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One Pot Healthy Orange Chicken & Rice

As a Mom, one of my passions has been to make sure my children eat healthy and a variety of foods, BUT as most people know, most kids won’t eat much, especially when they are small. I am a Mom of three children and one is the BEST eater you could ever ask for…This dish was inspired by my middle child who loves to EAT and knows it makes his mom REALLY HAPPY. He is willing to try everything and anything I cook. Anything One Pot makes me happy and I hope it will do the same for you….This Healthy Orange Chicken is Super Heart Healthy, Tasty, and Easy to make…Enjoy!!!

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil Olive oil helps decrease the total cholesterol and "bad" LDL cholesterol levels
  • 5 Cloves Pressed/Chopped Garlic Garlic offers a variety of benefits, from cardiovascular protection, and lowering LDL levels along with triglycerides and lowering blood pressure.
  • 2 Lbs. Organic Chicken Breast
  • 1 Teaspoon Freshly Grated Ginger Ginger extract lowered LDL cholesterol to a similar extent as the cholesterol-lowering drug atorvastatin . Both studies also showed reductions in total cholesterol and blood triglycerides.
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice with Reduced Sugar A Daily Glass of OJ Is Heart Smart. An apple a day is said to keep the doctor away, but orange juice may be good at the job, too. An antioxidant in orange juice called hesperidin improves blood vessel function and helps lower a person's risk of heart disease, researchers report.
  • 1 Orange for Zest
  • 1.5 Cups Gluten Free Panko
  • 1 Cup Crushed Tomatoes Tomatoes, include Lycopene, and may knock your bad, LDL cholesterol down, 25 milligrams is about 1/2 cup of tomato sauce per day.
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Low Sodium Soy
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flax Flax's primary healthy benefit is due to the omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects.
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 2 Cups Uncooked Royal Blend Texmati Brown and Wild Rice with Soft Wheat and Rye This rice blend is super healthy and full of fiber which helps reduce the LDL's, bad cholesterol.
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • Handful Cashews Research shows that eating more nuts, such as cashews, can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. This may occur by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In one study, cashews reduced blood pressure and raised “good” cholesterol levels.

Instructions

  1. First, slice the chicken into 2x1 cubes or large slices. Next add panko to a large bowl and add your chicken and coat. You do not need anything to dip the chicken in as the panko will stay on the chicken.
  2. Then, add garlic ,grated ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and a cup of orange juice into a bowl and stir.
  3. Then, add your olive oil to your dutch oven/pot and your chicken and saute over a low heat. The panko will not adhere like breadcrumbs so it is OK if some are at the bottom of the pot as it will make for a delicious thick sauce.
  4. Next, once the chicken is lightly sauteed, add your bowl of orange juice and other ingredients blended into the pot. Stir, then cover and keep at a low heat for 15 minutes.
  5. While that is cooking, make your rice as a wild rice blend takes a good 35-45 minutes.
  6. BACK to the chicken.....Add your flax and cornstarch to your cup of crushed tomatoes, blend together then add to the pot.
  7. Next, you will stir to make sure all things are well coated and cook and additional 35 minutes over a low heat.
  8. Turn off the heat, let it cool uncovered for 10 minutes so it can thicken.
  9. Add your rice to a bowl, add your chicken, cashews, cilantro, and some orange zest. Lastly, you can add chili garlic paste or Sriracha sauce to taste.....So Scrumptious....Enjoy!!!
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