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Asian Orange Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice


Try this delicious Asian Orange Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Rice for dinner.

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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil (not toasted)
  • 4 large bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 pounds total), skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • snipped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • finely shredded orange peel (optional)


Servings 1
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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart square baking dish with cooking spray. In a very large nonstick skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the hot oil; cook about 10 minutes, turning to brown evenly. Transfer the chicken to the prepared dish, arranging in a single layer. Drain and discard the drippings from the skillet.

In a small bowl whisk together the soy sauce, orange peel, orange juice, vinegar, brown sugar, crushed red pepper, cold water, and cornstarch; add to the skillet. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; pour the sauce over the chicken thighs in the dish.

Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until chicken is done (175 degrees F).

Meanwhile, place the cauliflower in a large food processor. Cover and pulse several times until the cauliflower is evenly chopped into rice-size pieces.

Wipe out the skillet and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat; add the cauliflower, salt, and pepper. Cook the cauliflower, stirring occasionally for 8 to 10 minutes, until you begin to see caramelized flecks throughout. If desired, sprinkle cauliflower with cilantro and orange peel and serve with chicken thighs.


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