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Recipe: Paleo-Friendly Chinese Flavors

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

If there's one thing in life that can make me throw my Paleo lifestyle right out the window without even thinking, it's Chinese food. I think part of it is because a lot of the time, this cuisine presents itself either in buffet or delivery form, and honestly, who can say no to that? But, if there's one thing in life that can make me gain four pounds overnight and wake up with a wicked headache, it's also Chinese food. Too much hidden sugar, too much soy sauce, too many noodles.

What's a girl to do?

Sometimes, you just have to work with what you've got. And if you're lucky, you've got ginger.

This recipe is so good that when you're done, you'll probably cut up another orange to soak up anything left in the pan. 

Don't believe me?

Let's just get to it, then.

Ginger-Orange Chicken
served with Garlic-Sesame Asparagus

for the chicken
1 package chicken breasts
2 juicy oranges
1 clove garlic
salt, pepper
ginger root
for the asparagus
1 bunch asparagus
2-3 teaspoons sesame oil
2-3 cloves garlic
sesame seeds

Make the chicken
1. In a bowl, pour the juice of one orange over chicken breasts. Season with salt, pepper, and grated ginger. Let it marinade for as little or as long as you'd like. (I did this on a whim the first time, so they only marinated long enough for me to heat up the pan.)
2. Place the marinated chicken breasts in a hot pan. Pour contents of the bowl over them. Grate a little more fresh ginger and let it simmer in the sauce.

This is the moment when I knew I was doing something right.

3. Once the chicken has cooked, squeeze half of another orange over them and stir around.
4. Take the chicken out and cut into strips. Throw them back in the pan to ensure that all sides of the chicken are coated with sauce. Plate them, garnish with a slice of orange, and serve with garlic-sesame asparagus.

Make the asparagus
1. Clean asparagus and cut them into three sections (so you can use chopsticks!)
2. Saute in another pan with sesame oil and garlic. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Now put that delivery menu down, man.


  1. This looks absolutely amazing. I love Chinese but you never know what's really in that take-out box. Being able to control what you are putting in your body and not have to worry about flavor is one of the many things I love about cooking

  2. yum yum yum.

    i also made a recipe with melissa for indian food. that is a big one.

    but no naan?? ahhhh

  3. soooooo delicious!!!! chinese food is my weakness too. damn fluffy white rice and battered chicken!


  4. Chinese food is so cheap and easy and delicious it makes it SO hard for us to resist! I'm going to try this recipe soon ~ it absolutely looks just as satisfying! xoxo, eliza

  5. Wow that looks delicious and a much healthier option! thanks for sharing!

  6. I am 100% honest when I say, I could eat at least 15 crab rangoons without even noticing. It's my biggest weakness. I am not really a fan of eating one thing over and over in binge-form, but omg invent paleo crab rangoon.

  7. yumm. this sounds and looks incredible! definitely want to try it asap!

    Im following :) x

  8. this post is so spot on. Chinese food is so hard to resist!! this looks SOOOO GOOOOOOOD, meg!!

  9. Definitely going to have to try that chicken; it looks super delish! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I have been obsessed with cooking chinese food lately and I am so happy that I have everything I need to cook the chicken - going to have to improvise the veggies, but I can make the chicken!
    Pinning this one :)

  11. i can have chinese food any day of the week but you're so right, i always feel like crap afterwards. this looks yummmmmy!

  12. Amazing, I'm making that tonight... my husband'll be thrilled :)

  13. oh my gosh, Megan. This looks so (so!) good. I like anything that involves ginger or asparagus so I'd love this. I'm going to make it a point to actually try it, not just pin it.

  14. Just made this for dinner tonight...delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  15. Made this for dinner tonight and it was sooooo yummy!!! Please keep the wonderful Paleo recipes coming!:)

  16. Made this for dinner tonight and it was soooooo yummy! Thanks so much for such a great recipe and please keep them coming!:)


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