Brighten Your Day with Oranges!

Brighten Your Day with Oranges!

Text & Photos by Chef Majida Makhamreh Nasrawi

If you are feeling a little blue with the lockdown and all, these orange-inspired recipes will brighten your day and change your mood!

Sweet & Sour Orange Chicken

This homemade recipe is even better than restaurant-made sweet and sour chicken!


1 cup chicken stock

½ cup freshly squeezed

orange juice

½ cup sugar

1⁄3 cup white vinegar

¼ cup soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp orange zest

¼ tsp ginger

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tbsp water

For the chicken

4 boneless chicken breasts, cubed

¾ cup cornstarch

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups vegetable oil


1. In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, orange zest, ginger, black pepper and red pepper flakes; set aside

2. Place the chicken into a bowl with the whisked eggs, then toss the chicken (taking care to let the egg drip off it) into a large ziplock bag full of the cornstarch. Zip and shake until evenly coated

3. Heat oil and start working in batches, add the chicken and fry until golden brown and cooked through, then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate

4. Put the fried chicken in an oven dish. Whisk together one tablespoon of cornstarch and one tablespoon of water, add to the sauce and then pour over the chicken

5. Place in the oven and bake uncovered for 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so

6. Remove and serve immediately

Orange Pound Cake


3 large eggs

¾ cup sugar

1 13 cup flour

½ tsp baking powder

23 cup butter

1 large orange (juice + zest)


1. Mix eggs and sugar until soft

2. Add the butter and the rest of the ingredients and bake in the oven for 40 minutes

Orange Rice Pudding


1 cup short-grain rice

5 cups milk

1 orange, juiced

½ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Zest of one orange


1. Add the rice with the milk and vanilla and keep stirring on low heat until the rice is almost done

2. After the rice is almost done, add the sugar, orange juice and zest

3. Mix and turn off the heat

4. Put the pudding in serving plates, cover with nylon wrap and refrigerate until cold

Did you know?

Smelling an orange can help relieve stress and eating one can reduce stress by more than 70%