What would your dream night consist of? Now don’t go all hog-wild on me. Just a regular night with your family, but you get to pick what you eat and how you hang out!
We do that every Monday around here. We have a good ole fashioned Family Night and we all rotate turns. Just like my mom did for all of us growing up!
If it’s your Family Night, you pick the meal and the after-dinner activity. It might be as simple as going for a walk, heading to the park, playing a game or being in control of the remote that evening. But it’s your choice and everybody participates without grumbling.
Every month when my daughter’s turn comes around, she picks some kind of Chinese food. Every. Single. Time.
So this past week, I made a homemade Sesame Orange Chicken that we all declared was my best attempt yet at from scratch Chinese food. And, guys, this girl is 10 so I’ve been practicing for awhile!
In addition to her Chinese food addiction, she’s also become a bit obsessed with Mancala
In the process, we’ve all become a bit obsessed! Have you ever played?? I never even heard of this game until Christmas when my son insisted on buying it for her as his gift, but now I play it a couple times a week! It’s an ancient Arabic counting game that is really easy to learn but still challenging for adults or kids! You can whip through one game in just a couple minutes, but I promise, you’ll be playing it for the next hour trying out new strategies!
So, basically, my point of the post is this girl won with best Family Night of the Month this round.
Sesame Orange Chicken
This homemade recipe for sesame orange chicken is better (and healthier) than take-out!
- 2 pounds boneless skinless, chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup 2 tablespoons cornstarch divided
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- For the marinade:
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha or more, to taste
Combine all of the marinade ingredients. In a large bowl, combine chicken and 2/3 cup of the marinade; marinate for 1 hour. Drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade.
Heat remaining marinade in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. In a small bowl, stir 2 tablespoons cornstarch combined with 2 tablespoons water and then add to boiling marinade. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened about 2-3 minutes; keep warm.
Working a couple pieces at a time, dip the chicken into the eggs, then dredge in remaining 1 cup cornstarch, pressing to coat.
Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan. Working in batches, add chicken and fry until golden brown and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
Toss chicken with cooked marinade and serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds.