Butter Chicken With Orange Sauce
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoon cornflour
salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons cornflour
Juice of 2 oranges
some olive oil
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
some raisins or other dried fruit
- Cut the breast lengthwise, about 3cm wide. Here, in Las Palmas, Mercadona sells it pre-cut (they call it "solomillo de pollo").
- Season the pieces with salt and pepper.
- On a plate, mix the 2 types of flour together.
- Coat the pieces of chicken with this mix.
- In a frying pan, heat a knob of butter and some olive oil.
- Dip the chicken pieces, one by one, into the beaten egg and shallow fry them in the pan on a medium-low heat (as a guide, mark 4 / 9). If the pieces are quite thick, you may have to fry them on the side a little to make sure the inside gets cooked.
- When they are golden brown, turn them over.
- I've never timed it, but I guess it'll take about 3-5 mins per side. Cooking is an art, so go with your gut feeling!
- While the chicken is being fried, grate or thinly cut some peel of an orange. Avoid the white part (called pith), as this will make the sauce bitter.
- Chop the peel into small pieces.
- Cut the oranges into halves, and squeeze them for juice.
- In a small saucepan, heat a little butter on a slow flame.
- Add a teaspoon of brown sugar.
- Since orange juice is rather sour, to avoid putting too much sugar, I normally add some dried fruit. I often use raisins as they are cheap and I always have some in the kitchen, but you can use your favourite, or leave it out altogether.
- Stir for a few seconds, then add the juice, but keep a little of the juice aside.
- Don't forget the chicken!
- Keep the juice on the fire while you tend to the chicken.
- Put 2 teaspoons of cornflour in a small cup. Add the remaining juice, a little at a time, stirring constantly.
- When the flour is completely dissolved, add it to the juice in the saucepan, again stirring it constantly. If you don't, it may get lumpy.
- Keep it on the fire until it thickens to a consistency you like.
- By now, the chicken ought to be cooked. Remove them to a plate.
- Pour the sauce over the chicken.
- You can serve it with a refreshing salad, some boiled potatoes and carrots, or whatever takes your fancy!
- Wallow in the compliments your guests will shower you with!