“A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.”

By: musicisfoodoflove

Jul 01 2010

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-Benny Green

In honor of this Jazz reference quote, I shall put up a classic (Not Benny Green…but still great):

Isfahan, Duke Ellington:


Wow, this recipe took a while to make…Good God!  So as much as I am trying to make light fast meals…my chinese-take-out-instinct took over.  Hence: Homemade Orange Sesame Chicken and fried rice.

Chicken breast or strips (skinless, boneless)


1 cup broth (either chicken or vegetable)
1 cup orange juice (with pulp is better)
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
3-4 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tbs ground ginger
2 tbs chili powder
3 tbs sesame oil
1.5 tbs sriracha
the peel of 1 orange, chopped

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces
warm sauce up on the stove, then measure about 1/2-3/4 a cup out and pour it over chicken.

3 tbs cornstarch
3 tbs water
mix this together and pour into saucepan with remaining sauce.

1 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbs chili powder
1 tsp ground pepper
1/8 cup water

-mix these together

separate 3 egg whites and yolk, set yolk aside (don’t throw this away!)

whisk egg whites, add cornstarch mixture to it.  Take chicken, which is in the sauce and move into cornstarch mixture.  Let sit in the cornstarch for about 15-20 minutes.

Heat up oil for frying (I use a pot and a gas stove so I am unsure of the temperature…low heat is best), I used a mixture of Peanut and a little more sesame oil for taste.  Fry until a golden brown.  Dump the chicken into the pan with the sauce and toss, then add sesame seeds on top.

Fried Rice-

Again, this is one of those recipes that you can add anything to really, but this is what I did:

1 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup  chopped red cabbage
1/2 cup chopped carrots
Day old, or fresh white rice (depending on how many people…I had about 5 cups of cooked rice)
3 egg yolks (from before)
Oil (peanut/sesame)
Soy Sauce

Put a generous amount of oil in a pan, fry veggies until tender
Add egg yolk and mix quickly
When egg is cooked, add 1/2 of the rice to pot
Add 1/3 cup of soy sauce
Stir until rice is saturated with soy sauce
Add the rest of the rice, giving it a light/dark contrast.


This is so so so tasty! Let me know what you think.

With Love,



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