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November 20 2019

Crispy Chicken with Orange Miso Sauce

The orange miso sauce that comes with this crispy chicken is so moreish! The umami familiar comforting taste of miso is given a fresh sweetness by our beautiful Twisted Citrus oranges.

(If your family aren’t keen on eggplant you can swap it for broccoli or carrot.)

Crispy Chicken with Orange Miso Sauce with eggplant


Crispy Chicken with Orange & Miso Sauce & Eggplant

6 chicken thighs, skinless boneless, cut into small bite-sized pieces
3 eggs, whisked
1/3 cup cornflour
1/3 cup flour
oil for frying
pinch of Salt

1 cup orange juice from oranges
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons miso paste
½ teaspoon white vinegar
1 inch piece of root ginger, finely grated
½ teaspoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon cornflour
1 eggplant, cut into finger size pieces,
handful of sugar snap peas, topped and tailed
garnish with coriander and sesame seeds

In a large flat bowl combine the flours and season well with salt.

In another bowl whisk the eggs.

Get two plates ready to put the floured chicken on once coated.

Now dip the chicken first in the egg then in the flour mix and place on plates until ready to fry. It is messy but worth it!

Then cook your eggplant by heating a little oil in a pan and frying until nicely golden on each side. Salt while cooking. Set them aside until ready to plate up.

Get a pot and place all your sauce ingredients in except for the cornflour.

Blanch your sugar snap peas by pouring boiling water over them, leave them for 3 minutes and then drain.

Place a large heavy-based pan on a med-high heat. Add a good inch of oil to fry the chicken.

Once hot enough add your chicken in batches. I did three batches. While cooking, turn over a few times. I take a test piece from each batch to check it is cooked. The chicken needs to be golden and cooked through. Once cooked drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt.

While cooking the chicken, make your sauce. Put your sauce pot on medium heat and simmer for a few minutes. Taste and add more sugar or soy if needed.

Make a slurry with your cornflour and 2 tablespoons of water. Add this to the pot and whisk. Cook for another couple of minutes until thick and glossy.

To assemble, mix your eggplant, sugar snaps & chicken together. Top with the sauce & sprinkle with sesame seeds and coriander.

Serve with rice


There are oranges and then there are Gisborne oranges. Our incomparable Navel oranges are loved throughout New Zealand. 

A winter orange, Navels are sweet, seedless, and juicy. Our region has the perfect climate of sunny warm days and cool nights to be able to grow one of the world’s favourite fruits.

Our oranges are grown on trees we planted in 2003. We knew our soil comprised exceptionally fertile heavy silt loam, renowned in our district for growing just about anything, but it wasn’t until we started selling our oranges direct to customers that we realised just how remarkable they are. Flavoursome, juicy and bursting with goodness, they have to be tasted to be fully appreciated.