Orange chicken_NZ DadsThis is such an easy and quick recipe, and everyone who eats it enjoys it. It’s also nice the next day (or the next night).

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • Zest and juice of 2 oranges
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey (can also use brown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water (or vege/chicken/beef stock for extra flavour)
  • 2 chicken breasts (can also use thighs), cut into cubes or strips
  • 1 tbsp flour (can use rice/coconut/buckwheat if gluten free)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ head of broccoli, thinly sliced (one floret can be cut into three pieces)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin circles
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)


  • Mix the first 4 ingredients in a small pot or frying pan, then bring to the boil.
  • Turn the heat down and let simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Place the water and rice into a large pot and bring to the boil.
  • Turn the heat down to a simmer, and cook for approximately 25 mins or until all the water has been absorbed.
  • Take the sauce off the heat and allow to cool.
  • When the rice is cooked remove from the heat but keep covered so it stays warm.
  • In a large bowl toss the chicken in the flour so that is all lightly coated.
  • In a large frying pan the oil, then put the chicken in to brown
  • Heat a small amount of water in a pot, and when it is boiling add the broccoli and carrots
  • When the chicken is browned on all sides, tip the sauce into the frying pan and stir so that it coats all the meat
  • Cook for 3 – 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked all the way through
  • Drain the vegetables and add them to the frying pan, stirring to mix everything through
  • Serve over the rice, and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top for a garnish

TIP You can use any kinds of vegetables in this recipe; cauliflower, bean sprouts, beans and capsicums are good options. You could also serve it over noodles if you prefer.

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