Easy Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash and Rice

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Easily try this delicious spin on the Chinese-American takeout dish, orange chicken served with honeynut squash and rice, with Blue Apron.

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Easy Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash and Rice

This time of year sure does get crazy busy and it seems to go by in a flash. It’s times like these, that I look to my friends at Blue Apron for a little help in the meal planning department.

Easy Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash and Rice

I love to cook and come up with new recipes, but with lists a mile long of other things to be done, some days I don’t have the brainpower for dinner creation too. Enter Blue Apron, the pre-portioned, ready to cook meal delivery service to make life easier. It sure is nice to have an easy-to-follow recipe, along with all of the ingredients for one of my favorite meals delivered straight to my front door.

Easy Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash and Rice

Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash & Rice
November 28, 2016 by Kim 10 Comments

Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash & Rice – a delicious spin on the Chinese-American takeout dish is packed with layers of flavor and texture.

Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash & Rice – a delicious spin on the Chinese-American takeout dish is packed with layers of flavor and texture.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week and you’re ready to grind on through the rest of the holiday festivities. This time of year sure does get crazy busy and it seems to go by in a flash. It’s times like these, that I look to my friends at Blue Apron for a little help in the meal planning department.

Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash & Rice – a delicious spin on the Chinese-American takeout dish is packed with layers of flavor and texture.

I love to cook and come up with new recipes, but with lists a mile long of other things to be done, some days I don’t have the brainpower for dinner creation too. Enter Blue Apron, the pre-portioned, ready to cook meal delivery service to make life easier. It sure is nice to have an easy-to-follow recipe, along with all of the ingredients for one of my favorite meals delivered straight to my front door.

Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash & Rice – a delicious spin on the Chinese-American takeout dish is packed with layers of flavor and texture.

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Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash & Rice – a delicious spin on the Chinese-American takeout dish is packed with layers of flavor and texture.

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Easy Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash and Rice

This is the perfect entrée to make when you’re craving takeout but want to stay in and make it a little healthier! This version packs all of the amazing sweet and savory orange flavor of the restaurant-style version, but with only a fraction of the calories and fat. The main key to lightening up this restaurant classic is that we simply sauté the chicken instead of fry it. I guarantee you won’t even miss the frying!

Easy Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash and Rice

I love everything about this meal, especially the added honeynut squash for a lovely seasonal twist. I think you guys are going to LOVE this fake-out takeout dish too. It’s:

Extremely flavorful
Perfectly spiced
Not too sweet
Satisfying
Comforting
& Dang delicious

Very tasty, very citrusy, very good! If you’re a fan of orange chicken, give this recipe a try. It does not disappoint!

Easy Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash and RiceEasy Orange Chicken with Honeynut Squash and Rice

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Easily try this delicious spin on the Chinese-American takeout dish, orange chicken served with honeynut squash and rice, with Blue Apron.
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Chines-American
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • ¾ Cup Basmati Rice
  • 3 Stalks Celery, sliced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Scallion, thinly sliced at an angle
  • 1 Honeynut Squash, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Marmalade
  • 1 Tablespoon Sambal Oelek (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add half the garlic and half the white bottom of the scallion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1½ cups of water; heat to boiling on high, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 14 to 16 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork.
  2. While the rice cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the squash; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 7 minutes, or until softened. Add half the soy sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until well coated. Transfer to a plate; season with salt and pepper to taste. Wipe out the pan.
  3. While the rice continues to cook, in the same pan, heat half the sesame oil on medium-high until hot. Add the celery and remaining garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened. Add ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 4 minutes, or until cooked off. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.
  4. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season both sides with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chicken; cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until lightly browned. Add the marmalade, remaining white bottom of the scallion, remaining soy sauce and sesame oil, ¼ cup of water and as much of the sambal oelek as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Add the cooked celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the cooked squash to the pot of cooked rice; stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving dish. Season the orange chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to the serving dish of finished rice. Garnish with the green top of the scallion. Enjoy!

 

Kim Lee

Kim Lee

Kim is a freelance recipe developer, writer, and the author behind the healthy living blog, Kim’s Cravings. Kim has a passion for sharing nutritious delicious recipes and showing others that eating right can be easy and tasty.

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