We take a shortcut to make it an easy weeknight meal by using frozen breaded chicken nuggets or tenders. The following recipe makes 4 servings, and can easily be increased. To get the main part of the Orange Chicken & Fried Rice started you will need:
Frozen breaded chicken nuggets or tenders
2 cups Rice (white or brown)
juice & zest of one orange
1/4c lemon juice
1 tbs rice vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp ginger (we use powder, but fresh is good)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (or a dash of cayenne pepper)
1 tbs cornstarch
Mix all sauce ingredients thoroughly, then bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once it starts simmering, reduce heat & stir constantly until the sauce thickens. Turn heat to low.
By now the chicken & rice are probably done. Next step is to start the fried rice.
1 cup Frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup Frozen shelled edamame
2 eggs, scrambled
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
In a large skillet or on a flatop griddle pan, start by cooking the frozen mixed vegetables & edamame over medium heat with either a pat of butter or coconut oil. Add the rice, then sprinkle with the soy sauce & brown sugar, stir well. Push the rice & veg off to one side of the pan, then start frying the eggs (add black pepper if desired). When the eggs are done, mix with the rice & veg.
Right before serving, toss the chicken nuggets in the orange sauce to coat & serve over a bed of fried rice. Or, if you prefer, you can spoon the orange sauce over the fried rice & chicken.
I hope your family enjoys this easy, tasty meal as much as our family does!
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