Killer Chicken!

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s – Mandarin Chicken:

From author Karen Doctor – a great recipe.



2 tsp. sesame oil
1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
2 (11 oz.) cans mandarin oranges, drained
1 red bell pepper
1 T. prepared hoisin sauce
2 cups instant brown rice
¼ cup chopped green onions

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken and sauté 3 minutes, until golden.  Add salt and black pepper and stir to coat chicken.  Add mandarin slices, bell pepper and hoisin sauce and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked through, sauce is thick and oranges have broken down.  Meanwhile, bring 2¼ cups of water to boil in medium saucepan.  Add rice, reduce heat to low, cover and cook 10 minutes, until liquid is absorbed.  Remove chicken mixture from heat and stir in green onions.  Serve over rice.

I read the above recipe – Karen is one of my favorite Tweeps – and I had to try it.  I changed it up a little because that’s what you can do with recipes – personalize them.  But this recipe is the perfect starting point.

Those of you who know my dog, Jake, know he won’t eat anything.  In order to get him to eat, I have to stick my face in his food bowl and pretend to eat with him.  The one good thing is I never have to worry about him taking food from strangers.

In Jake’s world, food is the enemy.  He reminds me of my Aunt Jean.

He doesn’t like treats.

He won’t chew on bones.

He hates almost all dog food– and don’t tell me to just leave his dog food sitting there until he caves because I tried that and he fasted for five days– until I caved.

He thinks people food is disgusting.  Our other dogs loved people food, especially pizza.  As far as Jake is concerned, pizza is an abomination.

But… I made the above recipe, left out the bell peppers, subbed a few other veggies, 4 chicken breasts and some Thai sweet chili sauce and my dog began to salivate.  Saliva was literally dripping out of his mouth and onto the floor.  That’s never happened before.  Ever.  Jake usually avoids the kitchen when I’m cooking.  I think he hates cooking smells.

I gave him a plate of the Mandarin Chicken just to see what would happen.  Jake inhaled his portion and begged for more.  Our jaws hit the floor.  He even licked out the empty pot before I washed it, and that’s a first.

If my dog likes this dish, you know it’s wicked good.  Sorry I don’t have photos of the preparation and finished product.  I always forget and then the moment has passed…


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18 Responses to Killer Chicken!

  1. Tom Stronach says:

    Sounds tasty, may give tho one a try, mind you I did chicken with grilled orange slices with brown sugar topping and chicken last week, so very similar.

    Now you’re going to have to cook this for jake every week now I have a picture in my minds eye of him sitting at the head of the table with hubby banging their cutlery on the table, demanding; more, more …….

  2. Amber Skyze says:

    I planned to make chicken tonight, but didn’t know what kind. Now I have a recipe. :)

    Looks like you’ll be making it often now. lol

  3. Penelope says:

    The “Jake Seal Of Approval”…….nothing better!

  4. anny cook says:

    What is hoisan sauce? Is it hot? Can’t do spicy so could you recommend a substitute? And have to do turkey instead of chicken…

  5. Ohh this sounds yummy..Always up for trying something new…

  6. No, Anny, it’s more savory. Not hot. That’s why I added some Thai chili sauce. I’m sure turkey would be good.

  7. It is really good, Savannah!

  8. He does need his own seal of approval, Penny. I’ve never seen him react like that to food.

  9. It’s a super simple recipe, Amber, and I just tossed in a few more veggies.

  10. Yes, Tom, you’re right. That’s exactly what the two of them would do if I allowed it. Hubby loves Asian food and apparently Jake likes Chinese. He does not like curry of any sort, nor Thai. But Chinese… all over that!

  11. Delilah Hunt says:

    I love that picture of the chicken! Jake sounds like my son Brent. I can count on my fingers all the things he eats. He screams and cries if hubby and I try to get him to just taste something new. Everything is disgusting for him, even though he has no idea what it tastes like. So I really have to wonder if maybe that recipe will work some magic on him too.

  12. Oh my gosh, I’m still laughing at the picture. I printed this off and was going to make it, but I’d see that chick with every bite.

  13. The story about your son makes me laugh, Delilah. My son was so finicky I had to chase him around with food in my hand. He was too busy to eat! My youngest ate very few things as well. Now all three are great cooks!

  14. I know, he’s so cute Stephanie! I want chickens so bad!

  15. I will eat that.

    And you find the best pictures!

  16. Great recipe, Julia!
    I fixed it for potluck with a group of friends last night, and it earned 5 Stars. Even for the vegetarian–we kept some of the trimmings separate and she used them with her tofu–that made it unanimous!

  17. Oh, I’m so glad to hear this! We love the recipe, Marilyn and you can change it up and still get great flavor.