Saturday, January 17, 2009

Orange Chinese Chicken (and beef)

I'm starting to live healthier, and am a weight watchers member. My husband and I have been addicted to Chinese food lately, and we both love orange meals. I love orange chicken, and Michael loves orange beef. This recipe is from Weight Watchers website, I'll show my changes in red.

Orange Chinese Chicken
Points Value: 5
Servings: 4
Preparation TIme: 14 mins
Cooking time: 11 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy

2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 tsp orange zest, strips
1 pound (s) uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breat, four 4-oz pieces *and 1 cup or so of beef stew pieces
1/8 tso table salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste
15 oz Mandarin Oranges in Light Syrup, or similar item
1/2 cup (s) reduced-sodium chicken broth *1 cup
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce *2 tbsps
1 tbsp orange zest, finely grated, or to taste *2 tbsps
2 tsp cornstarch *4 tsps


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add zest strips and cook, stirring, until fragrant and slightly cooked, about 1-2 minutes. **this took about 5 minutes Meanwhile, season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. When zest is finished, increase heat to medium-high; add chicken and beef to skillet and cook until golden, flipping once, about 2 minutes per side.

Drain oranges and reserve 1/4 cup liquid. Add oranges with reserved liquid to skillet and simmer 2 minutes. Whisk together broth, soy sauce, finely grated zest and cornstarch in a small bowl; add mixture to pan and simmer until sauce thickens and chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes more. Yields 1 piece of chicken and about 1/4 cup of sauce per serving.

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