Vegan Orange Chicken (Tofu)
Vegan Orange Chicken is meant to be reassuring, pleasant, and enjoyable. Healthy, however, does not necessarily mean low-calorie or all-vegetable. In order to be healthy, you must also look after your emotional well-being and give yourself permission to indulge in foods that make you happy. In the end, food plays a significant role in our culture, community, and family.
I’m glad I found this orange tofu recipe. One of my favorite weekend meals as a child was orange chicken. I was so enamored with it that I eagerly anticipated orange chicken and movie night every week. I’m glad to inform that I have veganized my favorite orange chicken, orange tofu style, after a few experiments. Oh, and in case you’re curious…
Vegan Orange Chicken Ingredients
- neutral oil in a half cup (I used canola)
- 1 package (16 ounces/454 grams) of tofu
- all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup
- 30 ml of cornstarch
- 1/1-3 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of powdered garlic
- 0.5 teaspoons of salt
- Orange juice, 1 cup
- 3/4 to 1 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce or tamari
- Rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons
- a teaspoon of Sriracha (optional)
- 2 tablespoons ginger root, crushed
- 1 teaspoon of garlic mince
- 1 teaspoon of flakes of red pepper
- 1 tablespoon orange zest and 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Press and wipe off the tofu. If you use Trader Joe’s High Protein Tofu, there is no need to press. Tofu can be broken up into tiny 1-inch chunks. The dough retains its crispness thanks to the rough edges.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, salt, and garlic powder. Blend well. Whisk in the water until a dough forms. It should not be too thick, but it should be a little runny.
- To evenly coat the tofu, add chunks to the batter.
- Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu pieces individually. Fry each side for 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown. Place on a plate covered with paper towels when ready to absorb excess oil.
- In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce and stir until well combined. Simmer the sauce in a skillet over medium heat, stirring, for five minutes. Make sure to drain the oil out of the skillet first if you used it for frying.
- Add the crispy tofu once the sauce has thickened and simmered for at least 5 minutes. Mix into the sauce until all of the pieces are coated evenly.
- Serve over steamed white or earthy colored rice and appreciate!