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    Friday, March 03, 2006

    Diet Food:Chicken Poached in Orange with an Asian Twist

    I’m not one for sensible eating which is obvious from my size. I can’t bear the thought I would have to miss out on every fabulous bit of food this planet has to offer.
    Of course like everyone else I have been on most of the weight reducing programmes.
    My favourite which a couple of friends attempted was the wine and egg diet, it was very funny, 1 glass of wine and 1 egg at breakfast…2 of wine and 2 eggs at lunch…3 eggs and the rest of the wine at dinner...This was a 3 day programme. I don’t know who designed this diet or why they did but my friends thought it sounded fun. The outcome was a small loss of weight but a lot of hilarity was had during the day. Don’t think they did a further 3 days, that breakfast drink was too hard to handle. Of course in those days you ‘could’ drink and drive!!! And think of your poor liver!!!

    Anyhow enough rambling, this recipe off Food TV falls into sensible eating and is delicious to boot. The recipe called for chicken breasts but personally, I really like chicken thighs…so moist and tender.

    2 chicken breasts/thighs
    2 cups of chicken stock
    Juice of 2 oranges
    Zest of 1 orange
    3 star anise
    Fresh ginger finely sliced
    Salt & pepper

    Baby Bok Choy cut in quarter
    3 spring onions cut in half horizontally
    Snow peas cut in half

    Steamed rice to absorb all the beautiful juices.

    Bring the stock and orange juice to the boil add the ginger, zest and star anise place the chicken in and cover, turn heat down and simmer for about 10 minutes, take out a few ladlefuls of the juice into a pot and reduce down, put to one side in the covered pan while you fix the vege.

    Blanch the vege in boiling salted water for about 2 minutes drain.

    To plate
    First the rice, the chicken and the vege, then the sauce.

    This is really superb, talk about low cal!