I’m not gonna lie — sometimes I walk by the food court and smell the orange chicken and drool a little! I haven’t had it in years and probably will never have it again but it does give me all the good feels that I used to feel when I indulged on that type of fast food.
It occurred to me that I could just try and create an orange chicken recipe and get my fix! But in an attempt to make orange chicken one day, I realized I forgot to defrost the chicken! Ugh. I was craving it and I wasn’t going to just let it go ….so I opted to use cauliflower bites and just go with it. Did it give me all the feels of orange chicken? Nope, of course not! It’s cauliflower — but it was a good little side dish and I was ‘ok’ with the modification …..for now! I will be back in the kitchen, with defrosted chicken and giving it a-go again!
I think side dishes are often the same ol’ and we just change up how we make the protein but here’s a way to quickly grill up some simply seasoned meat and use this cauliflower dish to change up the flavors on your plate. It’s bright and will pair perfectly with summer BBQ grilling! Or it would be great way to use up some leftover chicken & make it a meal but just tossing it in and done …..an easy lunch the next day. I will definitely be making this side dish often but be on the look out for an orange chicken recipe because as good as these orange cauliflower bites are, I’m still craving that crunchy orange chicken!!
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 tbsp ghee
- salt & garlic pepper
- 2 small oranges, juiced or 3/4 orange juice
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Toss cauliflower florets with melted ghee and a sprinkle of garlic powder and salt. Place on baking sheet and cook 10 minutes.
- While cauliflower is in oven, whisk oranges, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, honey, coconut aminos, arrowroot, cayenne pepper and ginger.
- Take florets out of oven. Reduce heat to 375 degrees.
- Place cauliflower into large bowl & toss with whisked egg and almond flour. Pour in orange mixture and combine.
- Lay cauliflower back onto baking sheet - leaving back most of the juice.
- Bake another 10 min, pour remaining juice onto cauliflower and back in oven another 5 minutes.