Spicy Orange Chicken with Asparagus and Brown Rice

4 01 2014

Usually you’ll find orange chicken battered and fried in restaurants…delicious, but not very healthy. This is a fast, better-for-you spin on the classic Chinese take-out. It’s extremely flavorful and offers a nice kick of heat, although as the cook, you can control the level of spice. Since the hubs and I enjoy spicy foods, I played around and added some Sriracha to the sauce which we really enjoyed. Will be making this meal again very soon!

Orange Chicken with Asparagus and Brown Rice

Spicy Orange Chicken with Asparagus and Brown Rice

The following serves 2 (adapted from fitnessmagazine.com):

  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed or sliced into strips
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp red pepper flakes (I use more because I like it spicy)
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped
  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • Juice of two oranges, zest from one orange
  • Sriracha sauce (optional)
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • Handful green onions, chopped

Cook rice according to package directions, but rather than using water to cook the rice I recommend using chicken or veggie stock. It helps add flavor to the rice. Season with salt to taste.

Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the garlic and red pepper flakes for a minute until fragrant, then add cubed or sliced chicken and saute about 8 minutes, or until no longer pink. Add the asparagus and cook another 4-5 minutes.

In a bowl whisk the soy sauce, honey, sesame seeds, orange juice and the rest of the zest. This Girl’s Tip: If you want it a little spicier, add a squirt of Sriracha sauce. Add the mixture to the skillet with the chicken and cook for another few minutes until well combined and sauce thickens a bit. Taste and season with a little salt if needed.

Divide the rice among two plates and serve the chicken, asparagus and orange sauce over rice. Don’t worry if the sauce is a little thin, the rice will suck it right up! Garnish with green onions.

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