Monday, November 21, 2016

Skinny Orange Chicken

This delicious orange chicken recipe is from Gimme Some Oven and it's a lot healthier than the orange chicken at Panda Express and I think my kids liked it just as much (well maybe not my 12 year old who is obsessed with Panda Express). I thought the sauce was just a little too thick so I cut down the amount of cornstarch - if you like a thick sauce add another tablespoon. This was a fast dinner to get on the table if you cook your rice ahead. Yay for fast tastey recipes!

Skinny Orange Chicken

5 chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons oil (avocado, canola, olive oil...)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch red pepper flakes
sliced green onions, optional for topping
toasted sesame seeds, optional for topping

To make orange sauce: In a bowl whisk together garlic, orange juice, orange zest, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch, pepper, ginger and red pepper flakes. Set aside.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large saute pan. Add chicken and stir fry for 4-6 minutes or until browned and nearly cooked through. Pour in the orange sauce and stir to combine. Let the sauce come to a boil, turn down heat to a simmer and let simmer, stirring, for a few minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve immediately over rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

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