Three pounds of chicken, Four people, Leftovers – NONE. That kind of says it all. I adapted this recipe from Against All Grain. I had read another paleo blog recently that highlighted this recipe and so I pulled out my cookbook to check it out. Sure enough, I had it marked to try, but had never actually done so. This will certainly be in our rotation going forward. I changed things up a bit and clearly my version worked out very well. You make this in the slow cooker and I was short on time and so put it on medium instead of low. I DON’T recommend you do this with any old recipe unless you are willing to take the chance that your protein will get overcooked. Luckily, it was a worthwhile risk for this recipe as it was faster and the consistency of the chicken was not at all compromised. The original recipe called for 1/3 cup honey, but after I tasted the liquid, I didn’t think it needed it as the sweetness was perfect with just the juice from the oranges.
Orange Sesame Chicken – Adapted from Against All Grain
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Servings: Should be at least 6, but for my piggy family it was 4
- 3 lbs. of chicken thighs, well trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
- About 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (1 medium to large orange)
- 1/2 can of tomato paste (6 oz. can)
- 1 tbsp. minced ginger
- 1 tbsp. minced garlic or 1 tbsp. garlic infused olive oil
- 2 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 – 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
- 4 scallions diced (green part only)
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- Take out slow cooker and place chicken in the bottom of the cooker.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of arrowroot into the cooker to coat the chicken well, but not excessively. Add a few more tbsp. of arrowroot flour if chicken is not coated. (This is what will help the sauce to thicken.)
- In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and whisk well.
- Pour the liquid over the chicken, making sure that it is fully covered.
- Turn the slow cooker on medium for 2 hours.
- Check to see if chicken is cooked through – I needed to add 1 more hour. I just don’t want your to overcook your chicken.
- Serve immediately over basmati rice or cauliflower rice and top with additional sesame seeds.
This recipe does not have veggies in it. You certainly could add some red peppers, snap peas or broccoli. My kids have actually been eating green beans recently, so I steamed some up and added grassfed butter, salt and pepper and that was a great side.