Looking for great recipe to grill then Orange Chicken is perfect choice. The chicken has a moist citrus profile with a Asian finish. The orange citrus marinate is the key to this wonderful recipe.
Orange Chicken Marinate:
The fundamentals of making a great orange chicken is in the marinating. The key is to use fresh orange and it’s zest for primary flavor. Build complementary flavors using fresh ginger root, soy sauce and some Turbinado sugar to boost the profile. Finally adding neutral oil to help grilling and browning the chicken as its grilling.
Using meat tenderizer helps the marinate penetrate deep into chicken, infusing flavors. The Deni Meat Tenderizer puts small slits into chicken for the marinate to absorb into the meat. Using zip lock bag to hold the chicken and marinate maximizes the process. The marinating process can only take 1 to 2 hours, but can marinated for up to 24 hours with no problems.
Grilling the technique:
Setting up the BBQ Grill takes a little time using Big Green Egg, but it’s totally worth the effort. First step is to remove all old ashes from last BBQ. Then putting enough fresh lump charcoal into firebox, this depends on length of the BBQ Cooking. A normal BBQ takes about a little over 1/2 firebox of charcoal.
Starting charcoal with electric coil works quick and easy, just have to watch that charcoal doesn’t get too hot and burn up electric coil. If the coals get too hot it’s very hard to cool down Big Green Egg. I like to close lid of Big Green Egg and open all vents until reach close to desired cooking temperature 275 to 375°F.
Next to place the convEGGtor® over the hot coals this acts as indirect heat source.
Place drip pan with beer onto the convEGGtor®, then put grill grates onto the convEGGtor®. Now place the marinated chicken over drip pan onto grill grates. Secure temperature probe into middle of chicken piece and another probe connected to grill grates.
Setting up the Signals by Thermoworks is done on iPhone app using WiFi or Bluetooth. For this recipe using only two channels one for grill grate temperature and the other channel for internal temperature of chicken. Setting the grill grate temperature range between 185° to 375°. And the chicken internal temperature at 170°. The Termoworks Signals works wonderfully with Big Green Egg. Starting out lower temperatures 225° and letting the Big Green Egg build temperature to 375°. The higher temperature helps the Maillard reaction developing caramelize of chicken meat.
After the Orange Chicken reaches 170° F remove from grill and wrap chicken in foil to rest for 10 minutes before serving. For presentation cut chicken breasts slices on bias and fanning meat out onto plate. The marinate can be simmered for 10 minutes to reduce to nice syrup consistency and brushed or squirted onto plate.