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Paleo Orange Chicken

By admin | In Events and Announcements, Recipes | on April 3, 2012

Amy's Orange Chicken

This recipe was sent to me by Amy who, like me, was skeptical about how close this recipe could possibly come to real orange chicken. However, we were both floored by the taste and simplicity of it. You can make it in bulk as well in the beginning of the week.   The original recipe is from Health-Bent.Com.


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 3 T fat (coconut oil works well here)
  • juice of 2 oranges*
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 t fresh ginger
  • 3 T coconut aminos or wheat-free soy sauce
  • 1 t chili garlic sauce or sriracha (read the labels first)
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Click the link to Health-Bent for detailed directions.  If the link doesn’t work, you can also find the recipe here.

I tried this recipe but was lacking a few ingredients so I slightly modified it:

  • 1lb bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • juice of 4 tangerines + zest
  • 1t red peper flakes
  • 3 candlenuts (balinese ingredient)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 T coconut aminos

I first blanched the chicken for 3-4 minutes, then finished them by browning them in the oil in a cast iron skillet.  While the chicken was cooking, I used a mortar and pestle to grind the zest, pepper flakes, candlenuts, and garlic into a paste.  Adding the juice and coconut aminos to the paste, I reduced it until thick in a small saucepan.  Pour over chicken when done.

Double congrats to Keron and Date Nite! Happy birthday to Keron and happy birth day to Maya Grace, born Sunday evening. The whole family is doing well and would like to thank everyone for their support and well wishes!

WOD 04.03.12

Clean 3-3-3

5 Burpees
5 Power Cleans
5 Front Squats
25 Double Unders
(jump over barbell in between burpee reps)

12 Comments to "Paleo Orange Chicken"

  • Jason says:

    April 3, 2012 at 7:15 AM -

    Congratulations Date Night & Keron! What a beautiful name for what I am sure is a beautiful and no doubt strong girl. @Matt, you will have to get a male dog soon so you can even out the odds and have at least someone in the house that will be listening to you 😉

  • Brady says:

    April 3, 2012 at 8:52 AM -

    Woohoo! Congrats you two!

  • troy says:

    April 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM -

    Congrats Date Night and Keron!

    @ Jason. So when you moving back?

  • Jason says:

    April 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM -

    I am still getting unpacked, Troy! HAHAHA.

    Finally worked out at a YMCA on a free 5 day membership. Press 3 x 135 and then Diane with 245#. Needless to say, I miss Intrepid and I got out of shape in 2 weeks.

    Longwood Crossfit is opening in a week or so.

  • Anna says:

    April 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM -

    Congratulations date night family!!

  • Holley says:

    April 3, 2012 at 5:01 PM -

    Congrats Matt, Keron and Karma! I’m so glad to hear everyone is doing well and look forward to meeting Maya! How exciting that Karma is a big sister now!

  • Xuan says:

    April 3, 2012 at 6:02 PM -

    Congrats to the entire family!!!

  • Xuan says:

    April 3, 2012 at 6:04 PM -

    @Jason….reach out to anyone in the gym that you have contact info for and send me your email address! Sorry I missed you before you guys took off, but hope all is well.

  • Datenight says:

    April 3, 2012 at 10:18 PM -

    Thanks for all the good vibes! We are excited to have Maya home. I look forward to her meeting the CFI family.

  • Josh says:

    April 3, 2012 at 10:19 PM -

    Congrats guys! Let the sleep deprivation games begin, again!

  • Stephanie says:

    April 4, 2012 at 12:24 AM -

    Congrats Datenite, Keron & Karma! So when will Maya be ready for her first WOD? :)

  • M^2 says:

    April 4, 2012 at 7:54 AM -

    Congratulations, Matt & Keron!!

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