This would be considered my own version of orange chicken. Like what you get from a Chinese food restaurant, just without all that mystery. I like to know what goes into my food and the fresher and healthier, the better. I much prefer to cook some things myself, and I’m not much of a Chinese food eater. However, my boyfriend is and one night I was like “hey, do you want orange chicken for dinner?” So we had orange chicken for dinner. Now I’m going to tell you how to make it, cus it was darn good.
First, we had to go grocery shopping. Which can be a bit tough sometimes. I hate getting a basket, and even more I hate getting a cart because I won’t have that cart to help me carry all the crap I buy up my stairs. And the surprise when I keep throwing things into the cart only to find that everything weighs 25 pounds isn’t fun. I stick with carrying everything, and love it.
If you have non-minute rice, start that first. It will take the longest and it’s ok if it finishes first because you’ll be adding it to the veggies so it will heat again if need be. I used brown rice that takes at least half an hour to cook. So yeah, do that first.
I got a bunch of vegetables. Likeeee carrots, zucchini, broccoli, snap peas, corn, green beans, and so on. I started with the broccoli and carrots. I sautéed them in a pan with a pinch of coconut oil and threw in the eggs. (What’s fried rice without the egg?!) I continued to add the rest of the veggies and tossed it around every few minutes. J asked me how I know when to put everything in. I said “well, some of the vegetables are harder and need more time to cook than others, so those are the ones that go in first.”
For the chicken, I used my breaded chicken recipe from a previous post. Super easy, and I’d start that right after you put in the first of your veggies. Once all the chicken was done, I added shrimp to the emptied pan to cook it. When it was done, I put the chicken back in and poured in the orange chicken sauce. Now normally I’d be very against using store bought sauce like this, but it was getting late and I didn’t feel like making my own sauce. Once that was all heated, I put the zest of a (cleaned) orange in with the chicken and shrimp. That’s ready now.
Back to the veggies and rice. While the veggies are cooking, add a little soy sauce to cook the flavor in. Once they’re done, add the rice into the pan. Add more soy sauce and let it cook in there a little. I like to let my rice cook in the frying pan a little because I like the texture of it. If you feel like being a little crazy, add orange zest in here too.
Put your rice veggie combo on a place, pour the chicken shrimp combo over it and you’re finally ready to eat!
Delicious and easy, not that quick, and will probably make you feel chlostrophobic in your kitchen. Unless you’re blessed enough to have more than 1×1 foot of counter space. Nonetheless, it’s yummy, well rounded, and pretty impressive to others when you’re looking to crawl out of your comfort zone with cooking.
Let me know if you try it or if you have any good orange sauce recipes other than buying, breaking seal, and pouring.