After a long week of work and commuting, with very little time to do creative cooking for dinners, I decided to spend my Friday night testing out a new recipe from Bill Staley and Haley Mason, the authors of Make It Paleo and the new Make It Paleo 2.
Thanks to my subscription to Diane Sanfilippo’s weekly newsletter, I got a free download of the Orange Chicken recipe from Make it Paleo 2 and it was a great project for a Friday night!
It did take me a while to make, and made the kitchen extremely dirty. But to be honest, I can’t blame the recipe for the mess and prep time, I am just a long-winded, messy chef! And no matter how many dishes I ended up doing this morning (no way was I cleaning up the kitchen last night!), I will DEFINITELY be making this again.
As the hubby said last night after shoveling half his plate of chicken into his mouth, “This is so freaking good!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. It really was amazing! The perfect fix for a Chinese food craving.
By coating bite-size pieces of boneless chicken thigh with an arrowroot starch batter, and frying in coconut oil, the chicken developed a thick, crunchy crust that perfectly mimicked a typical fried Chinese chicken recipe. The slightly spicy, slightly sweet orange sauce was so good, slightly sticky and filled with flavor.
I don’t want to share the recipe– you’ve got to buy the cookbook for that (on my to-do list for today)! If you can’t wait to buy the book to make this amazing meal, here is a recipe that is pretty similar.
We paired the orange chicken with some easy cauliflower rice. To make the rice, simply use a food processor to grate a head of cauliflower into small, rice-shaped pieces. Place the cauliflower in a large sauté pan with the cooking fat of your choice, about 1/4 cup of water, 2 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper. Sauté until the cauliflower is browned, and slightly crunchy (it should have the texture of fried rice).
This is a great, easy base for almost any meat dish, especially ones with some sauce to soak up!
Go ahead and get Make it Paleo 2, then let me know how much you YOU love this recipe!