Orange Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

This recipe for Orange Chicken Fried Rice is a guest post by food blogger, Dan George  from Mantitlement. To find more recipes from Dan, be sure to visit his site!

Orange Chicken Fried Rice

Orange Chicken Fried Rice: A Simple Weeknight Meal

One of my new favorite Chinese food take-out dishes is Orange Chicken. Not the most healthy item on the menu, but it’s so good. So to lighten up my favorite dish, I turned it into this Orange Chicken Fried Rice. The name of this recipe should actually have quotes around the word “fried”…like that. It’s not actually fried, but it tastes just as good as if it was – if not better.

I love a good comfort food recipe (or fried appetizers in any form), but for dinner time with my family, we try to keep things as healthy as we can. And not only is this recipe a healthy one, but it’s also on the table in 15 minutes.

To make this a quick weeknight dinner, I took some help from the store and grabbed frozen, pre-cooked brown rice. This stuff is amazing. It steams up perfectly in your microwave in 3 minutes when normally it would take you 45 minutes to cook a pot of brown rice. Got to take your short cuts when you can.

Here’s how easy it is to put this rice dish together…

Start by making the orange sauce. Just whisk together the garlic, orange juice, fresh ginger, honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes in a small bowl.

Then heat your wok or a large skillet over high heat until it’s good and hot. Add a tablespoon of canola oil and then the ground chicken. Brown the chicken for about 5 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon as you go.

Once the chicken is browned, pour in the orange sauce and combine it with the chicken. Let it cook down for a minute or two until most of the liquid is cooked into the chicken and absorbed.

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Now the easy part – just add in your cooked brown rice, peas, and chopped scallions.

Orange Chicken Fried Rice

Stir together just enough to warm everything through…and DONE.

Your family will go crazy for this rice, I guarantee it. You’ll love it because it’s good for them, and they’ll love it because of its amazing flavor. That’s a family dinner win, win!


Orange Chicken Fried Rice
 
This delicious and healthy Orange Chicken Fried Rice can be ready in about 15 minutes and it will be a hit with the whole family!
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Ingredients
  • 2-10 oz. bags of Steamfresh Whole Grain Brown Rice
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 T. canola oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • ⅓ c. orange juice
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1 T. fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ c. soy sauce
  • 2 T. rice vinegar
  • ¼ t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ c. scallions, chopped
  • 1 c. frozen peas, defrosted
Instructions
  1. Make the orange sauce by combining the garlic, orange juice, honey, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  3. Heat the rice in the microwave according to the package directions and set aside.
  4. In a large wok or skillet, heat up the canola oil over high heat, then add in the ground chicken.
  5. Brown the chicken while breaking up with a wooden spoon until completely cooked through.
  6. Pour the orange sauce over the chicken and stir to combine.
  7. Cook for 2 -3 minutes until the sauce is almost all absorbed into the chicken.
  8. Next add in the steamed rice, the frozen peas, and the scallions.
  9. Stir together just to heat up the ingredients and serve.

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Let’s Swap Recipes at the SoFabFood Pizza Twitter Chat on 5/27/15 at 8:00 pm EST!

Pizza, quite possibly America’s favorite food. We love pizza so we’re very excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a #SoFabFood #Pizza Twitter Chat on Wednesday, 5/27/15, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm EST. We’ll be swapping recipes and talking about our favorite food. There are so many ways to make pizza, we’re not sure how we’re even going to contain the discussion to an hour. We’ll be discussing mouthwatering cheesiness, healthier pizza options, and all the delectable toppings you can handle. Join us for fun, conversation, and some of the best recipes that will have you making a different kind of pizza every night of the week. Be sure to RSVP, bring your friends, and get ready to share your best pizza recipes and techniques!

To get an idea of what we’ll be sharing, here are some some of our favorite recipes for you to enjoy:

 Made-from-Scratch Low Sodium Pizza

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza Waffles

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Vegetarian Carrot and Fennel One Pot Rice Recipe

This recipe for Vegetarian Carrot and Fennel One Pot Rice is a guest post by food blogger, Savita Verma from Chef de Home. To find more recipes from Savita, be sure to visit her site!

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Vegetarian Carrot and Fennel One Pot Rice Dish

Vegetarian Carrot and Fennel One Pot Rice is a quick and healthy dinner option for busy weeknights. Ready in just 25 minutes, this one pot Vegetarian Pilaf is also a great way to sneak in vegetables and a lot of flavor into easy weeknight meals. This rice pot is loaded with sweet fennel, carrots, and sweet green peas.

What are the TOP requirements for weeknight dinners?

  1. Quick Cooking Time
  2. Easy Cleanup (the less pots and pans, the better)
  3. Health and Nutrition!

This one pot rice not only fulfills these requirements, but also has great flavor which the whole family will enjoy! As an added bonus, it looks so colorful that even picky eaters can’t resist taking a bite.

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Unfortunately, when rice is cooked in stock for flavor, sodium gets out of control. In order to keep the amount of salt/sodium under-control, I always cook rice in plain water. However, to compensate for the loss in flavor, I add spices and natural aromatics. Aromatics not only make rice delectable in taste, but also make the kitchen smell like you are savoring a slow-cooked meal in a 5-star restaurant. How good does that sound? This pot of rice is fortified with fennel seeds, cumin powder, and lemon zest. While fennel, carrots, and green peas give sweetness to the rice pilaf, lemon and cumin give a subtle and savory bite to this dish.

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If that’s not enough, I would like to add that this Rice Dinner is also gluten free and vegan. Plus it brings 3 small servings of vegetables in one meal. It’s perfect for adding nutrition to a quick weeknight dinner. Once you try this rice dish once, it is sure to make a definite place in your weeknight menu rotation. I’m sure you are going to enjoy it as much as my family does. So, go get cooking!

Keep in mind that the addition of green peas is totally optional. To up the protein in this dish, you can also replace the green peas with cooked chickpeas or black beans.

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Vegetarian Carrots and Fennel One Pot Rice
 
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Vegetarian Carrot and Fennel One Pot Rice flies from kitchen to dinner table in just 25 minutes and is delicious, healthy, vegan, and gluten free.
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Recipe type: One Pot Meal
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cup long grain rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 small carrots, diced
  • 1 fennel, bulb and fronds sliced, leaves reserved for garnish
  • ½ cup frozen green peas (optional)
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ cup shallot onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash rice under running water. Soak in water and set aside.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil and add chopped onion and garlic. Saute until onions are soft, about 1-2 minutes. Don't let garlic burn.
  3. Add cumin powder, paprika, fennel seeds, and cook for 30 seconds. Then add chopped carrots, sliced fennel bulb and fronds, then saute on medium heat for 2 minutes.
  4. Add drained rice with 3 cups of water and ½ teaspoon of salt. Stir well to combine. Taste water and adjust salt if needed. Bring to rolling boil, then cover with lid and cook on medium heat for 12 minutes or until water has been fully absorbed.
  5. Add frozen peas, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Fold rice gently with spatula. Cover and leave for 5 minutes.
  6. Garnish with fennel leaves before serving. Serve and enjoy!

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Delicious Non-Traditional Side Salad Recipes

Find out how to make these 7 non-traditional side salad recipes to complete your busy weeknight grilled meals. #SoFabFood

7 Delicious Side Salad Recipes to Compliment your Weeknight Meal!

Side Salads are a great way to complete any weeknight meal because there are so many varieties, they’re simple to make, and they pair well with any entree. We love a good, leafy salad as much as anyone, but sometimes we like to turn to non-traditional side salad recipes to liven things up a bit. These 7 side salads are some of our favorites and we couldn’t wait to share them with you! Bright, delicious, and full of flavor, these side salads are sure to be a hit at your next family meal.

  • This Summer Avocado Salad is as festive as it is healthy. Avocados, black beans, and corn are paired with oil, spices, and herbs to make this delightful salad that pairs perfectly with grilled meats or your favorite Mexican dish.
  • This flavorful Summer Couscous Salad is a simple, easy-to-follow, flavor-rich recipe that isn’t fussy and overwhelming. This salad is the perfect light lunch or side to your fish dinner.
  • If you’re looking for a simple salad that’s full of flavor and holds up well for picnics or potlucks, this Asian Slaw Salad is exactly what you’re looking for. This crispy, vegetable-packed salad gets an added texture and flavor dimension with the addition of Ramen noodles and almonds.
  • At first glance, you might think that this recipe for Pea Salad with Cashews and Bacon isn’t for you, but you need to taste this one to realize how amazing it really is. It’s a hearty and flavorful salad that works great with anything off the grill.
  • This Broccoli Salad recipe is on the lighter side, but it’s just as flavorful as it is a fulfilling side dish. This recipe uses broccoli, bacon, cheese, Greek yogurt, milk, mayo, vinegar, and sugar for the perfect flavor combination.
  • The Bramborový Salát is not your typical American Potato Salad. This Czechoslovakian potato salad is very rich in flavor and not over bearing with mustard. It’s so good, you may never want to eat traditional potato salad again.
  • This recipe for Mexican Bean Salad combines black, cannelli, and kidney beans with a whole host of fresh vegetables and spices to make a delicious salad that’s perfect for picnics and parties.

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Simple to Make Tropical Fruit Slushie Recipe

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Tropical Fruit Slushie from My Kitchen Craze

Summer is fast approaching which means outdoor get togethers, pool parties, grilled food, and cool refreshing drinks. This Tropical Fruit Slushie needs to be on your party menu! It’s a refreshing and tropical drink filled with delicious fruits and SunnyD. This Tropical Fruit Slushie is super simple to make and tastes amazingly delicious. It’s perfect for those days you come home from being out all day in the sun and you’re in need of something refreshing. The frozen mangos, peaches, and pineapple add such a sweet and tangy flavor. Then the added SunnyD is the perfect companion to the frozen fruits. All of this makes this drink a must have for your summer fun!

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Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • 2 - 6.75 oz SunnyD bottles, approx. 2 cups
  • ½ cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 heaping cup ice
  • 4 tsp grenadine
  • Cherries, mint, and oranges for garnish
Instructions
  1. Gather your ingredients.
  2. Visit the original recipe on My Kitchen Craze for full preparation instructions.
  3. Enjoy!

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