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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Orange-Honey Stir Fry Chicken

A great go to recipe that will make your week night dinner quick and delicious.  Think the kids would like it too.  I also think you could increase the flavor with some heat if you were so inclined.  I don't like my food to be real spicy or hot but you have to option to do that with this recipe if you choose by just adding some red chilli flakes . 

1/4 cup olive oil (can use veg. oil)
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 1/2  tsp dried thyme

2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (can add more when cooking if you want more heat)
1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄4 tsp white or black pepper 

1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 TBL soy sauce
1 TBL sesame seed oil
4 good sized boneless, skinless chicken breast (could use thighs)
3 carrots, sliced 
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 medium onion, cut into slices
1 clove garlic

1/2 cup flour plus 3 heaping TBL cornstarch
Orange honey sauce:
3 small to medium oranges
zest from the three oranges  
3 TBL honey
3 TBL cornstarch
2 TBL soy sauce
2 chicken bullion cubes, dilluted
juice from 2 1/2 oranges
1/2 orange segments
1/2 - 3/4 cup water

In a large plastic bag, mix together the oil with the other first 10 ingredients. for a quick  marinade.  Cut the chicken into large chunks.  Add the meat to the marinade and shake to coat.  Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour, a couple of hours or overnight is  better. **If you do this overnight try to toss the bag a couple of times.**
 Zest the orange,  and put the juice from 2 1/2 oranges in a bowl.  Set aside
 Preheat a  skillet to moderate heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or 2 TBL oil.  Remove the chicken from marinade and coat with a mixture of 1/2 cup flour and 3-4 TBL cornstarch.  Toss the marinade. Cook the chicken until firm and it starts to get a crust.   Remove  to platter.  Use the same skillet and add a bit of oil, toss in onions and  cook still almost clear, add the carrots and celery, cook for about 5 minutes, put chicken back into skillet with the veggies and toss, cook for about 2 minutes. 
In a small bowl mix the cornstarch and about 1/2 the water to make a slurry, the add rest of the water.  Add the soy sauce and sesame oil, bullion cubes, honey and orange zest and juice to this.  Add to chicken and toss til it starts to thicken, this should only take a few minutes. Add the orange segments.  Remove all to a platter and serve with white, brown or fried rice.  Enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and remember to Find the Time to do all the things You Love.


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