Friday, March 15, 2013

Paleo Orange Chicken & Cauliflower Rice

I think I decided on the idea for making orange chicken when I came across a recipe on Pinterest.  Or on another Paleo site.  Or I don't know, I spend too much time looking up recipes.  Regardless, I saw this recipe and it looked really good, so I went for it! (With a few modifications). We really love Chinese food, so I try to make my own homemade/Paleo versions pretty often.  This was a really delicious recipe and was also super simple and quick to make.  We had this with cauliflower rice, again, and we are really starting to grow fond of it.  My husband even admitted that he might like cauliflower even better than actual rice!  That's a big step.  We would both recommend that you try this out!

Paleo Orange Chicken and Cauliflower Rice
(serves 2 with leftovers)
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 t freshly grated ginger
  • 3 T tamari sauce
  • 1/2 t red chili flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, grated
In a medium sauce pot, combine the orange juice, zest, ginger, tamari, garlic, and chili flakes.  Cook over medium heat and let simmer to reduce and thicken. Once it is thickened to your liking, you can turn it down to low.  As the sauce is cooking, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 T olive oil.  Once it is hot, add the chicken pieces and cook until all the pink is gone. Add the chicken to the sauce pot and stir to coat with the orange sauce.  As the chicken is cooking, start the rice.  Heat a skillet over medium-high and add 1 T oil until it is hot.  Add the cauliflower and cook for about 5 minutes, or until it starts to brown. 

To serve, scoop some "rice" onto the plate, add the chicken and sauce, and top with chopped green onions. There you have it- delicious homemade (and Paleo) chinese food!  Enjoy!

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