Orange Chicken

Today’s post is courtesy of Eating well…Living thin…. I originally found this recipe on pinterest, and I’ve been looking forward to trying it for over a month now. I finally got around to it last night, and it was well worth the effort.

I love Chinese food almost as much as I love Indian food, and I am always looking for versions of my favorite dishes that I can make at home. This dish has the perfect balance of sweet, sour, savory, and spicy. My favorite part is that it is dairy and gluten free. I served it over some Jasmine rice with Orange Teriyaki Steamed Vegetables.

Orange Chicken 1

Ingredients:
Marinade:
1/2 C orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce*
1/4 tsp sesame seed oil
1/2 tsp salt

1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into 1-inch chunks

In a medium bowl combine orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, sesame oil, and salt. Add chicken tenders and stir to coat. Allow to marinate for 25-30 minutes.

Sauce:
3/4 C orange juice
1 tsp orange zest
1/2 C low-sodium chicken broth*
5 tsp sugar
4 tsp honey or agave
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce*
2 tsp canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 tsp cornstarch*
Kosher salt

In a small saucepan combine orange juice, orange zest, chicken broth, sugar, honey, soy sauce, oil, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil; lower heat to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced by 1/4. Season with salt to taste. Stir the 2 teaspoons cornstarch with a small amount of cold water and add to the sauce. Bring back to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened. Set aside, but keep warm.

Other Ingredients:
1/2 C cornstarch
2 Tbsp canola oil
Sliced green onions
Sesame seeds

In a large bowl or ziploc bag add the 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Drain the chicken and toss with the cornstarch, shaking off excess. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high. Add chicken and cook until golden and meat is cooked through. Gently toss cooked chicken with the sauce and serve. Makes 4 servings. (About 1/2 cup each.)

* If you are gluten sensitive, double check your chicken broth, soy sauce, and corn starch. Some brands contain traces of gluten.

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