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Chinese Chicken Fingers

When I was growing up, we’d always have Chinese food with my grandparents. We’d order several meals and everyone would dig in. Since going gluten-free those days are now (somewhat) over.

Though we’ve found some incredible Chinese restaurants and I’ve made my own versions of several dishes, chicken fingers just seemed like such an impossible and daunting task. How could you get that perfect breading at home? And gluten-free? Forget it.

Until now.

This past week we found some duck sauce in the supermarket. It inspired me.

I decided to be brave and go out on a limb, and boy am I glad I did! This comes so close to the Chinese chicken fingers I used to eat as a child and to think of how easy it is! If only I had known sooner I could have been enjoying these for a long time. But I have them now, and that’s better than before. 🙂 Now you too can enjoy these perfectly crispy chicken tenders at home. No more Chinese food nights passing the fluffy breaded chicken fingers, now I can enjoy them just like everyone else, and you can too! Even if you’re not gluten-free, I’m sure this would work just as well with regular flour.

It also pairs perfectly with fried rice.

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Chinese Chicken Fingers

  • About 8 chicken tenders cut in quarters (half each direction)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water (give or take a little depending on batter)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder (I used half, but my ap flour had some in already)
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying
  1. Preheat oil in deep fryer or cast iron skillet.
  2. Combine flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a gallon sized bag.
  3. Add in the beaten egg. Mix my scrunching the bag.
  4. Add the water a little at a time, mixing it in, until the batter is pasty.
  5. Drop the chicken into the bag and slosh around until coated.
  6. Fry tenders in 1-2 inches of heated oil* in a cast iron pan, giving them enough room to not touch each other. Flip when underside is golden.
  7. Cook until golden on all sides and chicken is cooked through (165 degrees F).
  8. Serve with duck sauce and fried rice and enjoy!

*Be careful! With even just a few splatters that oil can BURN!


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Fried Rice

Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love Chinese food! Sometimes you just don’t feel like going out, or spending the time or money on it. This recipe is quick and easy, just perfect for a weeknight meal!

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Chop your carrots and onions.

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Then fry them up in a bit of olive oil.

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Add some peas.

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Push the veggies to the side once the peas are no longer frozen, and scramble an egg on the side.

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Mix it all together with some spices and gluten-free soy sauce (I’d suggest using the gluten-free soy sauce even if it isn’t needed).

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Enjoy this dish alone, or as a side to something like my orange chicken. Feel free to switch it up and use whatever veggies or other additions you want. Experiment!

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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Monday (Part One) Christmas Decorating And Chinese Food

Happy Monday everyone!

I have so many things to share with you this week that I’m not even sure where to begin! So here’s an overview. I have Christmas shopping/decorating, an awesome cake (and decorating), and Chinese food, which is always amazing.

I guess I’ll do two separate blog posts today, so stay tuned for the other one! I think the cake deserves its own post! 🙂

We were planning on using Monday for a Christmas decoration shopping day. Some other (more boring) things got in the way and we switched the trip to Thursday. This was originally what I was planning to post about this week, so I’m still going with it anyway.

Although we didn’t find much in the realm of Christmas decorations, we did at least get some lights and tinsel garland. This weekend we used the garland to decorate this wonderful pole in the middle of our living room, like this.

I had my husband stand behind it with a blanket. I thought that would be much better than showing the mess in the background. ;)
I had my husband stand behind it with a blanket. I thought that would be much better than showing the mess in the background. 😉

I can’t help laughing when I look at the pole. It reminds me of some sort of Christmas Dr. Seuss… something.

The idea also crossed my mind to make our own glass ornaments, an idea that was reaffirmed by my best friend, who is also making her own. What can I say, enthusiasm is contagious! It also gives my husband and me an excuse to go Christmas shopping again! So that’s definitely something to be excited about as well!

I also had the idea to make our own Christmas stockings, so I’m very much looking forward to that! It’ll be a fun little project that I’ll be posting about on here, if I do in fact get around to making them at all.

While we were in the fabric store, I wanted to check online to see how much material we would need for each stocking. I had my own ideas of how much that would actually be. After looking it up, it turns out that I guessed EXACTLY right! So that pretty much made my night right there.

What am I saying? We had already had Chinese food, so THAT kicked off the night in the best possible way!

As you’ve (probably?) gathered, I have to eat gluten-free. I have to say that I absolutely love it! I haven’t really ever felt deprived during my year-and-a-half of eating gluten-free, and have actually used it as an opportunity to learn about and try some things that I never otherwise would have. It’s been an amazing journey!

Anyway, we were both hungry and happened to be near a Chinese food restaurant. It just so happened that Chinese food sounded absolutely incredible at the time, so we decided to go for it!

I love spur-of-the-moment date nights like this!

Our area is pretty decent when it comes to gluten-free dining, so we were planning to check out the menu to see if they had anything available, hoping that they would.

It turned out so much better than I had expected. Not only did they have gluten-free options, but those options also included the traditional breaded chicken! All they had to do was switch out the soy sauce.

I was beyond thrilled!

We got a plate of General Tso’s Chicken to split, and it ended up being the perfect amount for us. Not to mention the beautiful little carrot flower they used as a garnish. Such a cool idea! (Okay, I don’t know, maybe I’m just slow and a lot of places do this… But I don’t go out much.)

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I can honestly say that it was one of the happiest, most satisfying food moments of my life. Eeek! I can have normal Chinese food again!

We also went to Whole Foods and got some things from the bulk section. Yay for cheap things I’ve been needing! Love it!

So that was our trip! I hope you have a wonderful Monday! And I’ll see you later with a post for a gluten-free cake! Be sure to like my Facebook page for more updates. I look forward to seeing you there!

The Colors Of Fall – Gluten-Free Orange Chicken

Happy Monday, everyone!

What could be better than Chinese food? It’s definitely one of my favorite food categories, my husband’s too, so that works out quite nicely. Today I have one of our favorite Chinese dishes for you. Orange chicken. Yum! It goes perfectly with broccoli and rice.

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It also came to my attention that I had yet to make a pumpkin cheesecake this year, so I made one of those as well. Is it absolutely horrible of me that I ate half of it within two days?

Can you believe it’s already November? This year has just flown by! I have to say, I’m much happier where I am this year than where I was last year. We’re really settling in to our new home and it’s just all around an awesome thing for us.

Anyway, on to the food…

Orange chicken is a very social meal for me. I was first introduced to it in a mall with one of my best friends. Then, the first time I made it at home was with some of my other close friends.

Over the past few years I’ve been perfecting the recipe and have been using this one for awhile know. I have to say, I’m pretty happy with it. It’s perfect for a date night with a special someone as you cozy in and enjoy the cooler weather (and more dates in, perhaps?)

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Although, around here, pretty much any Chinese dish will be widely accepted. Do you have any favorites? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments! I’m always up for trying new recipes.

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