Orange Chicken and Vegetables

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This recipe serves 4:

264 calories

17.4g total carbs, 5g fiber, 12.4g net carbs

6.7g fat

29.7g protein

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp peeled, minced ginger
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup sliced button mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 3 tbsp liquid amino’s or soy sauce (which ever you prefer)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tbsp water
  • 1 orange, peeled and sectioned
  • red pepper flakes or sliced fresh jalapeno peppers (optional to taste)
  • 2 cups riced cauliflower
  1. In a medium, non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the ginger and saute, stirring often for about 2 minutes. Transfer the ginger to a samll plate with a slotted spoon.
  2. In the same skillet, saute the chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to another plate.
  3. In the same skillet,combine the broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, orange zest and water, stirring to get the browned chicken bits released from the bottom of the skillet. If using the hot peppers, do not forget to stir them in at this time too. Cover and cook until vegetables are done to your desire or tender crisp. Meanwhile, begin heating your riced cauliflower. (1)
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet; stir in the broth, liquid amino’s, and orange juice. Add the dissolved cornstarch and stir frequently until the mixture boils and thickens slightly. Add the orange and ginger and continue cooking until the orange pieces are heated. Top with the ginger you set aside.
  5. Serve over 1/2 cup portions of the riced cauliflower. (2)

(1) Frozen riced cauliflower is handy to use if you do not rice your own.

(2) You obviously could serve this dish over actual rice, but it is going to increase your carb and calorie count. You could also serve this over a bed of spaghetti squash for another variation. Be adventurous!

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