Friday Favorites | The Traditional XMas Dinner

Once again, the week has cycled through and we’ve found ourselves at Friday. More specifically, it’s Christmas Eve. More specifically, it’s Chinese Food and a Movie Eve.

It’s no secret that the traditional Christmas activity for people of the Jewish persuasion is to see a movie (What will it be this year? Tron to satisfy your future grooms? How Do You Know with the family while you secretly gush over Paul Rudd?) followed by a gourmet Christmas dinner of Chinese food at your local, regular place. Nothing says December 25th like popcorn in the afternoon, followed by won ton soup and kung pao chicken in the evenings. It’s the Christmas meal of champions.

But what if you’re snowed in and can’t get to your favorite joint for beef with broccoli? Or maybe the Chinese restaurant you like actually closed for Christmas this year! We want to share a recipe with you that empowers you to make your own Chinese food. Next year, you’ll have your whole synagogue knocking down your door with this fabulous orange chicken dish as you learn to cook Chinese food like the nice Jewish girl that you are.


2 pounds boneless chicken pieces, skinned
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
White pepper
Oil (for frying)
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon cornstarch
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

Orange Chicken Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon water
5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons white vinegar


Cut chicken pieces into 2-inch squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon oil and mix well. Stir cornstarch and flour together.

Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat. Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375 degrees. 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 sesame oil.

Serve at once. You may want to add grated zest of 1 orange to the sauce for flavor.

We suggest serving with some brown rice, green onions, and steamed broccoli for a complete and delicious meal! L’chaim!

And to give you some inspiration while you cook, we want to show you this video that’s totally tappin’ into our message! Enjoy the laughs!