Mar 27, 2014

Light Orange Chicken

I mentioned yesterday I've tried some new recipes lately. This is one that is hands down amazing. I've tried a lot of recipes - from pinterest, food network, recommendations from friends, etc. and I've NEVER had something turn out as great as this did. It honestly tasted just like orange chicken from PF Chang's, but way better for you!

You can click here to go to the site where I found the recipe, but I'm going to lay it all out below, it was super easy.

This is my finished product - over some brown rice.

Start off with some boneless skinless chicken breast, about a pound. Cut it up into one inch pieces, or whatever size you want them to be. Put a little over a teaspoon of oil in a frying pan, and add the chicken. Cook on each side about 3 mins, or until chicken is cooked through.

I will never be a food blogger, I always forget to take pictures!

While the chicken is cooking, mix up the following:
1/3 Cup Orange Juice
3 Tablespoons Honey
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Chili Sauce (like Sriracha)
1 Tablespoon Orange Zest, Grated (I used a clementine because I didn't have an orange. And I just grated the whole exterior layer, because how the hell are you supposed to know how much a Tablespoon of grated stuff is when you put it right in the bowl? I am not getting another bowl dirty to measure)
1 Garlic Clove, Grated (I used 2 because I love garlic)
1 Teaspoon Ginger, Grated (I eyeballed it again, then ran out so I threw a pinch of ground ginger for extra flavor. I'm sure if you used all fresh it would be much better)

You are going to add this mixture to the frying pan when the chicken is cooked through. Right before you do that, in a small bowl mix 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch with 1 Tablespoon Water and once that's mixed dump it into your orange goop mixture and give that a stir. Then add everything into the pan. 

Cook everything a couple of minutes until the orange stuff starts to thicken. It will be a noticeable difference, so cook until it gets thick. 

Orange Chicken
This is the fancy picture from the website. Mine didn't look like this, but it tasted great!

Serve immediately on some rice, quinoa, or whatever you like. You could also add some cooked veggies to this. Top with chopped green onion if you want to get fancy. This was VERY good and tasted like the real thing, just without the deep fried chicken. I was super impressed how much flavor it had and how similar it was to a restaurant. 

Do you have any copycat recipes? What about healthy chicken recipes? I need knew ones and would love to hear anything you've got! 

And I also have a picture of water (finally) for Kelli's Picture Practice Linkup. The first assignment was water. And keep in mind I don't have a fancy camera, but I'm doing this anyway because I want to get better at picture taking for this blog, and I want to look at ordinary things in a different way.

This is the pet fountain I have at home. It constantly runs and has a very soothing sound, so I tried to capture the moment the waterfall hits. Again, if taken with a nice camera and not my phone, this would be better. 

Make sure to linkup for Picture Practice! Next week is Food :] 


  1. I just tried Chinese food for the first time LAST YEAR. can you believe that? But now I love it, and I love orange chicken. So I'll have to try this!

  2. My hubby would love this! And now I want some Chinese. :)