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Orange Chicken and Barley

  • 5 m
  • 45 m
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Fresh mint and citrus flavors pair perfectly in this quick dish.”

Ingredients

    • 3 large Cara Cara or navel oranges
    • 1½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • ¾ cup quick-cooking barley
    • 2 cups fresh snow pea pods, trimmed and thinly bias-sliced
    • 2 tablespoons canola oil
    • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint
    • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size strips
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

Directions

  • 1 Remove 1 teaspoon zest from an orange. Peel and section oranges over a bowl to catch juices; reserve 2 tablespoons juice.
  • 2 In a large saucepan bring broth to boiling; stir in barley. Simmer, covered, 10 to 12 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Stir in pea pods. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes; drain if necessary. Stir in the next three ingredients (through mustard), ¼ teaspoon of the salt and ⅛ teaspoon of the pepper. Stir in orange sections and the reserved orange juice.
  • 3 Sprinkle chicken with the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir until no longer pink. Remove from skillet. Add mushrooms to skillet; cook 5 minutes or until tender and beginning to brown, stirring occasionally.
  • 4 To serve, stir chicken and mushrooms into barley mixture. Sprinkle servings with orange zest.
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