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Better Than Take-Out Orange Chicken

I grew up loving Orange Chicken from a small family owned Chinese restaurant not far from my house.  The crispy coating and the sticky, sweet sauce there was nothing better. I have been searching for a version that brings back the nostalgia, but isn’t fried.  Because I don’t have a fryer and I really don’t want to take the time! Mom life is crazy and I really needed something that was super simple and all cooked in ONE PAN!  Less cleaning the better, right??? And I FOUND IT!

What is so great about this recipe…you can customize it to your family’s tastes.  Don’t like asparagus? How about broccoli or carrots? Snow peas are also a good option.  I served this meal jasmine rice, but you could serve it with noodles or as lettuce wraps.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1Tbs fresh ginger
  • zest of two naval oranges
  • 3/4 cup orange juice ( about 4 naval oranges)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbs raw honey
  • 2 Tbs low sodium soy sauce)
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbs unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp each sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1pkg chicken tenders, cut into small cubes
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into cubes
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed to 1 inch pieces
  • 2 zucchini, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • ¼ cup green onion chopped (optional to garnish )

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together garlic, orange zest, orange juice, chicken broth, honey, soy sauce, cornstarch, vinegar, ginger. Set aside.
  2. Season chicken with ground ginger, sea salt, and pepper
  3. In a large skillet, melt coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Spray skillet with olive oil cooking spray and return to medium-high. Add zucchini and bell pepper; saute for 2 minutes. Add asparagus and saute  another 3 minutes.
  5. Whisk orange sauce again and add to skillet. As soon as liquid starts to simmer, reduce heat to low. Simmer until thickened, stirring frequently.
  6. Return chicken to skillet and simmer until heated through

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