Orange-Soy Chicken

I love Asian flavors; I love mixing and matching them and creating my own recipes.  This soy-garlic-green onion-ginger chicken was created on a pantry-raid. I had some chicken thighs in the fridge and threw some things together into a bowl. The flavors are pretty subtle and the marinade is cooked down and turned into a glaze for the chicken at the end. I suggest serving this chicken with some jasmine rice or some sautéed snow peas and carrots on the side.

I had leftovers the next day, so I chopped up the chicken and tossed it with some greens, red onions, peppers, bean sprouts and sesame vinaigrette. It was light and satisfying and yummy.

Orange-Soy Chicken

serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green onion, chopped
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon hot chili oil (or a couple of splashes of hot sauce to taste)

  1. Mix all ingredients except chicken in a non-reactive bowl. Taste and adjust flavors to your liking. Add chicken and let sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Heat up a grill pan or skillet on medium heat.  Cook chicken until no longer pink in the middle, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  3. While cooking the chicken, bring the marinade to a boil in a sauce pan and reduce heat to simmer for 8-10 minutes until reduced into a glaze. Taste and adjust flavors. Serve over chicken.
Taste the marinade before adding the chicken to make sure the flavors are balanced and adjust ingredients to taste.

Taste the marinade before adding the chicken to make sure the flavors are balanced and adjust ingredients to taste.

orange soy chicken on grill pan

I like using a grill pan to get those nice grill marks, but you can also simply saute the chicken on a frying pan if you don't have a grill pan.

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