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vegan orange chicken

Vegan Orange Chicken (Tofu)


  • Author: Anna Rios
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Fried tofu in sweet and sour homemade orange sauce. I’m sure this dish can turn anyone who hates tofu into a tofu lover!


Ingredients

Scale

Tofu:

  • 1/2 cup of neutral oil (I used canola)
  • 1 package of tofu (16 oz / 454 g)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 / 4-1 / 3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Sauce:

  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 1 / 3-1 / 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Instructions

  1. Press and pat dry the tofu. No need to press if you use Trader Joe’s High Protein Tofu. Cut the tofu into small 1-inch nuggets. The rough edges allow the dough to stay and become more crisp.
  2. Add the flour, cornstarch, salt, and garlic powder to a mixing bowl. Mix well. Add water and beat until dough forms. You want it to be a little runny but not too thick.
  3. Add chunks of tofu to the batter and coat evenly.
  4. Turn a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Once the oil is hot, add the tofu pieces one by one. Fry for 5-6 minutes on each side or until golden brown. When ready, place on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
  5. Add all the sauce ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Add the sauce to a skillet over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes while stirring. If you use the same skillet you used for frying, be sure to get the oil out first.
  6. Once the sauce has thickened and simmered for at least 5 minutes, add the crispy tofu. Add sauce until all pieces are evenly coated.
  7. Serve over steamed white or brown rice and enjoy!

Notes

* See above for oil-free options

* For a chicken-like texture, freeze and thaw the tofu before cooking

* Can be made gluten-free with GF all-purpose flour

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked / Fried
  • Cuisine: Asian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Keywords: vegan, plant-based, vegan comfort food, vegan chinese food, vegan orange chicken