The Feed Zone Cookbook Test Kitchen #4: Orange Chicken
During the height of my summer training, I continually craved orange chicken from a nearby fast food joint. So after thumbing through the recipes, the orange chicken became a logical first choice. Being able to make one of my favorite training dishes out of my own kitchen would be phenomenal.
I’m not overly skilled in the kitchen, so it was comforting seeing that only minimal ingredients were required and I had actually heard of each. I used jasmine rice rather than calrose and cooked the chicken as recommended in the “cooked & ready” section. Due to the extended prep time for the meat, it took about 45 minutes to prepare the meal. Had the chicken been pre-cooked, it would have been 20 minutes, max.
As with training, I generally don’t deviate much from the plan and followed the recipe line by line only omitting the chili sauce by personal preference (as well as forgetting to pick some up at the store). However, it was not missed and the simple yet delicious dressing pulled the entire meal together. I don’t think there would be any harm in doubling the dressing as the amount in the recipe seemed suitable for a single serving.
I think the leftover chicken and rice will be perfect for whipping together the Honey Ginger Chicken Wraps for lunch. One thing I noticed right away is that many of the recipes use common ingredients which saves trips to the store, waste from leftovers, and time in preparing.
In the kitchen: With a busy work and training schedule, I find little time to prepare meals and most often resort to fueling myself with fast food after evening workouts. Although I like to experiment in the kitchen, I generally look for quick and easy recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.
How I fuel: I’m a snacker eating small amounts multiple times a day with what’s available in the vending machine with little regard to nutrition. Perhaps the reason I’m always running low on energy.