Orange Chicken

It has taken me a few tries perfect and way too long to share this recipe, but here it is in all of its orange-y, spicy, and simple glory.

A few notes about this recipe: the sauce part of the recipe would be great on tofu (hey, hey vegetarians!) and the chicken pairs well with rice and stir-fried vegetables.

Orange chicken

Orange Chicken

Ingredients
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large oranges
1 tablespoon honey
2 cloves minced garlic
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1. Heat a large skillet to medium high and add olive oil. Cook chicken in oil until just done, about ten minutes or until lightly browned. Set chicken aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
2. Peel two large strips of zest from the oranges with a vegetable peeler and use a grater to zest one of the oranges. Juice the oranges and combine the juice with the peeled zest, grated zest, honey, garlic, soy sauce, and broth in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk until fully combined and add to the skillet used to cook the chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and stir frequently.
3. While sauce is simmering, combine the cornstarch with with one tablespoon cold water and mix until combined. Add to sauce and cook until mixture is thickened.
4. Add chicken to sauce and stir until the chicken is fully coated. Add crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper and enjoy!

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Five Things

Hey hey! I feel so behind on all things blog-related. I’m here now, and ready to discuss some random things, as always.

1. A date! I think it was a weekend or two ago that Jimmy and I went to Trax Farms here in Pittsburgh for a little afternoon date and it was lovely. Yes, our idea of a date is going to a farm store 🙂

Girl looking at garden and farm store Trax Farms in Pittsburgh, PA

Speaking of Jimmy and I, our wedding anniversary is tomorrow! I can’t believe we’ve been married four years now. It feels like just yesterday we were walking down the aisle, taking pictures, dancing at our reception, going on our honeymoon, and settling into our new life together. Now we have a menagerie of animals and have been blessed with a sweet little girl on the way. I can’t say it enough: God. Is. Good. 

2. Speaking of our pets… Malcolm turned two in May, and Mavis and Lola each turn 12 this month: 12 months for Mavis and 12 years for Lola!

Black cat laying in windowsillCocker spaniel laying on black lab funny

Lola, Malcolm, and Mavis keep us busy and make our hearts full. We’re constantly laughing (and sometimes crying…) because of these three musketeers. Also of note, Mavis finally went into heat! I’ll probably post more about it in a 12 month update for her!

3. Swimming. Guys, I went swimming for the first time in like three years! Long-time readers will probably remember that I was a competitive swimmer growing up, and then swam for fun at the gym during college and for a year or two after. I finally got back in the pool last week and it felt amazing, aside from all the huffing and puffing I did 😉

Swimming kick board, pull buoy, paddles, and Thermos Intak waterbottle

4. Granola. I made some banana bread granola for our neighbors as a thank you for a baby outfit they gave us and I thought I’d share the recipe. It’s a keeper! When I first posted the recipe, I called it banana nut granola, but I think banana bread granola better suits it.

Banana bread granola in a mason jar

I also have a great chocolate granola recipe and peanut butter granola recipe. I thought I had a few more granola recipes here on the blog, but they’re currently living in my homemade cookbook. I’ll have to post about them soon! Some of the flavors are coconut almond, cranberry orange, and oatmeal raisin. Now I want a bowl of granola with milk.

5. A thank you. Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post! Everyone had such great input and I’m glad I decided to post about the tough stuff we had been going through. You guys rock 🙂