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Tasty Tuesday - Easy Orange Chicken, Veg & Rice

I don't know about you, but anytime a recipe is listed as easy, and involves food I know the boys will eat (i.e.: chicken - check; rice - check), I am all-over-it! Here is the plan for tonight: -

1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup cornstarch, divided
1 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1-1/2 cups sliced fresh carrots
1 cup chopped green pepper (I'll probably use broccoli or snap peas)
1/2 cup chopped onion

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Place remaining cornstarch in a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook chicken in 2 tablespoons oil for 7-9 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, heat carrots in remaining oil for 2 minutes. Add green pepper and onion; saute 2-3 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir cornstarch mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
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How the Kids can Help: Measure & pour ingredients; chop veggies (older kids - be careful!); shake chicken in the ziploc baggie; plate rice.


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