Healthy orange chicken

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Another take out fake-out recipe! Homemade versions of takeout food might be one of my favorite things to make.  They are way healthier than the restaurant versions.

I’ve had this recipe in my “to make” box for about 2 years now. And I finally got around to making it for my parents. I know I will be making it again soon for Brian.

We both love orange chicken but don’t eat it very often because it is so unhealthy. Fried then smothered in a sugar sauce. This version isn’t fried which cuts down on a ton of fat and calories, but still tastes amazing. I think it could easily made into a vegetarian recipe by substituting tofu and still taste great.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts(pounded to 1/2 in thick)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • juice from half of an orange
  • 1/2 of an orange, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and pepper
  • rice(optional)
  • broccoli(optional)

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cut flattened chicken in to 1 inch pieces. Salt and pepper. Cook chicken until brown, about 3-4 minutes. Turn heat to medium-low and flip chicken pieces and cook and additional 2-3 minutes.

In a separate bowl, mix orange marmalade, orange pieces, juice and cinnamon.

Add to skillet while on medium-low. Cook an additional 5 minutes or until sauce thickens a little and chicken is cooked through.

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Serve over rice. I also served with a side of steamed broccoli.

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This recipe makes 4 servings. When adding a half of cup of rice to each serving the whole meal comes out to a total of less than 300/calories per serving. Add a cup of steamed broccoli to each serving and you have a filling and well-rounded meal at 350 calories. According to Panda Express’s calories calculator, one serving of orange chicken with a side of rice clocks in at 800-950 calories(depending on type of rice). YIKES.

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