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Don’t Want to Cook, Can’t Blow Your Diet


I love to cook, but every now and then the thought of getting in the kitchen and putting together something for dinner is daunting.

Because of this, I always have ingredients on hand for a few extremely easy meals.

The meal I am going to share with you today is a take on orange chicken. I have no clue what website this recipe came from. I remember that it was on my facebook feed on a day that cooking seemed like it could be the hardest thing to do on the planet. It only had four ingredients. I thought... this could be really awful, but if it’s really good, I need to know about it.

So I tried it.

It was good.

And it’s easy.

And it’s fast (faster if you have an Insta-pot).

Typically fast and easy means you’re giving up on healthy, but this meal isn’t too bad. The dish comes in at about 455 calories per serving using the brands of ingredients I bought (which includes ½ cup of cooked brown rice). Just watch the amount of sugar that is in the dressing you buy! That adds hollow calories.

I ended up adding six more ingredients, but you don’t really have to. I named it Asian Orange Chicken.

Original Recipe: Asian Orange Chicken

Serves 4  (½ the recipe for 2 people)

4 chicken breasts, diced into cubes

1 cup of Asian salad dressing

⅓ cup of orange marmalade/ apricot preserves

½ packet (1 oz) of onion soup mix

6 more ingredients:

1 package of Uncle Ben’s Brown Basmati Ready Rice

1 package of frozen organic broccoli florets

½ sliced red onion

Toppings: sesame seeds, sliced green onions, sriracha

Put the first four ingredients in the Crockpot or Insta-pot. Add salt and pepper. If you are using a Crockpot, set it for four hours on high if the chicken is frozen or two hours on high if chicken is fresh. If you are using an Insta-pot, set to pressure cook at 20 minutes for frozen, or 10 for fresh.

Add the frozen broccoli florets and ½ sliced onion during the last 30 minutes of cooking for the Crockpot. If you are using an Insta-pot, after the 10 or 20 minutes are up, release the steam, open the pot, add the broccoli and onions, and set your Insta-pot for another three minutes.

Microwave your rice, divide it into ½ cup portions, spoon chicken and broccoli mixture over the rice and top with sesame seeds, sliced green onions, and drizzle of sriracha, if desired.

That’s it! It’s a one pot, extremely easy meal for the nights that you don’t want to cook, but also can’t afford to blow your diet on take out!


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