Orange Chicken

I was craving a little Chinese food this week… So, this was what I made!  This recipe was adapted from the Dude Diet cookbook.  I swapped a few ingredients out to make it more paleo’ish friendly.  I didn’t use any soy – my husband hates it and honestly I love coconut aminos SO much better than soy sauce.  Once you get all of the veggies and meat cut, you can throw this yummy meal together rather quickly.

Go ditch your Chinese take-out menus and make this at home!   🙂  If you want a perfect side dish, try out my Faux Fried Rice!

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Yields:  4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 – 2 lbs organic boneless/skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil plus 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups broccoli flourets
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil plus 1 tbsp butter

For the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp plus 1.5 tsp arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • finely grated zest from 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp of minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the water and arrowroot until smooth.  Add the vinegar, zest, coconut aminos, honey, garlic, green onions, and crushed red pepper and whisk until combined.  Set aside for a few.
  2. Season the chicken with salt.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil plus 1 tbsp butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  When the fat gets hot, add the chicken in an even layer.  Careful not to move the chicken for a couple minutes so that it gets good and browned.  Flip the chicken and let it continue cooking for another 3 – 4 minutes.  Remove the chicken from the pan onto a plate with a slotted spoon.
  4. Pour out any excess liquid; return the pan to medium-high heat.  Add the remaining 1 tbsp olive oil.  Once it’s hot, add the bell pepper and broccoli flourets.  Cook for a few minutes until the broccoli is crisp.
  5. Stir the sauce once more to make sure there are no clumps.  Return the chicken to the pan and pour in the sauce.  Add the veggies and continue stirring for a couple of minutes to make sure all the veggies and chicken are covered in the sauce!  If the sauce gets too thick, reduce the heat to medium.
  6. Serve over rice, quinoa, or my favorite Faux Fried Rice!

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