Stir fries are one of my favourite meal ideas because they are so, so easy to make and taste amazing. This week I am sharing my recipe for Orange Ginger Chicken Stir Fry. I made this recipe for the first time a couple weeks ago and let me just say that it didn't last long at all. Erik and I inhaled it! I should have made a double batch. Live and learn right?
So as you guys know, my day job is being a rheumatologist. And I wanted to talk about a couple experiences I had this week because both times I was totally surprised.
Since I am fairly new to my practice (I just started in November) I am still seeing a lot of new patients. And two of my new patients told me the same thing the other day. They both said "don't be mad at me but I started seeing a naturopath and am now on a bunch of supplements and am getting some additional testing done." My response in cases like this is always the same: "oh that's great." And in both situations my patients responded "oh I'm so glad you aren't mad. My last doctor told me that if I did something like that they would stop seeing me."
What?? Seriously?? They would stop seeing you if you worked with a naturopath or an alternative medical practitioner? That breaks my heart.
I truly believe that in order to heal you need to do whatever is best for you. And most people need a team to help them do that. A team that often involves physicians, naturopaths, psychologists, massage therapists, exercise specialists etc. We each have our own areas of expertise. I would never pretend to know the same things as a naturopath or Chinese medicine practitioner or any other type of practitioner. Never.
I always encourage my patients to do what they feel is best for themselves. Always. No questions asked. Can I guarantee that all of what they want to try is going to help? Absolutely not. But the mind is a powerful thing, so if you believe that something is helping you, it probably is. I wish that all of my colleagues felt the same way but the longer I am in practice the more I realize that just isn't the case. It's so sad. I think we should all have the same goal: to help our patients get better, no matter what form of treatment that takes.
Initially I was going to call this teriyaki chicken stir fry. But both Erik and I decided that didn't describe this dish properly. The hints of citrus and ginger were just too strong to call this teriyaki. So the name Orange Ginger Chicken Stir Fry was born. And it is addicting. Super addicting. I personally love anything that comes with sauce. Sauce just makes everything taste so much better doesn't it? And there are so many vegetables in this dish that absorb all that saucy deliciousness. The broccoli in particular is my favourite.
This Orange Ginger Chicken Stir Fry is safe for the paleo diet, AIP diet, and gluten free diets. And it doesn't contain any un-natural sweeteners or refined ingredients. Like always, it is totally healthy and is only made with real, nourishing ingredients. And as an added bonus it is really easy to make. Because I don't want you slaving away in the kitchen to make dinner. I know you have better things to do with your time (trust me, so do I).
I hope you enjoy this one!
Until next time, happy eating friends!
Orange Ginger Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
3 TBSP coconut oil (This brand is my favourite)
3 chicken breasts, cut into bit sized pieces
1 small head of broccoli, chopped
3 carrot sticks, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion or 1/2 white onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
2 bell peppers (I used a red and and orange), chopped
2-3 handfuls of bean sprouts (omit if following the paleo or AIP diets)
3/4 batch of my Paleo Orange Ginger Sauce (or more if you like extra sauce) (see the recipe below)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Place a large frying pan on the stove on medium heat
2. Add the coconut oil and allow to melt
3. Add the chicken and cook for ~10 minutes (until cooked on all sides and starting to brown)
4. Add the sauce and the salt to the pan
5. Add the green/ white onion, broccoli and carrots and stir well to combine
6. Cook for 7-8 minutes
7. Add the celery and peppers and stir well to combine
8. Cook for another 7-8 minutes
9. Add the bean sprouts and stir well to combine
10. Cook for another 2-3 minutes
11. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy
NOTES: This goes well with cauliflower rice or white rice (if not following the paleo diet)
Orange Ginger Sauce Recipe
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup Coconut Aminos (buy here)
4 TBSP honey
1 TBSP ground ginger (this brand is my favourite)
1 tsp ground tumeric (this is the kind I use)
3/4 chopped green onion
1. Place all the ingredients into your high speed blender or food processor
2. Blend until smooth
3. Serve and enjoy!