom’s kitchen of homemade “The Bomb” Potpie and Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes, straight to preservative-laden, cafeteria-style cooking takes a few adjustments… umm, just a few 😉
He continued the conversation explaining that he didn’t have lunch because he lost his student ID card, AND while getting a new one, the dining hall closed, which by the way, wouldn’t re-open until dinner time.
My kid was starving!!
I felt a stab directly to my heart. A quick jab, and although painful, it only lasted for a second or two because I remembered that I sent plenty of snacks after the holiday break. “Have a snack until dinner, I suggested.” “Mom, I ate everything except for the last few bagels, which I tossed because they got moldy!”
For the record, there are plenty of fast-food places on campus, but my son would hate to spend the cash when he has this campus meal plan going on.
We chit-chatted some more, and then he asked, “So what have you been cooking up?” (Knife inserted, now twist, please!)
Really?! You want me to torture you with delectable details while your aching stomach is growling for fuel? What mom would add to their kids’ misery?! I threw him a bone, “Oh, not much. I made meatloaf a few days ago.”
I couldn’t tell him what he has been missing! I couldn’t tell him that I made one of his favorite Chinese dishes, Sesame Orange Chicken.
He doesn’t read my blog, so it’s our secret, ok?!
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in bite size pieces
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
- 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 scallions, sliced (save top for garnish)
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoon Chili Garlic Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 large orange, juiced
- Hot cooked rice
Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds (pan toasted, if you prefer).
Another care package should be arriving at his dorm in a couple of days 🙂
Recipe from Hye Thyme Cafe