Simply For Life Healthy Orange Chicken Saute
This chicken recipe from Simply For Life Calgary/Airdrie is a great alternative to the popular orange chicken found on many Asian take-out menus. It is lower in sugar and salt, but not on flavour! It makes a quick weeknight meal and leftovers are great for lunch the next day.
Adapted from Simply For Life Calgary/Airdrie by Antonia Harvey, P.Dt
Makes: 4-6 servings
1 tbsp coconut oil or margarine
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup low- or no-salt added chicken broth
3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp orange zest
3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tps hot sauce (or more, depending on preference)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 tsp sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
Photo used with permission from Simply For Life Calgary/Airdrie Facebook page.
Heat coconut oil or margarine over medium heat in a large frying pan. Add in the chicken pieces and stir fry until browned and cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from frying pan and set aside.
While the chicken is cooking, whisk together the chicken broth, honey or maple syrup, garlic, orange zest, soy-sauce, hot sauce, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. After the chicken has been removed from the frying pan, pour the sauce into the pan.
Cook the sauce, stirring often, until the sauce has thickened, and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
Add the chicken back to the frying pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Remove from heat.
Serve chicken over brown rice and cooked broccoli. Top with sesame seeds if desired.