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.
- 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 )
- In a medium bowl, whisk together garlic, orange zest, orange juice, chicken broth, honey, soy sauce, cornstarch, vinegar, ginger. Set aside.
- Season chicken with ground ginger, sea salt, and pepper
- 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.
- 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.
- Whisk orange sauce again and add to skillet. As soon as liquid starts to simmer, reduce heat to low. Simmer until thickened, stirring frequently.
- Return chicken to skillet and simmer until heated through