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Thread: Recipe for Trader Joes Mandarin Orange Chicken?

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    Thanks to all!

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    OK, so i finally got around to trying this out and with a reference bag from a TJ:s pack (brought the sauce bags home from last trip to the US and threw out the chicken) I got pretty close. Next time is for the sons birthday so i hope I'll get even a bit closer still.

    Anyway the youngest had 3 helpings and shone like the sun!

    So, BIG THANKS to all for the help!

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    Did you discover any improvements to the ingredient list or the web recipe we found? (I think my son might be a fan also...)

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    Well, this may not be applicable to you since i basically use Swedish ingredients and not all are the same. My boy is 5 and not too fond of spices, mind you.

    For the glaze i mainly went by the web recipe.
    Next time i will (for the glaze):
    - Back off a little on the chilli bean paste
    - Exchange the mandarin peel zest and use fresh squeezed mandarin orange juice instead (we added juice this time to, but the bitterness of the zest came through a bit anyway)
    - We used a bit more sugar (that may be from my miscalculating cups to deciliters and approximating though)
    - We increased the amount of broth
    - Maybe find a lighter soy sauce

    I'll also use bigger chicken pieces, less batter and a wider pan (this was our first time ever deep frying anything, tells you a bit about Sweden, doesn't it?)

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    OK, so i finetuned the recipe for the glaze while i had yesterdays version fresh in memory.
    Compared to the web recipe found by ajrh above :
    - No mandarine orange zest
    - Add juice from 1 1/2 mandarine orange (wife squeezed so not until dry)
    - Slightly less soy
    - 1/2 of the chilli bean paste

    I let the glace reduce a bit (not much simmered for like 15 minutes)

    This brought us very close to the TJ:s version.


    We had a bonus kid here today and all ate with good apetit. The connoiseur (my 5 year old) said this version was better than yesterdays.
    Good luck!

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    I'll have to save this recipe for the future. Nowadays we pretty much eat vegetarian but I hope, when our small one grows up, the carnivores will outnumber the vegetarians
    Thanks for this, Robin!

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    Relatively cheap way to have Chinese in Sweden and i gotta admit. The home deepfry version is a lot better (albeit less good looking) than what we are used to.
    I might actually try to make proper french fries one day...

    Good luck on turning the girlfriend!

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    Oh, while i remember, the recipe and TJ:s ingredient list calls for brown/thigh chicken meat. I tried this and breast and the thighs i feel were better.

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