If you’ve ever been to a Trader Joe’s, you understand it’s allure. I can’t walk out of that place without a basket full of provisions, most that I don’t really need. Spinach-Artichoke Dip? Frozen pizzas? Spring rolls? Chocolate-covered espresso beans? Chocolate-covered almonds? Chocolate-covered ANYTHING?
The star of the show at TJ’s: Mandarin Orange Chicken. This stuff is wonderful. Chunks of tender breaded chicken that only take like 25 minutes to heat in the oven until they’re nice and crispy? A sweet orange sauce/glaze that covers the chicken and flavors your rice, too? Outstanding. However, this dish is not outstanding in the health department. Shocker, I know.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make a much-healthier orange chicken dish at home! The TJ’s version takes about 30 minutes to prepare, and this version shouldn’t take you much longer than that, if you exclude the hour it’s sitting in the fridge to marinate. What I generally do is come home from work, prep the marinade (or even prep it the night before!), toss the chicken in, then spend an hour catching up on household chores. Or, to be honest, watching the most recent episode of “Girls.”
Update 10/15/13: This recipe was chosen as the winner of Whole Foods Market Cooking’s “Your Best Stovetop Chicken” contest and professionally photographed by Mark Weinstein (below).
Yield: 4 servings
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