Chinese

Orange Chicken

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!   🙂  Continue reading

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Sweet & Sour Chicken Dinner

sweet and sour chicken

As of last night, the chances of me and my husband ever ordering Chinese food to be delivered again are probably slim to none now.  We were really wanting to order out.  Mainly because it was late in the evening, we were tired, and to be perfectly honest – I just didn’t feel like cooking.  BUT… I came to my senses and decided I didn’t want us to eat garbage.  No MSG or genetically modified Chinese food for us – NOPE!  So, I decided to make one of our favorite dishes.  I’ll be honest, this was my very first time to ever make Chinese food at home!  And because it turned out SO good, I’ll definitely be making this more often!  Now I’ve just gotta come up with a grain-free/gluten free egg roll recipe and we’ll be set!

Give yourself a little time to make this if you’re serving it with fried rice… My hubs loves fried rice that’s the only reason I made it…this part is totally optional!  Serve it however you want… I’m sure you’ll love it!

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Ingredients:

For the chicken:

  • 1 lb of chicken, breast or thighs (skinless/boneless), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/4 cup fat (I used equal parts of butter and olive oil)

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar (or whatever you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (I use Braggs organic)
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos (or a gluten free soy sauce)
  • 1/4 organic ketchup
  • 1/4 chicken stock or broth

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1-2 cups broccoli, washed and trimmed
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • green onion, for a garnish

Directions:

  1. Start off with your SAUCE!  Throw ALL of the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and stir together.  Bring it to a boil on medium-high heat, let it boil for 3-5 minutes, then reduce to a simmer.  Let it hangout until you need it.
  2. Grab a LARGE Ziplock bag (gallon size).  Throw your chicken in it.  Add the whisked egg and zip the bag up.  Massage the egg into the chicken.  Make sure every piece is coated in the egg.
  3. Add the arrowroot flour to the bag of chicken.  Shake the bag and make sure each piece of chicken is coated with the flour.
  4. Heat up the fat in a big skillet on med-high heat.  Once your fat is hot, add the chicken to the pan and let it fry.  This takes about 10-12 minutes.  When your chicken is fully cooked through, pour the sauce on top and reduce your heat to medium-low.  If you want to add broccoli, peppers, or pineapple, add it now and let it continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes.
  5. Serve your chicken on top of fried rice or cauliflower rice.  Top it with a little green onion to make it look pretty! EAT IT UP!!!

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Fried Rice:

  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 tbsp fat
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  1. In a medium size pot, bring the water to a boil.  Add the rice, cover the pot with a lid, and let it cook.  (I add salt to my boiling water before I add the rice.)
  2. Once the rice is cooked, pour it on a plate and let it cool completely.
  3. Once you’re ready to fry the rice, get a skillet hot on medium-high heat.  I used butter to fry my rice in.  Use whatever you prefer!
  4. Add the whisked egg to the fat and scramble it.  While the egg is cooking, add the garlic.  Now, add the rice and mix everything together.
  5. When your rice has finished frying and it has a nice brown color to it, add the sesame oil.  Not too much – a little bit goes a long way!  Mix it up and serve!  Tastes SO gooooooood!!!

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