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Orange Chicken

16 Oct

I think I’m getting old. My kids are famous for not sleeping through the night until I force them to at about 10-11 months – I’ve survived three of these. So how come I am withering away to a state of mental nothingness at only 4 months? Granted, the last few nights my little man has been up way more than usual, but still…I should be able to suck it up. I should be able to function. I should not have these giant holes in my face where my eyes used to be and I really shouldn’t be this crabby. I am forever grateful to the person who decided that makeup wasn’t just for prostitutes and for kids who don’t mind having a down day here and there. And for recipes that can fulfill that Chinese take-out craving without having to actually go out. I may be grateful for the makeup, but I don’t always want to bother putting it on. 🙂

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Ingredients:

Chicken (Homemade Chicken Nuggets):

4 chicken breast halves

1 beaten egg + 1 Tbsp water

1 1/2 cups flour

Sauce:

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cornstarch

Cut chicken into bite size pieces. Coat in egg wash. Put flour in a zip lock bag and season with salt and pepper or season-all salt to taste. Put chicken pieces in bag of flour and shake until coated. Fry chicken pieces in vegetable oil until cooked through and light brown. Combine last 6 ingredients in medium saucepan and simmer 1 minute until thickened. Place chicken in a shallow baking pan and pour sauce over pieces. Bake at 350^F for 45 min, stirring the chicken to coat occasionally. Serve over rice.

*I like mine more saucy, so I typically double the sauce

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

14 Oct

I tried to make homemade gummy worms this weekend. Jello + straws = fun activity with the kids, right? Ha – turns out, not so much. Jello requires boiling water which they can’t help with. Waiting for it to cool – kids are terrible at waiting. Then, pouring Jello mixture into a strategically stacked tower of straws without spilling…also not something I really want them helping with (anything red is cursed and in the hands of a little person it will spill, guaranteed). Jello has to set – back to the waiting bit. Then, trying to squeeze the worms out of the straws…let’s just say that I did three and had to stop because my hands hurt from the effort it took. And I used 100 straws. I couldn’t justify wasting all the effort I’d already put into these worms, but I also couldn’t fathom extracting 97 more little gelatin tubers. My husband took pity on me and threw them in the trash so that I didn’t have to. In the end, homemade worms = bad idea.

However! Homemade chicken nuggets = good idea! No mystery meat in these babies, no jello, and no straws. Win.

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Ingredients:

4 chicken breast halves

1 beaten egg + 1 Tbsp water

1 1/2 cups flour

salt/pepper or Lawry’s seasoning salt to taste

Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Coat in egg wash. Put flour in a gallon sized ziplock back and season with salt/pepper or Lawry’s. Put chicken pieces in the bag of flour and shake until coated (this may need to be done in multiple smaller batches as opposed to putting all of the chicken in at once – enables better coating). Fry chicken pieces in vegetable oil until light brown and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel to absorb excess grease.