One Pot Meal: Lighter Sweet and Sour Chicken and Broccoli

One Pot Meal: Lighter Sweet and Sour Chicken and Broccoli \\ Sarcastic Cooking

Soooo… I’m late. Not in that way! I was supposed to do a post for Meatless Monday on Monday. Then I thought I could get away with posting that on Tuesday and just be all like, oops! But, then Tuesday came and went and here we are at Wednesday.

Let me at least tell you what I was doing while I was neglecting you all.

After I crashed from my Cadbury induced sugar rush, I made a beeline headfirst into an Easter brunch food coma. Once the haze cleared and I got my bearings back, I realized I had made a promise to take Weezer to my six-year-old niece’s show and tell at school Monday morning. So, in lieu of starting to work on a blog post after putting Andy to sleep, I did as most moms of an infant do, and opted to get sleep so I could function the next day. Sorry.

I took Weezer to Kate’s kindergarten class. It is amazing that pets can come for a  little show and tell but there are signs posted everywhere about the room being a peanut and tree nut free zone. Really?

Lighter Sweet and Sour Chicken and Broccoli with Brown Rice \\ Sarcastic Cooking

Anyway, I felt like “Stayin’ Alive” should have been playing as Weezer strutted through the hallways of the school, stopping to take in only compliments and pats on the head. He is such a BS’er. Little do they know how he runs out the back door, rolls in fertilizer, or barks as soon as Andy falls asleep.

Sorry Weezer. I had to let everybody know what kind of dog you really are.

Kate proudly showed off her bowtie clad fur-cousin to her class. She told them how he likes to run and chase squirrels and eat treats. Kids even asked questions about him. It was the cutest thing I have ever seen.

After Weezer’s big day out, we spent the rest of the day playing outside at my sister-in-law’s house. It was fun to see all the cousins interact with Andy. It also made me happy that I skipped out on you guys so I could spend time with the fam.

I only have one set of cousins who happen to live in another state. They have always lived in another state. Growing up, it was always so much fun when they would come and visit. Some of my best memories are of times we have all spent together so of course I want that for Andy. Lucky for him his cousins are all just a short drive away.

Lighter Sweet and Sour Chicken and Broccoli \\ Sarcastic Cooking

When I got back from cousin-a-palooza, of course Andy wouldn’t nap and then it was go, go, go until bath and bed time. So, for another night you guys got pushed to the side. To be fair, I literally flopped into my bed and passed out at 8:45pm. No energy for blogging, but a whole day’s worth of sunshine and smiles!

But, I’m back now! I just downed a giant coffee and whipped up this blog post and have the easiest lighter version of a take-out fave. This would have been the perfect meal to make the other night when I was exhausted but luckily I had a ton of leftovers from Easter. This one pot wonder has saved me on several nights when I need to come up with something that requires little work because Andy starts screaming every time I try to sit down with him. How do they know when you are sitting?

Anyway, enjoy this easy dish!

One Pot Meal: Lighter Sweet and Sour Chicken and Broccoli

An easy, gluten-free riff on a take-out classic. Cooked in one pot in under thirty minutes!

Yields: Serves 4

  • 6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil/ Canola Oil
  • 1 Cup Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • ½ Cup Brown Basmati Rice
  • 3 Cups Chopped Broccoli Florets
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ Teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Chile Garlic Sauce
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • Juice of ½ an Orange
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Agave/Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • Juice ½ Lemon
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Black Pepper
  1. Cut the chicken thighs into bite sized pieces.
  2. Add the oil to a large skillet. Heat over moderate heat. Season chicken with a little salt and pepper on both sides. Add chicken to hot pan and cook for about five minutes on each side. Once golden on each side, remove chicken and add to a plate off to the side.
  3. Add in the rice and stir it around to toast it for a minute or two. Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. After seven minutes, add the chicken and broccoli. Cover with a lid and cook for ten more minutes.
  4. While the chicken finishes cooking and the broccoli steams, make the sauce. Add all of the sauce ingredients to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Once the rice is tender, add in the sauce and fluff everything together with a fork. Serve right out of the dish.
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
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