Sometimes you need to eat in a hurry, but you don’t want to order in or get some take-out. This Chinese-inspired recipe for orange ginger broccoli and chicken takes less than a half hour from start to finish, and you’ll end up with a healthy, tasty dinner! (Serves 2)
Wok or non-stick pan (medium to large sized)
Large frying pan
Measuring spoons and cup
Tongs and/or spoons
Rice cooker or medium pot
1/2 to 3/4 pounds of chicken tenderloin, thawed
1 c. broccoli florets
1/2 c. orange juice
3 T. orange marmalade
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 T. white vinegar or rice vinegar
2 T. soy sauce (use reduced sodium for less salt!)
garlic powder (optional)
2 c. uncooked rice (or more, if you love rice)
1: Begin by cooking your rice. You can use a rice cooker (fabulous kitchen tool) if you have one. Otherwise, put water on to boil and continue the recipe! (Just remember to add the rice when the water is boiling!)
2: Slice each chicken tenderloin in half, so you end up with two “nuggets” of chicken. If you like smaller pieces of chicken, cut them into more pieces. Put oil in the frying pan and let it get hot, then add the chicken. Season the chicken lightly with the salt and pepper and garlic powder (if you have it). Cook until lightly browned and done all the way through, then turn off the heat.
3: While the chicken and rice are cooking, assemble the following in the wok or non-stick pan: orange juice, orange marmalade, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar. Stir together well and let simmer over medium heat until the marmalade dissolves into the mix. If you like a thicker sauce, let the sauce cook down for 5-10 minutes; otherwise, 2 or 3 minutes is fine.
4: Add the broccoli florets to the sauce. (If you have other vegetables in the kitchen, you can julienne some of them as well–yellow squash, zucchini, or carrots would make a lovely addition. You can judge how much you want in there). Let the broccoli cook until tender, around 4 minutes. Stir occasionally.
5: Add the chicken to the broccoli-sauce mixture, and stir it around until the chicken is thoroughly coated. You can let this cook for a minute or two, and then turn off the stove.
6: Finally, pour everything over the rice. You can serve these separately, but the sauce really gives flavor to the whole dish and mixing everything together is delicious! Enjoy!
This week, Harris Teeters in Winston-Salem have fresh broccoli crowns on sale for $1.79 a pound. See more local Harris Teeter specials here.