FOR THE ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE:
5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons white vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons water
grated zest from 1 orange (optional)*
FOR THE CHICKEN:
2 pounds boneless chicken pieces, skinned
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch, divided use
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon minced ginger root
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 dash crushed hot red chilies
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon rice wine
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
TO PREPARE THE ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE:
Stir together the ingredients for the sauce; set aside.
TO PREPARE THE CHICKEN:
Cut chicken pieces into 2-inch squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well; set aside.
Stir 1/2 cup cornstarch and the flour together. Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat.
Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees F. Add chicken pieces, small batch at time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crisp. (Do not overcook or chicken will be tough.) Remove chicken from oil with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant.
Add and stir-fry crushed chilies 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. Add to chicken and heat until sauce is thickened.
Stir in 1 tablespoon oil and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Serve at once.
*You may want to add grated zest of 1 orange to the sauce for flavor.