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There are some inventions that I both love and curse at the same time.  After we sold our house, and while we were looking for somewhere to live, you might remember that I lived with my parents.  They had regular old cable.  No pushing a button to see what is on next, no rewinding or pausing, no being able to find out all of the information you want about a tv show.

And no dvr.

I am a dvr addict.  In fact, when I sit down to watch tv, I rarely watch what is actually on.  It’s always what is on the dvr.  American Idol, Rachael Ray, Smash.  If it’s not on the dvr, I probably don’t watch it.  (With exception to a few Food Network nighttime shows and House Hunters – I always have one on when I go to bed at night!)

For those few months, I thought I was going to die without my dvr.  But I actually learned how to live without it, and it was actually kind of freeing.

I’ll usually flip to the dvr when I sit down to work at night, after the kids have gone to bed (and after hubby usually falls asleep on the couch).  Lately, after I hit that button, I start to panic, seeing everything there that I need to watch.  It’s kind of like my Google Reader lately – I just can’t seem to get caught up.  As soon as I work through a little bit of it, I turn around and it is full again.

So yeah – as much as I love that little piece of technology, I sometimes long for the simple life!!


Do you know what is simple?  This chicken dish.  It’s a wink and a nod to everyone’s favorite take-out dish, but a lot healthier – since you’re not deep frying anything.  It’s so easy and fast, that it is definitely better than hitting up the Chinese restaurant.  Serve it over rice, and you have a simple, family friendly meal that you can feel good about eating.  While you are sitting in front of the tv.  Catching up on your dvr’d shows that seem to multiply.

I’m headed back to the tv…


Orange-Ginger Chicken
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An easy and delicious take on everyone's favorite take-out dish!
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • sliced green onions and sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. Place the flour in a large zip top bag. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper, and add half of the chicken to the bag, shaking to coat all the pieces.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. With tongs, place the chicken in the hot oil and cook until nolonger pink. Remove and keep warm. Repeat with the second half of the chicken.
  3. In the same skillet, add the orange juice, marmalade, soy sauce, honey and ginger. Bring to a boil and stir, making sure to get all the browned bits up off of the bottom of the skillet. In a small bowl, combine the water and the cornstarch, then stir into the sauce. Cook until the mixture has thickened.
  4. Add the chicken back into the sauce and stir to coat. Allow the chicken to heat through.
  5. Serve sprinkled with the green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.
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  7. Adapted from Taste of Home December/January 2012

Want more Chinese take-out made at home?

Vegetable Chow Mein from Mirch Masala
General Tso’s Chicken from From Away
Sweet & Sour Chicken from Taste and Tell
Moo Shu Pork from Barbara Bakes
Sesame Chicken from Amanda’s Cookin’
Mongolian Beef from Taste and Tell

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26 Responses to Orange-Ginger Chicken

  1. I always watch House Hunters before bed, too…..and I have way too much in my Google Reader:-). This sounds fabulous and my girls would love it. Orange chicken is a favorite. I am also liking that I usually have everything to make this.

  2. Amanda says:

    This looks fantastic, I am always looking for new stir fry dishes to try. Chinese is among my favorites. Thanks for the shout out too!

  3. Rosa says:

    Reall appetizing! Those flavors are perfect. I love Chinese-style food.



  4. Haha, I know what you mean with that DVR — when Jason and I moved in together last year, we didn’t have DVR for about a week and I almost died. The guy who came to install our cable brought the wrong cable box (no DVR cable box) and said he’d had to come back in a week to give us the right one. AHHHH, it was horrible!! A bowl of this with rice, however, would probably calm me down for a little bit 😉 looks delicious! House Hunters is my fav!!

  5. I posted an orange Chinese-inspired recipe today too – great minds! 😉

    This looks delicious! I think I have all the ingredients on hand so it may just become dinner tonight!

  6. My family loves Panda Orange chicken. I’m going to have to try this verion.

  7. This sounds INSANELY delish!

  8. Admittedly, I don’t make Chinese food often. It never seems to taste as good as when we order in. This looks so good and easy though that I’m definitely going to give it a try!

  9. I don’t have a DVR… I have been thinking of getting one soon. I haven’t watched TV since having kids. Not that thats a bad thing… I just kinda miss my daytime TV shows or the ones I’m too old to stay up and watch ( I’m serisouly like 80 in bed at 8) Your chicken looks awesome. We made Orange chicken a couple weeks ago but we did deep fry the chicken :/ I need to try your healthier recipe next!

  10. I think everyone’s reader is always overflowing. I try to keep up with it daily or it gets out of control so I don’t comment on every blog every day or every post. As for the dvr… umm I’d be lost without it now. How did we ever manage to choose just one show to watch?!

  11. Kristen says:

    I made Teriyaki chicken last night / stir fry and was just thinking that I need some new recipes. This is perfect!

    And we just got rid of cable which means no more DVR. I’m a little bit lost, for sure!

  12. Cassie says:

    Oh, simple life is good! I actually feel relieved when I have no shows on the DVR to watch, and I love have zero unread posts in my reader. It’s a feat to handle but being caught up feels so good. And this chicken sounds so good, too. I love the fresh flavors!

  13. Asiya says:

    We don’t have DVR..and I’m a little embarrassed to say I’m not even sure what it is :).

    Love this chicken…looks amazing but is so simple to put together!

  14. Rachel says:

    Wow! That looks really tasty! I love Chinese food!

    As for the DVR, I only had it for a few months, but then I got rid of my tv and have been tv-free for 8 months. I found it so freeing! I still watch shows on Netflix and Hulu, but I have more time to do other things I would rather do since I don’t just sit in front of the tv for hours like I used to.

    Have a great day!

  15. I hardly ever cook Asian at home because the ingredients list usually intimidates me, but this couldn’t look more simple! What a fabulous way to twist it up on weeknights. I’ll be trying this soon!

  16. We don’t have DVR and I can’t decided if that’s a good or bad thing for us. This orange chicken would be a great dinner for one of our crazy-busy weeknights.

  17. Chels R. says:

    I was just telling Josh last night how I wish we were better at more asian meals, and healthier asian meals at that! I’ve pinned and it’s going on one of my menus very very very soon!

    I’m addicted to my dvr too. Last week, I didn’t want any tv shows! Zero, zip! So now I’m trying to catch up on my soap opera. I’m missed so much in the daytime drama world, lol!

  18. Kalyn says:

    I have plain old cable too, just like your parents. But the good thing is I don’t know what I’m missing!

    The chicken sounds great!

  19. Joanne says:

    So you’ll be kind of shocked at this…but…I actually don’t even own a tv! Neither does my roommate. Shockingly I can live with only watching tv while at the gym. My google reader, though…that is a necessity. Love the flavors in this dish!

  20. My husband would love this. He loves orange chicken.

  21. Kristy says:

    LOL! I can totally relate to how you feel about your google reader and dvr. I keep finding myself in the same situation. This meal looks nice and simple though – and delicious! 🙂

  22. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    You sound like me. I always go to bed watching Food Network or house hunters too; that is if my son doesn’t decide to wake up right as I am trying to go to bed which has been happening a lot lately. And I can’t get enough of Smash! I haven’t been into many TV shows in a while but I just love that one. I also love this dish. Sounds so refreshing and perfect to whip up for a weeknight dinner! Another fabulous recipe I look forward to making! 🙂

  23. Rose says:

    I made this tonight and it was AMAZING! We have a serious lack of good Chinese food in Nashville. Most places deep fry their chicken for orange chicken, sesame and General Tso and inevitably it’s DRY DRY DRY! This was so moist.

    Thank you for helping me conquer my fear of making Chinese inspired dishes.

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