Sometimes the best meals come to me when we are limited on ingredients and I have to make due with what we have. The other day, we were running low on everything and I needed to make dinner quickly when I got home from work.
I read a few orange chicken recipes and then just made up my own. It turned out spectacular! I made it again a few days later. Since I just made everything up, I didn’t measure anything. I think you can just throw everything together and add more here and there as you go depending on your tastes!
First, I cut up about 3 chicken breasts and marinated them for about 30 minutes (or less if you are in a hurry!)
For the marinade, I threw together about 1/2 cup of orange juice, 3 Tbs of soy sauce, 1 tsp of ground ginger, 3 Tbs of vegetable oil. Again, you could add or leave out anything depending on what you like!
Next, I chopped up some broccoli. The firs time I made this, I used green peppers and it was great. You could use any veggie that you like!
Steam up the broccoli (or saute if that’s more appropriate for the particular veggies you are using). I like mine to be slightly crisp.
Now, it’s time to get the chicken ready.
Get a bowl of 2 egg whites and about 1 cup of flour. I used whole wheat just to feel a little more “healthy” since we’ll be frying up the chicken later.
Roll a few pieces around in the egg whites
Then roll them in the flour
And put them on a wire rack until all your pieces are coated (this helps to prevent them from getting all gummy on the bottom)
Now heat up about an inch of vegetable oil in a skillet on medium high. Drop in the chicken in batches
Once they are brown, put them on a paper towel or clean kitchen cloth until all the pieces are cooked. (make sure they are cooked through in the center!)
Meanwhile, cook up a sauce to pour over everything. I don’t have any pictures of this, sorry! These are the ingredients I used:
1 cup of orange juicezest of 1 orange1/4 cup soy sauce3 Tbs apple cider vinegar3 Tbs vegetable oil1 cup chicken stock1 tsp ginger3 tbs flour2tbs brown sugar
Heat everything in a saucepan until it thickens-maybe a little thinner than the consistency of syrup. (takes about 10 min…you can do this while frying the chicken)
Now, open a can of pineapple chunks…
Combine chicken, veggies, pineapple and sauce in a bowl and then add a few Tbs of sesame seeds. Serve with rice and enjoy!
Like I said before, I just kinda threw it all together. So you could add anything you like or skip out on something you aren’t a fan of!