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Orange Chicken

Orange Chicken

Did you know you can make sauces out of citrus fruits (a December Foods of the Month)? Citrus sauces can make protein and veggies taste amazing! Our recipe for orange chicken is Asian inspired and is best served over brown rice. Throw in some veggies like snow peas for more flavor as well as fiber. We give this orange chicken recipe a big two thumbs up because it uses the juice from one whole orange (for lots of Vitamin C), as well as the rind (for even more antioxidants). When zesting an orange, like we do in this recipe, be sure to use an organic orange if possible. Because non-organic citrus fruit rinds are often sprayed with products, you may be consuming unhealthy chemicals if you eat the zest of a non-organic fruit that is not properly cleaned. To be safe, we pick organic when possible so we don’t get sick! 

Orange Chicken
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
322 calories
50 g
37 g
6 g
18 g
4 g
250 g
972 g
22 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
250g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322
Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 37mg
12%
Sodium 972mg
41%
Total Carbohydrates 50g
17%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 22g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
39%
Calcium
4%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  2. 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch squares (about 1 pound)
  3. 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  4. Salt and pepper, to taste
  5. For the sauce
  6. 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 1/4 cup orange juice
  8. 1 orange (juice and zest)
  9. 1/4 cup honey
  10. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  11. 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar
  12. 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  13. 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour
  14. Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)
Instructions
  1. First, boil water, and cook the brown rice according to directions. Set aside.
  2. Using the stovetop, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add cut up chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 10 minutes, until no pink remains.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk all the ingredients except the flour for the orange sauce together until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour the orange sauce over the chicken and let it come to a boil. Add the flour and stir until it becomes thicker. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 5 minutes to let the flavors blend.
  5. Plate the rice, then pour the chicken mixture on top. Top with sesame seeds, scallions, or eat plain!
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calories
322
fat
6g
protein
18g
carbs
50g
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