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When I was a kid, my parents used to get us take-out from our hometown Chinese restaurant, House of Hunan, and Orange Chicken was always in our to-go bag. I'm not sure if it was the sweet taste from the honey and orange or just the exotic name, but this dish was something we had to have every time we went there. These days, I avoid MSG at all costs, so a lot of our local take-out Chinese food is off my list, but not wanting to deprive my kids of some of my childhood favorites, I came up with this healthy and delicious dinner treat that we all loved. With just the right amount of colorful vegetables and a tangy sweet sauce my kids were lapping up, this recipe was not only easy to make, but it actually made me nostalgic for my own childhood. House of Hunan, this one's for you!

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Orange Chicken (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 2 Tsp Ginger, grated
  • 1 Tsp honey
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 Lb Chicken Breast, cubed, boneless, skinless
  • 1 Cup Snow Peas, halved
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, cut into 1-inch thin strips

Preparation

1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
2. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat and cook the chicken cubes for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the vegetables and cook an additional 2 minutes then transfer the chicken vegetable mixture to a bowl.
4. Add the sauce to the pan, bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes until reduced by half.
5. Add the chicken and vegetables back into the sauce and cook an additional minute.
6. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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15 comments

  • Shalu

    Love this recipe. I think I am going to try this over the weekend. Can I freeze it ?

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    • Catherine

      not sure how it would freeze, let me know if you do :)

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  • Melody

    I can't believe something so simple to make tasted so good. my 2 year old, 3.5 year old, husband and I FINALLY all enjoyed the same meal at the same time. It's a Christmas Miracle! Thank you!!!!!

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  • Jen

    Just made this for the first time tonight.... Hard for me to find one dinner that my husband, 5 year old, 1 year old will all eat willingly and without complaint, you NAILED it with this recipe! So good! Thank you!

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  • Andree

    This was SOOO delicious! Easy, quick and healthy. Thank you!

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  • Pscdiaz

    Made this for dinner tonight, Loved it!!!

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  • Megan

    This is my daughter's FAVORITE thing to eat. I probably make it for her once a week. Its fantastic for us too, just added some spicy-ness!

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  • Rebecca

    Delicious! My hubby even had seconds:) We like sauce pretty thick so I added about 3 teaspoons of cornstarch, but other than that it was really good.

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  • Mlldeluna

    I tried to double the recipe and it came out watery. Any tips to avoid this in the future?

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    • Catherine

      Did you let the liquid reduce by half? If you're doubling the recipe it'll take longer to reduce!

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  • Deborah

    Was there another orange chicken recipe tht included sesame oil?

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    • Catherine

      Nope, but I do love sesame oil and use it often! Like in Cold Soba Noodles http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2009/01/04/cold-soba-noodles/ and Mu Shu Chicken! http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2012/06/14/homemade-chinese-take-out-mu-shu-chicken/

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  • Noel

    we just made the orange chicken, our first attempt with a weelicious recipe. mmmm. Very Good. I am now trying to set up ziplist so i can have the ingredients list onhand when i can't figure out what to make for dinner and am staring aimlessly down a grocery store aisle.

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