Christmas is getting closer! What are your plans? We will be spending time with friends and family back home. My husband has to work the week after Christmas in Oregon, so we are making the trek back home to get a little taste of Winter. I am excited to see my Dad and my Best Friend, and all the ladies back home that I used to hang with. Unfortunately Taylor can't get off work here in Cali. I am sad. It is my very first Christmas away from my daughter. Not to worry. The entire house will be full of her friends. We have a 4 bedroom house and all the girls have decided to make it a mini vacation to move in here. They all have jobs and are busy and so I figure the more the Merrier. That way the pets will always have someone. I don't even want to know what the house will look like while I am gone. Before I get a bunch of negative comments... I know I have been blogging about her for 2 years now, but she is 18 now, yes she is growing up. She has 2 jobs and this is busy season for them. It is the bosses fault and not mine. When we planned the trip, we thought she could take time off. Unfortunately, we were wrong. I have stocked the fridge and freezer and she has access to all of my recipes. She is planning on cooking Christmas dinner for her friends following my holiday cooking guide. I hope I did a good enough job writing down the recipes so she can do it. She will have a lot of help. I say all the time that I am exhausted cooking all day for them, but the truth is, these kids are all family to me. I hope if only for a while I can be a positive influence in their lives. Still, a vacation is always nice. A break from non stop feeding and cleaning. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. The kids are all growing up and this will be a good test run for them.
So before I leave, I wanted to make a little Comfort Food. What do you consider your comfort food? I have said before that mine is pasta. Pasta and cheese to be exact. My kids however, would go for sweet orange chicken.
This dish has been a family favorite long before the Celiac diagnosis. I adapted it years ago from food.com. If you do all the steps correctly it is very very yummy. I like to make mine with red pepper flakes, but I have to leave them out when I make it for the kids. They don't like spice. If you are a fan of sweet asian dishes, then this is your dish! Enjoy!
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 cup corn starch
1 TBSP corn starch
1/4 cup rice flour
1 TBSP minced ginger root
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp crushed red chili peppers (you can omit if you don't like spice)
1/4 cup green onion
1 TBSP rice wine
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp sesame oil
Place chicken pieces in large bowl.
Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well.
Stir 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup gluten free flour together.
Mix corn starch/flour mixture and chicken stirring to coat.
Add egg mixture, stirring to coat.
Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees.
Add chicken, small batches at a time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden crisp.
Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; set aside.
Put a large saucepan over high heat for 15 seconds.
Add 1 tablespoon canola oil.
Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant; about 10 seconds.
Add and stir-fry crushed chiles and green onions.
Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds.
Add Orange Sauce and bring to boil.
Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed.
Stir water into remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until smooth and add to chicken.
Heat until sauce is thickened.
Stir in sesame oil
Serve over cooked basmati rice.