One of our goals at Farm Girl Fresh is to recreate entrees you enjoy at your local restaurants, to healthier versions you can make at home. This sweet and spicy orange chicken is one of these menu items that many of you may enjoy when dining out or ordering takeout. Try this easy-to-make, delicious dish at home and serve with quinoa or rice. (If we serve with quinoa, we like to cook our quinoa in broth instead of water to enhance the flavor of the dish.) In our opinion, this recipe is far healthier and tastier than your local Chinese takeout.
While this dish includes nutrient rich ingredients, it still contains fructose from honey; which has many health benefits when used in moderation. So if you are watching your fructose intake (and we all should), enjoy this dish occasionally.
If you are looking for other healthy recipes, check out our book, Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World®. You will find many more tasty recipes, including appetizers, beverages, breakfast items, main dishes, sides and soups.
4 to 6 large boneless, skinless, chicken breasts cut in bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons sesame oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup quinoa flour
1 cup orange juice, or juice from 2 to 3 fresh squeezed oranges
1 cup honey
2/3 cup coconut aminos
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger, optional
In a large skillet, sauté chicken in oil 6 to 8 minutes over medium heat. Add salt and pepper. Stir occasionally until chicken is browned and cooked through. Remove from heat. In a medium saucepan, sauté garlic in oil 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat until tender. Add quinoa flour to make paste. Add orange juice. Stir.
Add remaining ingredients and cook until sauce thickens. Pour orange sauce over cooked chicken in skillet and return to medium heat for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve over quinoa or rice. Garnish with green onions.