This Chinese-American dish is a “food court Chinese” staple in North America. Battered, fried and tossed with mysterious sauce, too often it’s a nutritional train wreck. Suffice to say, you’ll enjoy this dish with its bright orange flavour and cashew buttery crunch. If desired, you can replace the chicken with turkey or tofu.
3/4 cup (180 ml) no-salt-added chicken stock
3/4 cup (180 ml) orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
2 Tbsp (40 ml) rice vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) low-salt soy sauce
1/4 cup (60 ml) raw cane sugar
3 tsp (15 ml) grated ginger
1/8 tsp (0.5 ml) cayenne powder
1 lb (450 g) cubed, skinless, boneless chicken breast
3 tsp (15 ml) + 2 tsp (10 ml) cooking oil
garlic cloves, minced
red capsicum, thinly sliced
3 tsp (15 ml) cornflour
spring onions, sliced, green and white parts
1/2 cup (125 ml) unsalted raw cashews
Orange slices for garnish
4 cups (1 L) cooked brown rice
Each serving contains: 2403 kilojoules; 35 g protein; 17 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 70 g carbohydrates (16 g sugars, 5 g fibre); 394 mg salt
source: "Healthy Chinese Food", alive Australia #15, Autumn 2013
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