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Orange Chicken that is better than take out!! This is now a staple!

I am back!!  I have been watching blogs and working and just learning from the expert cooking blogger’s, as they are amazing!  In that time , I have perfected (in my humble opinion) some new favorites.  Orange Chicken is one of them!   I Usually bake 4 chicken breasts and plan several meals around them.  This time I marinated the chicken breasts in 2 tablespoons of whole mustard, 2 tablespoons of honey a teaspoon of rice wine vinegar and a teasppon of Worcestershire sauce, in a gallon size plastic bag, over-night.   Did I mention yet that I LOVE my rice cooker!  Perfect every time!

I found this recipe first on The sauce is amazing!!!  I follow the sauce recipe to the tee.   I slice up some chicken from my earlier baked chicken stash, and add to the sauce after the sauce is simmering on a very low temp and the rice is cooking in that special rice cooker 🙂   The chicken will warm in the sauce and when  the rice is ready, just scoop some chicken and sauce over your perfectly cooked rice and sprinkle with sliced green onions!!  PERFECT!!  I am very happy!  I have an allergy to  eggs and I say “why does anyone add them?”   This is a keeper!  Enjoy!

Orange Chicken


August 14, 2010 Posted by | Asian, Chicken, Egg Free, recipes, Sauce's & Salsa's | , , | Leave a comment

Ever ordered the “China Coast Chicken Salad” from the Islands?

This Chinese Chicken Salad  is my version of  The Islands Restaurant ” China Coast Chicken Salad”   My favorite on the menu! The dressing is egg free.

I am constantly searching for my favorite recipes on the Internet to make at home.  If  I can not find one I study the dish and read a ton of recipes until I figure out the ingredients (or get close).  I have merged a couple of recipes to come up with this salad which is my all time favorite!

Chinese Chicken Salad with Mandrin Oranges

Chinese Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges

I searched the Internet and came up with several salad mixtures with crunchy cabbage and other veggies but there was not one that had it the way I like it at The Islands Restaurant.   I came up with this list:

For the Chinese Salad

1/2 Head Cabbage
1/2 Head Iceberg  Lettuce
3-4 chopped Green Onions including most of the green tops
1 cucumber peeled and chopped
3 Stalks of Celery chopped
1 Large Carrot shredder or chopped
1 Can Sliced Water Chestnuts
1 15oz Can of Mandarin Oranges, drained
1 Package of Ramen Noodles

Shredded  Chicken
Cooked  (You can use a Rotisserie Chicken from the market)

I chopped and sliced all of the above ingredients and put in large bowl to refrigerate while I make the dressing.

Chinese Chicken Salad with Dressing

Chinese Chicken Salad with Dressing

The Dressing I wanted to taste like the  “China Coast” salad at the Islands so I found here at this Web Blog

I had to modify the recipe to make it “Egg Free”.  You can make it the way it is posted on the web site( Click the link above)   Here is the way I adapted the recipe to be egg free and also what I had in the fridge!

Like the China Coast Dressing but Egg Free

1/3 Cup Yogurt
1/4 cup Marie’s Honey Mustard Dressing (in the produce section)
4 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
2 Tbsp Sesame oil
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1/4 Garlic Powder
Whisk the above ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate for about an hour.   Break the Ramen noodles into small pieces and place on foil sheet in the oven at 350 for about 5 minutes (keep an I on them) to brown  a little (helps make them crunchy) and assemble the salad.  I keep the salad separate from the chicken, and the noodles and dressing in their containers to keep everything fresh and not soggy.

July 13, 2009 Posted by | Asian, Chicken, Egg Free, recipes, Salad | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment