Thursday, December 3, 2015

Putting Tasty to the Test: Orange Chicken Recipe

I love cooking videos. And few do them better than BuzzFeed's Tasty page on Facebook. If you've spent more than 10 seconds on Facebook in the past couple months you've surely seen one of these videos.

And for good reason! The videos are short and show how to make simple, but (as the name of the page implies) tasty dishes. They inspire a sense of, "Hey! I could make that."

But have you actually made one of those dishes? I realized, after binge watching these videos, that I'd never made one. And I happened to be watching this one right around dinner time and it tickled my taste buds.

Orange Chicken (Inspired by Panda Express)
Posted by Tasty on Saturday, November 28, 2015

So I made it.

And... It was Tasty!

What I learned

True to the premise of the video series, the dish was easy to prepare, used easy-to-use and on-hand ingredients, and tasted delicious. One of the more challenging parts about cooking new meals is knowing when to do each part of the preparation. By watching the video before preparing, you know what to expect and it's easier.

The only downside I found was not having the written ingredients. The quantities flash on the screen so fast it's hard to follow and remember. That means a lot of pausing while you prepare, or pausing while you write down the ingredients.

I'll save you the trouble and post the recipe below. But definitely watch the video first. Also, when you see the written ingredients and preparation instructions, the dish looks rather involved. But the video proves it's not. This should give people who are nervous about trying new dishes confidence that it's not that hard.

1 egg
1 tsp white pepper
1.5 tsp salt
2 chicken breasts, cubed
1/2 cup corn starch
1/4 cup flour
Vegetable oil for frying

1 Tbsp oil
2 tsp garlic
1 Tbsp ginger (fresh)
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
1 Tbsp rice wine
1.5 Tbsp soy sauce
5 Tbsp vinegar
1.5 Tbsp water
3.5 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp orange zest

1 Tbsp corn starch
1 Tbsp water

Sesame seeds
Green onions


  1. Beat the egg in a small bowl with the salt and white pepper.
  2. In another bowl, combine 1/2 cup corn starch and 1/4 cup flour.
  3. Coat the chicken pieces in the egg and then the flour/corn starch.
  4. Place in an electric frying pan with heated vegetable oil. Make sure the pieces don't clump together.
  5. Fry until the sides turn a golden brown, then flip and fry until the chicken is cooked through.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Start by sauteing 2 teaspoons garlic, 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. 
  7. Then add rice wine (I substituted rice vinegar), soy sauce, vinegar, water, sugar and orange zest. Mix well.
  8. When chicken is done, remove and place on a paper-towel lined plate so the oil can drip off.
  9. Add the chicken to the sauce and coat well.
  10. Mix 1 Tablespoon corn starch with 1 Tablespoon of water in a small bowl and add to the chicken/sauce. Mix well. This makes the sauce cling to the meat.
  11. Garnish with sesame seeds and/or sliced green onion.

One change I made was substituting clementine zest for orange zest. This was mostly done out of necessity since I decided on the spur of the moment to prepare this dish and didn't have any oranges. The substitution worked out nicely and had a nice, bright flavor.

This was definitely a keeper. So fast to prepare and yummy. Even my 19-month-old daughter, who hates most chicken, loved it. Give it a try.

Have you made any Tasty recipes from the videos? If so, which one(s)?

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Masshole Mommy said...

Orange chicken is one of my favorite things to order when I go out for Chinese, but I have never made it myself. I need to try this.

Hi, I'm Susannah! said...

Yum! I love orange chicken! I'm going to have to try to make it for myself!

Jennifer Dawn said...

Yummy! I should do this only make it Lemon Chicken! I love Asian food!

Stacey D said...

I love orange chicken! So do my kiddos. I have seen some of the short videos, but I have not made any of them.

JennaK said...

I was wondering if I could try substituting clementine zest for orange zest - so I'm glad you covered that. This sounds good, I'm going to try it this weekend.

Paula said...

My husband loves orange chicken, and there's been more than once that we've stopped off at Panda so he can get it for dinner. I like that you reviewed this and confirmed it's not too hard to make. :)

Laura O in AK said...

How have I not heard of Tasty before now?

My teen is a budding chef and we love finding new things to make at home which we've enjoyed at a restaurant or someone's home.

Roxanne Ferber said...

I have almost all of those ingredients on hand already! I'm going to have to try it this week!

Dogvills said...

This is one of my favorite Chinese dishes. Your photos made me hungry.

Di said...

I admit that I've watched more than a couple of those facebook videos and thought oh that looks super easy! However I then remember how much of a basic cook I am and figure I'll save it for a future date when my kitchen skills improve!

Ashleigh Walls said...

I can't believe I haven't heard of Tasty before. This is right up my alley with learning how to cook.

Oh Chic Mom said...

I love ordering this from the Chinese restaurant by my house. This sounds so much healthier so I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

alexandria waning said...

My daughter doesnt really like chicken either so maybe she would like this! This does sound really good. I need to do a better job at keeping more condiments(soy sauce, vinegar, etc...) around for last minute recipes.

Cathy Mini said...

I had a really similar experience when I tried to make something Tasty shared on Facebook--I really felt like the ingredients went by too fast and I had to pause like every second to get all the info I needed. I would much prefer the recipe written out, but I do love that video aspect of seeing it be done (just makes me feel like it's easy enough to reproduce the recipe if I see it with my eyes).

Donna M said...

These videos are everywhere at the moment! I haven't tried one yet, but it is such a great concept for showing people how easy something really is!

ana de jesus said...

I have never seen Buzzfeed's cooking page but being quick and simple in my eyes is a huge tick. I will check it out.