Today I’m feeling a bit fancier than usual, today is posh Sara talking haha.
What I mean is that this is not an everyday kind of recipe, this is more of the “luxury” version of the chicken haha. That one that you would make if you want to impress your parents and show them you finally learn how to cook, to your date to make sure he likes you, to your friends to boast about your culinary skills…etc haha.
The funny thing about is that it’s pretty easy to do but no one would know that if we don’t tell haha. You just need to pronounce the name of this dish in French “Poulet à l’orange” and it will automatically sound as if it took you a lot of effort.
Anyway, let’s get started and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Ingredients (2 people):
- 2 leg quarters of chicken
- 1 onion
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 3 oranges
- Olive oil
The Chicken itself
First thing you need to do is grabbing your chicken and cut it into smaller pieces. At least if you chose the leg quarters as I did. Using a chopping board and a big and sharpened knife cut them exactly where the joint is. This way you won’t have to cut the bone and it will be so much easier. More or less, you will get 4 pieces like the one you see on the pic:
Do they look similar? Great!! Then we can go on!
Next step will be browning the chicken in a quite large pan with a bit olive oil. When the oil is really hot place your chicken inside the pan and let it cook for a few minutes on each side until it goes brown on the surface. It doesn’t need to be cooked completely because we will go back to it at the end and we’ll finish cooking it.
All right! For now, we are done with the chicken. Just save it in a spare plate for later.
The orangy sauce
To obtain this apparently difficult sauce all you have to do is chopping the onion and sauté it in the same olive oil we cooked the chicken. Add 2-3 cloves of garlic, but do not chop them; it’s better if we keep them in one piece so that we can take them out later if want to do so.
While the onion is cooking, we can start squeezing our oranges in order to obtain a big volume of orange juice. The more orange juice the better. We can always drink the rest in case we do not end up using the whole thing.
I used 3 oranges for this recipe and as you can see I got quite a lot of orange juice, and used it all. Why not!? We like orange! Yey!!
Hey! Hey! Do not forget about the onion! As always, when it starts losing its white color and turns almost transparent or brownie you’ll now it’s ready. A few minutes before this point, add a full spoon of flour to your pan. This will improve the consistency of the sauce. Trust me! It is definitely a professional trick!
After around 3-4 minutes the flour will be toasted enough, which means you can finally pour all the orange juice over the onion and mix it all together. And guess what guys?! The sauce is ready!
Once you have added the orange juice, wait until it starts boiling and put the chicken back into your pan. The heat should be turn to medium if it was not already. We don’t want the chicken to stick to the bottom of the pan, do we? Flip the chicken every five minutes to avoid this as well.
Leave it for around 30-45 minutes. This will help the chicken to finally cook properly and will make the sauce much more consistent and rich in flavor and so will be the chicken because it will soak with the orange juice and trust me, it will taste delicious!!
And one last and crucial advice. Sprinkle some sugar and some salt over the sauce little by little until you get ride of the bitterness of the orange. You’ll need to have a taste every now and then until you get the sweet and soar flavor you are looking for.
Tic Tac Tic Tac….the 45 minutes are over!!! And our orange chicken is ready!!! I think it looks amazing!! What do you think?¿
My flatmate and I can asure you it was absolutely delicious and tasty! And if you dip a bit of bread in the sauce…Omg!! You cannot even imagine! It tasted like heaven! Seriously! You need to make this at home! You won’t regret it!
I hope you guys liked this post and have fun the rest of the week! Eat loads! 😉