Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Weight Watchers Orange Chicken

In an attempt to eat a little better this week, I've planned our dinners to include some Weight Watchers recipes. I found them all on laaloosh.com

First up: Orange Chicken for 6 WW points. Cooking Asian foods are definitely my weakest area. I'm just not good at it and I can't figure out why. I think I choose good recipes, I follow them exactly, and still...the taste is never great. Aaron's favorite cuisine is Chinese, so it would great if one of these times I can find a winning recipe. Someone help!

I chose this recipe one, because of the picture on laaloosh (looks great, right?), two, because it mentioned General Tso's chicken and we both love that. But, I didn't read closely enough. It said this dish is mistakenly referred to as General Tso's. Minstakenly being the key word. It's still an OK dish, but we both thought it tasted more like a frozen meal than fake-out take-out. Maybe you know how to make it better?

1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch strips
2 cup cooked white rice, kept hot
Rind of a small orange sliced into thin strips
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup canned chicken broth, reduced-sodium
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp peanut oil
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 medium scallions, chopped
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or 1 dried chili pepper, minced
1 tbsp sesame seeds

**For added nutritional value, substitute the white rice with brown rice

In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, broth, sugar, cornstarch, ginger, and vinegar, then set aside.

In a large skillet, heat peanut oil on medium-high heat. Add orange rinds, scallions, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for about 2 minutes. Add in the chicken and cook for approximately 6 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown.

Now mix in the sauce and let simmer until the chicken is cooked all the way through and the sauce starts to get thick, this should take approximately 3-4 minutes. On a plate, serve chicken and sauce over rice and garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds

Serving size = 1 cup of chicken and 1/2 cup of rice
6 Weight Watchers Points


Joelen said...

This looks great and I love how its healthy too!

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