I was maybe being a little bit dramatic when I got the news. I might have told my husband my entire world would have to change. I may have thrown a pity party. But then I realized that, one, it’s only food, and two, now I can eat rice and low fat yogurt without feeling like a failure! Yay!
So if you were a faithful recipe reader of mine (like the 800 of you who viewed my roasted chicken recipe), I have to let you know that, no, my recipes won’t be Paleo anymore. However, I still can’t bring myself to used processed foods and junk in the things I cook. But now I’m not afraid to make a turkey burger and eat it with a gluten free bun. I like lean meats. And I’ve discovered I really really really like quinoa with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
This orange chicken is one of my favorite things ever. If you’re looking to save some time, you can mix up the sauce and chop your chicken before hand. But, this dish is pretty simple to whip up after work.
Garlic Zoom, I have been hooked on kitchen gadgets.
ginger grater when we got married. I was shocked someone actually got it for us! It’s been the best thing for grating ginger. I don’t love ground, dried, ginger. In my humble opinion, it lacks immense amounts of flavor. So, I have this nifty little ginger grater that has solved all of my flavorless ginger problems.
cup grater. I love it for zesting oranges. It collects everything so I can just dump it into whatever I need without creating an unnecessary mess.
Orange ChickenYield: About 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Adapted from Gimme Some Oven
2 lb. boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup honey (you can add more if you like it sweeter)
1/3 cup Coconut Aminos
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. grated ginger
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
zest from one orange
Toppings and Sides:
brown Rice or quinoa
chopped green onions
Process:Coat chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
whisk together sauce ingredients into a bowl and begin cooking rice or quinoa per package directions.
Drizzle olive oil into large skillet and heat over medium to medium-high heat. Once skillet is heated, throw on the chicken, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is mostly cooked, about 5 minutes.
Add sauce into skillet with chicken and stir well. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes or until sauce is thick. Remove from heat and serve over rice or quinoa. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.