Orange ‘Chicken’ (Vegan)

Apparently Cheesecake Factory has a delicious Orange Chicken and rice….and a certain youtuber is obsessed! Our orange chicken queen! Soooooo, I veganized it!

I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I highly recommend it!

Be sure to watch my video for more tips and tricks!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (or a citra hopped vegan beer like I used for extra dimension)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1-1 1/2 cups panko
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed plus the zest)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp each of ground ginger, red pepper flakes and onion powder
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut cauliflower in bite sized pieces.
  3. Mix flour, salt, pepper, a little of the orange zest and almond milk (or beer) together.
  4. Pour over the cauliflower and mix until well coated.
  5. Pour Panko on top and lightly toss a couple of times. The amount of Panko depends on the size of your cauliflower.
  6. Place cauliflower in a single layer on a well greased baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway.
  7. While the cauliflower is cooking, you can begin prepping you sauce.
  8. In a medium saucepan, add the 1 cup water, lemon juice, orange juice and rest of the zest, coconut sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, onion powder and red pepper flakes.
  9. Bring sauce to a boil and then simmer for a couple of minutes.
  10. Then mix the cornstarch and 3 tbsp water together into a slurry and add to the sauce mix.
  11. The sauce will begin to thicken. Continue to heat until thickened to preferred consistency. This was only a minute or two for me. Then remove from heat.
  12. Serve sauce on top of cauliflower and rice for a complete meal.
  13. Enjoy!

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