Matchmakers Mandarin Orange Chicken is a quick and easy healthy Chinese stir fry bursting with oranges and spicy Sichuan peppers in a golden sauce.
Why you are going to love our Matchmakers Mandarin Orange Chicken
Instead of the usual deep fried coronary artery screaming chicken, our Mandarin Orange Chicken is marinated in delicious spices, quickly stir fried with aromatics and a simple light sauce. You can make this in about 15 minutes and that includes a side of rice or cauliflower rice. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and is relatively low carb with 6 net carbs per serving. However, the reason you are going to want to try this is your significant other is going to love it and it is a perfect romantic dinner.
So how do people find their perfect soul mate?
Sometimes you can meet that perfect soul mate at a party, a social function, blind date, on-line dating or maybe you should just hurl an orange at their head. Yes, you heard me correctly! Throwing oranges written with love messages written on them is an old tradition celebrated at the end of the Chinese New Year.
Chap Goh Mei is known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day
CHAP Goh Mei, which is Hokkien for “15th night”, symbolizes the end of the Chinese New Year.
According to legend, Chap Goh Mei was the only day that young hot women were allowed to get all dressed up and head out to the streets, unescorted. Of course, all the young hot single men wanted to take a part in this action so they headed to the streets to take get a better look at all of the single potential marriage prospects.
On this special day, the single ladies would throw oranges into the lakes. The belief was that the man who picked up their orange would be their future match. In Malaysia, this tradition has survived till present times.
In celebration of this fun tradition lets throw some love inscribed oranges and make a little Chap Goh Matchmakers Mandarin Orange Chicken.
Once you have found your perfect soul mate, you want them to be happy and healthy and that is why my heart happy version of orange flavored chicken is unique. Unlike the usual deep-fried, coronary artery screaming version, of this dish this one is light, flavorful and uses herbs and spices instead of fat to flavor this dish.
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Matchmakers Mandarin Orange Chicken
- 1 pound chicken breast or tenderloins boneless and skinless sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon stevia or sweetener of choice
- 1 tablespoon shao xing wine
or a dry sherry - optional
- ⅛ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 green onion
- ½ teaspoon sichuan peppers
dried and crushed with a mortar and pestle
- 1 tablespoon shao xing wine or dry sherry - optional
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
or tamari for gluten-free
- 1 teaspoon spicy black bean sauce
- 2 teaspoon mandarin orange zest
or orange zest
- 6 tablespoon mandarin orange juice
or orange juice
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoon oil
- 1-2 dried chili peppers optional
- Slices of mandarin oranges optional
- cooked rice as desired - optional
- In a baggie combine the chicken cubes with the cornstarch, wine, ginger, garlic, Sweetener of choice, and white pepper. Mix thoroughly and let marinade in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
- Combine and mix the sauce ingredients; green onion, dried Sichuan peppercorns, wine, soy sauce, hot black bean sauce, mandarin orange zest, cornstarch and juices of mandarin oranges in a bowl and set aside.
- Add oil and crushed dried Sichuan peppercorns and quickly stir fry until aromatic about 1 minute or until your eyes water....
- Add the marinated chicken and quickly stir fry for about 2-3 minutes until chicken is no longer pick and the juices run clear.
- Add the sauce to the chicken and quickly stir fry until the sauce is thick and bubbly. Remove the whole dried chilies.
- Garnish the Mandarin orange chicken with mandarin oranges and serve with a side of rice and stir fried vegetables.