Back in college, there was one place on campus that was CLUTCH for a tasty lunch between classes and practice. And that was the almighty Panda Express. I would always get a bowl with chow mein and either mandarin chicken or orange chicken…
Ingredients [ For 4 to 5 people ] [ Preparation time : 12 minute – Cooking time : 15 minutes ]
- 2 large chicken breasts, pounded to even level & chopped into 1-inch cube pieces
- salt & pepper
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (plus extra if needed to moisten chicken)
- 1 cup orange juice
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup coconut aminos
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot + 1 tablespoon cold water (combined)
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- Place a large saute pan over medium-high heat. In a small bowl combine almond meal, coconut flour, garlic powder, ginger, salt & pepper.
- Crack the egg in another small bowl and whisk until combined.
- Season the chicken pieces with a little salt and pepper then dip the chicken into the egg and completely coat.
- Shake off the extra egg and then roll into the breading mixture until fully coated and set aside onto a plate. Repeat until all chicken is coated.
- Depending on the size of your pan, you will probably have to cook the chicken in two rounds.
- Scoop 2 tablespoons of coconut oil into the pan. Once it melts, add in about half the chicken, or just enough to not overcrowd the pan.
- Cook pieces for about 3 minutes then flip them and cook another 3 minutes on the other side.
- Remove from the pan and set aside. Add some extra coconut oil to the pan if needed then the extra chicken and cook again until all of the chicken is cooked.
- In large sauté pan add in all of the sauce ingredients, except for the arrowroot.
- Over medium-high heat cook until it is brought to a boil. Once the sauce is boiling add in the arrowroot and water mixture and quickly stir until thickened.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Once the sauce is thick, toss the chicken in the sauce, making sure all of the pieces are covered. Serve with cauliflower rice.