I don’t know what took me so long to make a faux chicken meal with cauliflower. I’ve done about everything else with it – steamed, roasted, pizza crust, etc. This recipe is SO easy – I whipped it up while the kids were playing and Jerad was working late.
The texture was so chicken-y that it almost weirded me out as a vegetarian. Jerad said it was even better than the orange chicken he sometimes gets from panda express… and that he would prefer this from now on… *insert shocked face*
I used this recipe, but I doubled the amount of sauce (as shown below) because I used a large bag of cauliflower from Costco. I would totally recommend doing this… I only had to cut a few of the pieces smaller – less prep work, and more to eat!
BAKED ORANGE CAULIFLOWER
PREP TIME: 15 mins | COOK TIME: 20 mins | TOTAL TIME: 35 mins
1 bag (2 lbs) cauliflower
~3 cups japanese-style bread crumbs (I used this brand)
3 large eggs, whisked
for the sauce:
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ginger, minced
2 tsp sriracha (if you find this to be too much spice, you can replace half of it with ketchup to get the orange color without affecting flavor too much)
2 tsp ketchup
2 tbsp water + 1 tbsp cornstarch
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Set aside whisked egg in a small mixing bowl. Set aside bread crumbs in a flat container. (this worked perfectly) Dip cauliflower pieces in egg and then roll in bread crumbs until fully coated and place on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. You may need to use your fingers to help press on the coating to help it to stick to the cauliflower bites. Repeat until all cauliflower is coated.
2. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until coating is a light golden brown and crunchy.
3. While the cauliflower is baking, make the sauce. Using a small saucepan, add all ingredients listed except the last set (2 tbsp water + 1 tbsp cornstarch). Bring sauce to a low boil, stirring constantly. In a small bowl, completely dissolve cornstarch in water, then add to the mixture. Stir until sauce boils again and cook until sauce thickens. Drizzle sauce over cauliflower. Add fresh chopped scallions if desired.