Need an easy, healthy weeknight dinner recipe? I’ve got you covered with my delicious, nutritious, and satisfying Orange Chicken and Vegetable’s recipe. This easy weeknight meal is one the entire family will love! The other fantastic thing about this recipe is that it can be food prepped the evening before for dinner ready the next day! With loads of fiber from the veggies, fresh ginger and orange juice in the sauce, and organic cubed chicken, this is one recipe you won’t want to miss!
PROTEIN AND VEGGIES MAKE THE PERFECT DINNER COMBO!
One of my favorite meal recipes to make is one that includes protein, vegetables, and carbs. The wonderful thing about my Easy Orange Chicken And Vegetable’s recipe is that it gives you a full serving of veggies, a full serving of protein, and a full serving of carbs in one meal. This all-around healthy meal is similar to that famous restaurant that sells their infamous orange chicken, but my version is a healthier spin!
LET’S PREP THE CHICKEN
The first step in creating this delectable recipe is to prep the chicken. I bought organic chicken breasts for this recipe and cut them into cubes. Next, add the cubed chicken to a small mixing bowl and season with black pepper, Himalayan sea salt, paprika, and garlic salt. Coat the chicken and flour and set the chicken aside while you prep the orange chicken sauce. You will also need corn starch later in this recipe.
IT’S TIME TO GET SAUCY
The next step is to create the orange chicken sauce and for this, I used freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh ginger, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and coconut aminos. I also added fresh garlic and corn starch to help thicken the sauce. Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan over low heat and simmer for 5-minutes until the orange sauce begins to thicken. You can add more corn starch, depending on how thick you want your sauce. We are opting for honey instead of white sugar but we want this to be a healthier version of orange chicken so we are using honey instead. I also added some fresh orange zest at the end while the sauce thickened to really give the sauce that zesty and vibrant flavor.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VEGGIES
The next step is to heat a pan with vegetable oil and heat the oil up. Next, add the coated chicken to the oil and cook the chicken in the oil until the chicken starts to brown. For my vegetables, I used pre-cut bags of carrots, broccoli, celery, red bell pepper, fresh cilantro, and fresh chopped garlic. Add the prepped veggies to the chicken and saute everything together until the veggies start to soften. Next, add the orange chicken sauce to the veggies and chicken and cover the pan. Simmer everything together for 7-10 minutes over medium heat.
While the veggies, chicken, and sauce simmer together, prep the rice. I always keep and cook Jasmine rice in our household because it’s our favorite. Cook the rice according to package directions. Remove the prepped veggies and chicken from the heat. Scoop some rice into bowls and top with the orange chicken and vegetables. Add fresh cilantro for even more of a delicious kick!
IT’S TIME TO EAT!
This easy weeknight meal is fun to make and so colorful! It’s a wonderful addition to add into your weeknight rotation and makes a wonderful weekend dinner too. My Easy Orange Chicken and Vegetables also makes fantastic leftovers.
Have you ever made orange chicken? Are you excited to try this delicious version?