Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Eats - Slimmed Down Orange Chicken

Most of us have likely had the orange chicken at our favorite Chinese or Thai restaurant or from the fast food Panda place.  It is really tasty - but it is also LOADED with fat and sodium and sugar.

How about a pared down version, with that same great orange taste but a lot healthier? Like 16 grams LESS of fat per serving and 400 mg LESS of salt per serving.

Crock Pot Orange Chicken

In a bowl mix:

3/4 cup low sugar orange marmalade
3/4 cup Barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays, my favorite of the "cheap" barbecue sauce brands)
2 Tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
4 shakes crushed red pepper

Pour over 4-6 pieces bone in chicken pieces and cook on low 6-8 hours (my crock pot on low is surprisingly warmer than most crock pots so for me it was 3 and 1/2 hours - you're looking for internal temp of 160 F.).

Serve with rice (and the sauce is amazing over the rice) and veggies.

Vegetarian?  For a sauce to dunk or drizzle  your veggie "chicken" pieces, mix

1/4 cup marmalade
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 teaspoons of soy sauce
tiny pinch of red pepper

and nuke or simmer until bubbly.  Serves-2-4

1 comment:

  1. MMMMMMM, you are such an amazing cook. It is just something I don't enjoy, even though I love to eat!

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