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Celebrate Chinese New Year With This Gluten Free Citrus Chicken Stir Fry

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Celebrate Chinese New Year With This Gluten Free Citrus Chicken Stir Fry

January 28th marks Chinese New Year and the start of around 23 days of celebration. And where there's a celebration, good food is generally close to hand. To join in with the party, at some point during the next three weeks you should definitely try making this citrus chicken stir fry. 

Not only is it healthy (just 438 calories without rice) and tasty, it's gluten free. It's also really easy to make. Juicing and zesting the orange is probably the only tasking part of the recipe. Everything else is just chopped and thrown into a pan. 

Before you crack on, a few interesting facts about the year of the Rooster:

- Anyone born in the year 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 or 2017 is a rooster. 2029 will be the next year of the rooster. 

- This year is a fire rooster year. The last one of those was in 1957. 

- 2017 isn't predicted to be the luckiest of years for roosters. Chinese astrology advises you to look after your money and think long and hard about whether you're in the right relationship. If you are, get married. If not, consider ending it.  

- Roosters are thought to be hardworking and talkative. They enjoy sports and socialising. 

- Famous roosters include Bob Marley, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Ivanka Trump, Natalie Portman, Roger Federer, Jennifer Aniston and Stephen Fry.

Right, here's the recipe...

What you'll need:

2 chicken breasts
1 orange
2 cloves garlic, minced
1tbsp cornflour
2 peppers (1 red, 1 green)
Spring onion
½ onion
1 chunk grated ginger
1 tbsp tamari
Chilli flakes (optional)

What you'll need to do: 

1. Start by juicing and zesting the orange. Squeeze the juice into a small bowl and add in the tamari, ginger and garlic cloves. Give it a good stir to combine the ingredients. 

2. Next, make the cornflour slurry by mixing the cornflour with about 2 tablespoons of water. This will stop the cornflour clumping during cooking.

3. Chop the peppers and spring onion into chunks. Do the same with the chicken, chopping it into bitesize chunks. 

4. Put a frying pan over medium-high heat and pop in the chicken. Cook for 3-4 minutes and set aside. 

5. Add the vegetables to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes. Now, add in the orange sauce, cornflour slurry and chicken and cook for a further 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens. 

6. Transfer to a bowl or plate and serve with rice.


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January 28th marks Chinese New Year and the start of around 23 days of celebration. And where there's a celebration, good food is generally close to hand. To join in with the party, at some point during the next three weeks you should definitely try making this citrus chicken stir fry.