My kids ask for fast food Orange Chicken at least twice a week. It drives me nuts! Now I refuse to buy Panda Express. After a little battle this week about fast food, I said, “screw it, how hard can it be?” Well, to my surprise (after a few failed attempts), it’s not so hard after all. Here’s how:
Ingredients: Serves 4-6 brats
- 4 chicken breast or 12 chicken tenders (cut up in bite size cubes)
- 1 cup Cornstarch, plus 1 tbsp
- salt/pepper/garlic powder
- 1 Celery stalk
- Green onion
- Yellow onion
- A chunk of garlic log or garlic gloves-minced
Sauce: You can buy ready-made teriyaki sauce or orange flavor sauce if you don’t want to make your own.
- 1 1/2 cup orange juice
- The zest of 1 orange peel – finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Soy sauce
- 1/4 cup Ponzu sauce
- 1 cup Brown sugar
- 4 tbsp Honey
- 2 tsp Chili sauce
- 3-4 Candied orange peels (see Italian Cassata cake on instructions)
- Cashew nuts or Almonds if you have them
- 1 tbsp corn starch
You don’t have to use candied oranges, but I did. I needed something in there that looked fancy.
Saute the veggies for a few minutes in an oiled cast iron skillet or in a wok if you have one. Then toss in the chicken and the sauce.
Ta-Da! It’s done. You are a star! Serve over jasmine rice.
I made a side of zucchini for the veggie lovers in my house and a plate of chicken with no fried chicken or rice for me. Low calorie, low carb dinner plate for me. Can you see which plate is for mama? Yup, no rice plate;)
I reserved a few chicken pieces so that I could saute them in a pan for my low-calorie dinner. I used the sofrito to flavor my blah chicken cubes. Click here to see the recipe for sofrito. It was perfect.