Fresh orange, zesty ginger, bright edamame beans, and a swirl of honey is an easy and delicious way to change up chicken night. This one pot meal is super simple and uses pretty basic ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen. Those are without a doubt my favorite kind of meals!
The inspiration for this meal actually came from two different places. First, I was chatting with my sister Helen, and she mentioned how she especially loves it when I post meals that require minimal ingredients and don’t require tons of prep work. (She’s pregnant (yay!!!!) a busy mom to an active 5 year old boy, and a nurse….. I’m not sure I’d have enough energy to throw frozen chicken nuggets at my family if I was her, much less cook a meal from scratch!!!) So I began brainstorming.
One of my favorite times to brainstorm recipes is when I’m running. I’m not really sure if that’s normal or not but for some reason I always feel so inspired when it’s just me and my music and my running shoes. I love it! Of course, crazy me decides to start training for the Detroit marathon AND decides to do my long run on the hottest day of the week. So as I’m running (read, almost dying in the midday sun and heat) all I can think about are oranges. Probably because they are so fresh and hydrating and I was feeling anything but that. Anyways, oranges, ginger, honey, chicken….. Always a great combo! Throw in some bright and nutrient dense edamame beans and we are good to go!!
Right now, my long runs are only at 11 miles. I wonder what my recipe inspirations will look like at mile 20? I’ll probably be posting recipes for flavored water at that point! Back to chicken though… Beautiful, orange infused chicken. A few things before you get started. Because I served this with rice, I really enjoyed leaving it rather saucy. The more sauce the better in my book. If you are not a sauce person, you can always reduce the chicken broth to 1/2 a cup. Also, if you’d rather have a hint of orange instead of the stronger orange flavor (my preference) then only zest half the orange. That’s about it. Quick, healthy, and delicious. I hope you enjoy:)
Easy Orange Ginger Chicken
- 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Juice of 1/2 orange
- 2/3 cup reduced sodium/reduced fat chicken broth
- 2 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder (feel free to use fresh ginger if you have it)
- Zest of 1 orange (use 1/2 of orange for a more subtle orange flavor)
- Juice of 1/2 orange
- 1 cup steamed and shelled edamame beans (soybeans) (I used the frozen steam-in-a-bag kind)
Using a medium sized pan, on a medium to medium low heat, begin cooking chicken tenderloins.
Sprinkle on 1 teaspoon garlic powder and the juice of 1/2 an orange.
Cover and allow to cook for 6 minutes.
Flip chicken over and continue cooking for another 4-6 minutes or until no longer pink inside.
As chicken is cooking, you can prepare the sauce.
In a small bowl, whisk the broth, soy sauce, honey, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, orange zest and juice from 1/2 an orange together.
Cut chicken into bite sized pieces.
Pour in sauce and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in edemame beans.
Sauce will thicken a bit as it cools. Serve over white or brown rice.
Nutrition Facts Servings 4 Amount Per Serving (1 shallow cup) Calories 261 Total Fat 3g Saturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 113mg Sodium 497mg Potassium 52mg Total Carbohydrate 19g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 12g Protein 41g