general tao chicken, done the healthy way.

It’s Thursday, and I get a bit really excited about Thursdays. Thursday = Vampire Diaries + Takeout. I don’t think there will ever be a more perfect combination. It doesn’t happen every Thursday, and not today in particular because VD is on a hiatus until March 15. Yes, that day is circle, highlighted and starred on my calendar. But in keeping with tradition, this post couldn’t be more appropriate.

I’m picky, and even more picky since going paleo. Wait though, picky really isn’t the right word. More like selective. Yeah that one. That paired with the fact that we E and I live in a small town makes our take out options some what limited. We’ve got Swiss, chinese or pizza. So on most Thursday’s you can find us in front of the TV with a box of Chinese takeout to share between us.

E and I love a good order of General Tao or Sesame chicken from our local Chinese restaurant. So, in attempt to create a healthier, sans deep fried version of our favourites this is what I came up with!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup brown rice (for those of you eating grains!)
  • Your choice of vegetable (I used broccoli)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 t. ginger
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 4 t. garlic, crushed
  • 2 T soy sauce (I used sodium-reduced)
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 1/4 t. pepper
  • 2-3 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 t red pepper flakes (again, E likes spicy, spicy!)
  • 1 T coconut oil or EVOO

Directions

  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  2. Steam broccoli until firm and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl (I used a glass measuring cup), add garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce and red pepper flakes. Stir together and set aside.
  4. In a non stick frying pan, heat oil over medium. Add chicken, cooking until golden brown. Approximately 7 minutes.

  5. Add steamed broccoli to the pan and pour in sauce. Cover; cook until broccoli is tender and sauce has thickened. Approximately 3-5 minutes. Add in rice just before serving.

  6. Enjoy! E certainly gobbled it up!

{Note: I added some left over beans and sesame seeds to E’s for some extra nutrition!}

Do you have any weekly traditions? What’s your favourite take-out meal?

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