Who doesn’t love orange chicken? But the real question is, how do you make this at home with the least amount of effort and make it nutritional all at the same time?
One day I came home and had the same thought cross my mind. I just wanted something simple, healthy and yet delicious. Is that too much to ask for?
I opened the fridge and noticed I had fresh squeezed orange juice with pulp and a pack of organic chicken thighs. In the past I always had issues with chicken. Yeah, you can take a thermometer and measure it or use the pressing technique, but I didn’t want to deal with all that fuss. I just wanted chicken that was perfectly cooked and was super easy to make. I decided to do an experiment: what if I combined the chicken and the orange juice? 20 minutes later – wow. Perfectly cooked chicken. I thought, maybe this is a fluke. I tried it several more times over the course of the month using thighs and breasts and voila! Perfectly juicy, flavorful chicken!
Ingredients needed (Yes only 3 ingredients!):
- 2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice (can be bought as long as it has pulp)
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2lb of chicken breasts/thighs
- Oil or butter – nope, not needed and I DID say only 3 ingredients!
Average cook time:
35 min (most of that time you can help your kids with homework or finally relax!)
- Use a 12” non-stick or stainless steel frying pan
- Cut the chicken into small 1” squares or simply throw whole pieces in
- Add enough orange juice to just about cover the top of the chicken
- Add salt and any other spices such as chili powder to taste
- Turn the stove up to high heat and stir occasionally
This chicken goes well with pretty much anything such as rice, pasta or potatoes. I personally have a preference for white basmati rice with some fresh tomatoes and basil on the side.
Check it out!
Did you know there is a better method to cooking white basmati rice?
I have experimented cooking white basmati rice for a very long time using a variety of methods and talking to a lot of chefs and there seems to be a consensus on the following process:
- Wash the rice well. I use a rice washing bowl and simply run it under cold water for 5-10 min while stirring it with my hand to ensure I don’t damage any of the grains (who wants broken rice?!)
- Empty all the wet rice into the rice cooker bowl or a pot and add hot tap water (roughly twice as much as the rice)
- Let the rice sit in the bowl for over an hour and then strain (stay with me!)
- Add the appropriate amount of water based on the volume of rice you’re making
- Add a couple dry bay leaves on top and press the start button or cook it on the stove in a pot
- Remove the bay leaves before serving and mix the rice with a rice spoon and you are good to go!
I have had amazing results using this process every single time.
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