Cameron Cooks in Chaos: ORANGE CHICKEN

Posted on May 21, 2014 by

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This is a really easy, amazing recipe – the best dinner recipe ever – and my kids ask for this ALL the time.  I’m making it this thursday night for the babysitters and kids while my husband and I enjoy a rare date night.  I know this will make them all happy.  They like chinese food.

I first started making this recipe by breading each chunk of chicken to make it more crispy, but that takes way too much time and I’m all about cutting corners when it comes to cooking…so this version is quicker.

ORANGE CHICKEN

2 lbs of frozen chicken thighs – defrost them – I do this by putting them in the crockpot on low to defrost, takes about 4 hours (if yours are fresh, obviously skip the defrosting…)

Cut the chicken up into chunks.  Saute them in your favorite oil, with an all purpose salt free seasoning until cooked through.

Drain them, you don’t want any juices in there.  While that’s cooking make the orange sauce:

1 12 oz can of frozen orange juice concentrate – don’t defrost it.  Just throw it in a separate small pan from the chicken.  ADD 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar, 3 TBS coconut aminos, 4 TBS raw honey, 1 TBS powdered ginger and 2 tsp of granulated garlic – mix it all together and once it’s a little bubbly add 3 TBS starch (I recommend arrowroot) to about 1/4 cup of water, and stir it into the sauce.  Keep stirring until it’s thick.  Use a whisk it’ll keep it doing what it’s supposed to.

If you want to go crazy, then grate some orange zest into that sauce.  You can also use fresh grated ginger and freshly minced garlic and go wild.  But again, it’s about what you have time for.

THEN when the sauce is nice and thick add the drained chicken to the orange sauce. Mix it together.  It’s amazing.  I serve it over jasmine rice or quinoa, and I add peas to that.

I tried this in the crockpot but it doesn’t really work.  If you don’t take the time to cube your chicken you can shred it – so you can cook a whole chicken and shred that up.  Dealing with the chicken is the only thing that takes any time.

Commercial orange sauce has tons of crap in it – chemicals and all sorts of nastiness.  Everyone tells me this sauce is very authentic tasting and way better that restaurant commercial stuff.

Finally, use the orange concentrate because you want that orange flavor really concentrated.  ENJOY!!

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