Citrus Chicken

Ingredients for Chicken and Coating:
Garlic Olive Oil for frying
4 whole egg whites
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
4 whole boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces

Ingredients for Sauce:
1/2 c. orange juice
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Pink Grapefruit White Balsamic
1/4 tsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
dash of salt
dash of crushed red pepper, more to taste
1 clove Black Garlic, mushed
2 tsp. minced ginger
1 tsp. cornstarch (additional)
1/4 c. water
2 whole green onions, sliced

For the chicken:
In a large bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and egg whites with a fork until almost frothy, about 1 minute. Add the chicken to the mixture and allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

For the sauce:
Meanwhile, put the orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, salt, crushed red pepper, garlic and ginger in a small nonstick skillet and whisk together. Heat until bubbling and starting to thicken, about 3-4 minutes. Whisk together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch slurry to the sauce. Mix in and thicken for 1 minute. (If sauce gets overly thick, just add in another 1/4 cup water and whisk in.)

Heat about 2 inches of Garlic Olive Oil in a heavy-bottomed pot until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil registers 350F. In batches, carefully drop a few pieces of chicken into the oil (drop them in one by one to keep them from sticking together) and move it around, 2-3 minutes or until light golden. Let the pieces drain on a plate lined with paper towels for 2 to 3 minutes. Then drop them back into the oil for 1 minute to really solidify the coating. Toss the chicken in the sauce and serve immediately with sliced green onions on the the bias.

*Tested in Asian Cooking Class

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