Stupid Easy Orange Chicken

I’ve discovered an amazing recipe for sweet and sour chicken and it’s always a hit when I make it. The only down side is that it takes FOREVER to make, so I have to save it for days with no after school activities. Whenever my kids stay with my parents, they rave about Nana’s orange chicken. She gets a kit to make it, which is kind of a cheat to me, so I had to find something different!

Stupid easy orange chicken

Most of my dishes end up looking messy, but this was a big hit.

To make this stupid easy orange chicken, you need four things:

1) chicken (obviously)

2) sweet orange marmalade (I used Smuckers 13oz)

3) barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet and Spicy 18oz)

4) soy sauce (I use Kikoman)

Start by cubing your chicken and cooking it in a frying pan. Once its cooked, dump in the whole bottle of barbecue sauce, the marmalade, and 4Tbsp of soy sauce. Stir until it’s all mixed together and let it simmer while you make rice.

Serve over rice and enjoy! My kids loved this. This is actually my second time testing this out, and I can tell you I’m not an orange chicken fan. I’ll deal with it a time or two every month though because the kids love it and it’s easy to make. Can we say #momlife ??

Longaberger Flameware

Longaberger Flameware

We can call this a product plug, or we can call this my review of a product. I prefer to call it the latter. I’ve been in love with Longaberger products since I was around 8 years old. I got my first basket as payment for babysitting for a Longaberger consultant. I still have it and use it to hold my daughter’s hair-ties. Their products are sturdy and long lasting. They are a little pricey, until you realize that you will have these baskets, or other products, FOREVER! I’ve only had to have one basket repaired and that was a result of a puppy attack……
September 2012, Longaberger released their Flameware line. I hadn’t heard that much about ceramic cookware, but I’ve done some research on it since the release. Ceramic cookware is the wave of the future. Your average metal cookware, such as Pampered Chef (which I own a set of) or your average Wal-Mart pans, over time will break down and metal will leech into your food.
Normally I don’t follow these health worries. I’m more of the, if I don’t think about it, it’s less likely to happen! Silly and childish, but I can deal with it!
Price-wise, Longaberger Flameware, their ceramic cookware, is competitively priced, especially considering standard Longaberger quality. Before these products became available for sale, they offered the 11 1/2″ skillet as a sales incentive. I was very happy to get one. At first I was terrified of breaking it, but it’s sturdier than you would think ceramic cookware would be.
I think my favorite feature is that it reduces cooking time. I’m able to cook chicken faster, and at a lower temperature. We eat a lot of chicken in this house, so this is a big selling point for me! I was a little upset that the skillet didn’t have a lid, but they have recently released a lid, so that dilemma has been resolved.
Another big selling point is on the braiser, both dutch ovens, and now the lid to the skillets. The lids have little bumps on the bottom. You know when your cooking with a lid on your dish and you pull the lid off and the moisture just runs to whichever side you tilt? I’ve always hated this! These bumps however allow the moisture to drip back down onto your food, helping keep your meets moist.
Flameware is also available in all the Longaberger pottery colors (as seen in the picture), however the company is trying to resolve some problems with the lighter colors staining. Really this problem only exists on the white and yellow ones.
The Flameware does need to be ‘treated’ when you get it, but this is so simple it hardly bears mentioning. They give simple directions in the paper that comes with any Flameware purchase.
Longaberger now has a line including the 11 1/2″ skillet and lid, the braiser, the 2 1/2 qt dutch oven, the 4 qt dutch oven, a 8″ skillet and lid and a pizza stone. The best part of all of these products? They are Longaberger vitrified plus! They are safe for your freezer, dishwasher, oven, grill, stovetop and they look beautiful on your tabletop! Every piece comes with small rubber ‘oven guards’ for lack of a better word. They don’t go in the oven, but they allow you to remove your dishes from heat without using oven mitts.

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