This may be pretty dorky, but- don’t you just LOVE when you can throw a bunch of random stuff together… that you’ve got hanging around the kitchen…. and make it in to a really really good meal? Well, we are dorks because we certainly do, enjoy it- literally!
Obviously you won’t make this recipe having the exact same happenstance of ingredients on hand… unless you made fish tacos Sunday, Quinoa Cakes Saturday, and are planning to make Wild Rice with Pistachio and Oranges ( coming soon!). The inspiration, other then what we had to use, came from a craving for Chinese Orange Chicken- but no desire for the unhappy belly afterwards.
We had a good 2.5 cups of cooked quinoa ready to go ( rather then rice- perfect!), lots of oranges to spare ( mmm juicy orange and zest), cilantro/ red cabbage/ corn/ red onion and some thawed chicken breasts just ready to either waste away sadly or be magically transformed into this super high protein, ingredient efficient, tasty AND healthy spin on a Chinese meal. We even had leftovers to take for lunch today- yep, we are cool! Without further adue- here’s how we made this:
4- 4 ounce chicken breasts, trimmed and sliced into 1″ strips
Sauce+ Marinade Chicken
Juice and Zest from 2 oranges
scant* 1/4 cup Teryaki Sauce
1 small dash Toasted Sesame Oil
1 large dash Fish Sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup reserved sauce/ marinade
1/2 orange, juiced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2.5 cups cooked quinoa
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients, reserve about 1/4 cup, set aside. Season chicken lightly with salt and pepper and garlic powder, then place the chicken strips in to the bowl of marinade and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile:
In a 10-12″ pan, heat oil over medium heat till hot. Add onion, cook for 3-4 minutes till translucent and fragrant. Add in the corn, cabbage, cilantro, tomatoes and stir to combine, 2 minutes. Add in 1/2 cup wine and reduce by half. Add in the quinoa, toss well, adding in marinade, orange juices and water to coat the mixture. If it’s too dry, add more water. Heat through, about 3 minutes longer. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
To cook the chicken, heat another 8-10″ pan over medium high heat with a small dash of oil. When the pan is hot, add in all the marinade and chicken from your bowl. Cook tossing often for about 7-8 minutes, till juices run clear and chicken is cooked through completely. Serve on a bed of Quinoa and top with extra cilantro.