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Whole30 Orange Chicken

Holy crap you guys, I got this INCREDIBLE recipe from Food Faith Fitness and it is absolutely stellar!!

If you are craving some naughty comfort food, but don't want the side of guilt, you've got to try this one out, trust me you won't be sorry. 

Ingredients

Sauce
  • 3/4 Cup 100% organic orange juice
  • Zest Of half a medium orange
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • Pinch Red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp avocado or refined coconut oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp Fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch
Chicken
  • 2 Tbsp avocado or refined coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp tapioca starch
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 8 Ounces Chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes
Serving Ingredients
  • 1 medium orange, chopped to bite sized pieces
  • Green onion, diced
  • Sesame seeds
  • Hot cooked white rice or cauliflower rice

Instruction

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, orange zest, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. In a medium, high-sided frying pan heat the oil for the sauce up on medium heat.  Add in the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Add in the orange juice mixture, stirring so the garlic/ginger mix into it.  Additionally, place the 1 tsp of Tapioca starch into a medium bowl.

  4. Turn the temperature up to high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add 2 tsp of the hot sauce into the tapioca starch and whisk until smooth.  While whisking, pour the tapioca mixture into the sauce and stir in well.  

  5. After you add the tapioca, boil the sauce for 2 minutes. Then, turn the heat down to medium/low and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until the sauce is thick and glossy.   Transfer to a large bowl, cover, and let stand to thicken up more while you make the chicken.

  6. In a large frying pan over medium/high heat, heat the oil. NOTE: do not crowd the chicken, fry in 2 batches if needed using 1 Tbsp of oil each time. Adjust according to the size of your pan.

  7. While the oil heats, place the tapioca starch and a pinch of salt and pepper into a large Zip-loc bag.  Add in the chicken cubes, seal the bag and toss until the chicken is coated in the starch.

  8. Place the chicken into the hot oil and cook until golden brown and crispy about 3-4 minutes per side, flipping once.

  9. Once cooked, transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and gently press out any excess oil.  Place the chicken into the bowl with the sauce. Add in the orange slices and toss until the sauce coats everything.

  10. Serve over top of cauliflower rice, or white rice, garnish with green onion and sesame seeds, and DEVOUR.

    Note: for the cauliflower rice, I like to add olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to flavor it up!

    Serve along side some roasted veggies for an extra dose of fiber and nutrients!

 

 

 

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