Last week I shared 4 ways to warm up your winter detox because our bodies don’t thrive on raw foods and juices in the colder months. After reading that post I’m sure you’re on board but you likely want a recipe so that you can bring those suggestions to life.
You will be so happy that this Orange Chicken, from the Winter edition of Reset to Real Food, provides leftovers because it is so delicious you will definitely want seconds.
With in-season citrus to satisfy your winter tastebuds, warming spices and black sesame seeds to support your kidneys (the organ linked to winter according to Traditional Chinese Medicine) you will be able to nourish your gut and calm inflammation to find relief from symptoms such as bloating, fatigue, cravings, constipation and more.
This recipe is an excellent way to eat a ton of veggies without resorting to a cold salad. It’s also a really yummy way to eat your veggies!
- juice of one large orange
- 3 tbsp organic orange zest
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp tapioca starch, optional
- 2 tbsp avocado oil for orange sauce
- 1 tbsp avocado oil to cook chicken
- 2” fresh ginger, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 white onion, finely diced
- 3 carrots, thinly sliced
- ½ tsp Himalayan salt
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- ½ tsp black pepper
- pinch of cayenne powder
- 2 chicken breasts, cubed (a little over a pound), hormone/nitrate free
- 1 head of broccoli, medium chopped
- 2 cups sugar snap peas
- 2-3 tbsp black sesame seeds
- To make the orange sauce, mix the orange juice, orange zest, maple syrup,
- 2 tbsp avocado oil, tapioca starch, ginger, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a bowl. Set aside
- Start sautéing the chicken in 1 tbsp of avocado oil for about 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
- Then add the onions and carrots
- Continue cooking for about 10-15 minutes then add the broccoli and sugar snap peas
- Add in the orange sauce, be careful, it may bubble a bit at first
- Cover and cook with the sauce at a boil for about 3-5 minutes or until veggies are crisp and tender
- Turn off heat and sprinkle on black sesame seeds
- Cut the chicken into cubes while semi-frozen to make it easier.