Baked Orange-Flavored Chicken
Why This Recipe Works
To upgrade the classic but often lackluster orange-flavored chicken recipe, we marinated the chicken in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar, vinegar, fresh orange juice, and chicken broth, reserving some marinade to become the base for the final sauce. We created a tender-crisp coating for our orange chicken recipe by dunking the marinated chicken first in egg white, then cornstarch. The egg white created a thin sheath of protein beneath the cornstarch that kept the chicken dry, helping it brown more readily than a wet, gluey coating would.