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Orange Chicken Fried-Chicken Sandwiches

SERVES: Makes 4 sandwiches PREP: 45 minutes TOTAL TIME: 1 hour, 30 minutes (including minimum marinating time)
Orange Chicken Fried-Chicken Sandwiches

Orange Chicken Fried-Chicken Sandwiches

SERVES: Makes 4 sandwiches PREP: 45 minutes TOTAL TIME: 1 hour, 30 minutes (including minimum marinating time)

This freakin’ sandwich is exactly what a sandwich should be: a Panda Express knockoff in a bun.

Oh, excuse my language, but I’m honestly so f*cking excited to write about this one! The stickiness, the crispiness, the sweet, the tart, the slaw. EVERYthing about this sandwich is perfect.

To be honest, I’m guessing you guys don’t make a lot of sandwiches from recipes. I rarely get sent pictures of them. My guess is that it’s just so damn easy to just make your favorite sandwich, or to hit up a drive-thru to achieve your sammy desires. And it is!! But you also need to trust the fact that when I, an AVID sandwich eater, love a sandwich, it means: It. Is. Legit.

The funniest part of this sandwich is that it led to a heated conversation about orange chicken, a dish I LOVE, which I learned John (and his brother!) DO NOT LIKE. I wasn’t aware people didn’t like orange chicken. It’s a Panda Express world and we are just living in it! I actually call restaurants before I order their orange chicken, to make sure it’s fried and not grilled; grilled orange chicken is a waste of my precious time. Anyhow, phew. This freakin’ sandwich is exactly what a sandwich should be: a Panda Express knockoff in a bun.

Reprinted from Cravings: All Together. Copyright © 2021 by Christine Diane Teigen. Photographs copyright © 2021 by Alex Lau. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.

 

For the Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • 4 (4- to 5-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs

  • ½ cup flour

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

  • + Paprika

  • + Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Orange Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ cup unseasoned rice vinegar

  • ½ cup honey

  • 3 tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

  • 1 tablespoon Thai chili-garlic sauce

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced

For the Slaw:

  • ¹⁄8 cup Kewpie or regular mayonnaise

  • 1 ½ teaspoons hot Chinese mustard, or 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage

  • ¼ cup shredded carrot

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion

For Cooking and Assembly:

  • + Vegetable oil, for pan-frying

  • 4 potato or brioche buns, halved and lightly toasted

  • + Fresh cilantro leaves

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