This Sweet and Sour Chicken with Orange and Maple Syrup Glaze is a new family favorite! It is a perfect dinner idea for everyone who loves a great mix of flavors!
Earlier I posted a quick and easy version of my favorite Orange Chicken which utilizes the sweet and spicy orange glaze. Today, I want to show you the real long version of the mouthwatering, juicy and full flavor Sweet and Sour Chicken with a more defined orange and maple syrup glaze. Are you feeling hungry yet? I am!
The idea for my recipe came to me after I made sweet and sour chicken, using a recipe from NatashasKitchen.com. Her techniques are really amazing and I want to give her a credit for such an inspiration! However, I was playing around with the ingredients, and finally, came out with my own version.
I added some different ingredients to the sauce to give it some zing. I always like to add orange juice and zest to the sauce, the acidity enhances the complexity of the glaze with the next ingredient.
Instead of adding granulated sugar, I mix brown sugar and maple syrup. I have to tell you that it brings the glaze to a whole new level! Maple syrup helps the sauce caramelize beautifully and gives an additional bouquet of flavors.
And, of course, I have to add some red pepper flakes to make that sweet and spicy contrast. I usually add about half a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, but you can totally add a bit more or less, depending on your tastes.
Usually, it takes me about 2 hours to make this dish, which is a reason why I don’t make it too often. However, this recipe is enough for 5 people and I always have some leftovers for the next day. I serve Sweet and Sour Chicken with some rice and broccoli, and sprinkle a little bit of sesame seeds on top.
I hope you will like the recipe! And don’t forget to leave a comment below to let me know what you think about it!