Friday, September 18, 2009
Needed some doctoring
Orange Mandarin Chicken
Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2003 Copyright 2002
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil I forgot this!
4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges in light syrup, undrained
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned.
While chicken cooks, drain oranges in a colander over a bowl, reserving 2 tablespoons liquid. Add oranges, 2 tablespoons liquid, onions, jalapeño, and garlic to pan. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes. Combine broth, soy sauce, and cornstarch; add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened.
I cut the chicken into smaller pieces. I added a bit more soy sauce and touch of the seasoning from the ramen packet.
Calories: 212 (16% from fat) Fat:3.8g (sat 0.7g,mono 1.3g,poly 1.3g) Protein: 27.2g Carbohydrate: 15.2g Fiber: 0.7g Cholesterol:66mg Iron:1.9mg Sodium:562mg Calcium:27mg
I made the mistake of reading the reviews of this recipe. Some loved it, many thought it bland and felt like something was missing. It was too late to change the menu so I went forth. I too felt something was missing - and it was! I forgot the sesame oil. By the time I realized it, the dish was plated. Oh well. I ended up added some of the ramen seasoning packet and a tad more soy sauce and it was good but nothing spectacular. My oranges fell apart and I think that helped.
I served this over ramen noodles and my son was happy.
I'll have to keep this short. We have our first kindergarten field trip today. I'd be more excited about it if it wasn't for the boring non-refrigerated lunch I had to pack.
Question of the Day: Where did you take field trips when you were in school? I can remember going to a farm, a state park, an airport and a local television station. My school was not very big on field trips because after grammar school I don't remember any field trips until high school, when my French class went to NYC twice and Philadelphia once.