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…