Asian Glazed Chicken

My mother used to make a similar marinade for chicken wings and it was literally the BEST marinade and was truly the only reason I would eat chicken wings. One night I wanted to make an Asian influence dinner but was trying to figure out what to do with the chicken I had out.  I then decided to use the similar marinade on the chicken and bake it off in the oven.  The one difference in the marinade I made was that I cut back on the sugar and reduced the orange juice because I wasn’t making enough chicken for a party.  I also only marinated my chicken for a few hours versus a few days.
I decided to serve the meal up with Trader Joe’s Chicken Egg Rolls, Trader Joe’s Chicken Fried Rice and steamed green beans.
Serves 5 (roughly 3 oz a serving). 4 points plus values (if more than ½ the marinade is discarded after removing the chicken from it)
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, chunks
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
In a medium bowl add in soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, sesame oil and orange juice. Mix to combine.
Add chicken to the bowl, mix and cover then place in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours to marinate.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add chicken to a foil-lined pan. Discard remaining marinade. Bake for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked.

Plated: Seared Skirt Steak with Corn Salsa and Lime Potato Salad & Hoison Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Rice Noodles

I decided to try out Plated for a second time after receiving my initial box.  There were 3 dishes that seemed really interesting to me this time around, but I eliminated one solely on the fact I guestimated the points plus values would be astronomical.  I talked about the Plated membership during my first review of the subscription service (see here: http://shannonslifestyle.blogspot.com/2013/06/plated-membership-ft-chicken-tacos-w.html).  As mentioned previously Plated is offering a free monthly subscription and 4-plates to anyone who signs up during the month of June using the promo code: junefreegift.
I was weighing my options between the two dishes I chose and a paella dish.  Figuring the paella would translate into far too many points plus values that I’d be comfortable with I decided to order the Seared Skirt Steak with Corn Salsa and Lime Potato Salad and the Hoison Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Rice Noodles.
The first dish I put together was the Seared Skirt Steak with Corn Salsa and Lime Potato Salad.  It took about 30 minutes to put together, which was quite simple since there was very minimal chopping and mixing involved.  The only thing I altered was I eliminated a tablespoon of olive oil, seasoned my steak in McCormick steak seasoning and when my skirt steak was finished searing, I let it rest, sliced it up and then returned it back to the pan because I prefer my steak dead and buried.
The one thing I will point out is the vinaigrette which went over both the corn salsa and the potato salad was rather spicy. The chili powder was a little overwhelming, but regardless of the heat from the spice it was a pretty tasty meal.  I was able to make 2 ½ meals out of all I was provided, so points plus wise my dish was 12 points plus values.  I had 2.5 oz steak, 5.5 oz potato and 1/3 the corn salsa.
Now onto the most delicious lettuce wrap I have ever had in my life that I will undoubtedly be making again and again and again.  Hoison Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Rice Noodles probably one of the most delicious and relatively simple meals I’ve whipped together that wasn’t one of my own creations. 
The only difference from the recipe provided was I eliminated 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.  Otherwise the recipe is exactly as stated.  With this meal I was able to make 3 dinners out of the entire box provided and 1/3 of this was 13 points plus values.  This dish was the most delicious and refreshing meal.  The lettuce wraps totally lightened up the dish, but still allowed it to be filling and delicious.  My boyfriend mentioned that it should be a staple on our food menu – which I think it may very well become.
QUESTION:
Have you tried Plated?

Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai


I picked up a box of Chicken Shu Mai at Trader Joe’s from the freezer section because they looked delicious.  I’ve always been a sucker for potstickers at my local Chinese food restaurant.  Granted, these aren’t pot stickers, but they reminded me of a lot healthier version.  Granted, they’re a bit of a wonton (which in my area is only served in soup!) but I was looking forward to trying it.
The box describes it as a chicken and vegetable dumpling with a tangy soy sauce.  The dumpling itself is very flavorful and can honestly be eaten by itself. It has a nice flavoring, with a mild hint of scallion (green onions) in the background.  They cook up super fast because they are already pre-cooked – so I went the easy way out and steamed them in the microwave. I believe you can pan fry these if you wished – which would only make the outside a little crunchy.  The soy sauce is CRAZY tangy – like face puckering tangy. I’m a fan of dipping sauces, but this is not one that I was a fan of. It tasted as though there was a ton of citrus in with the soy sauce. Woo … it gave me chills!
You do get a generous serving – 6 pieces with 1/3 of the sauce (which is really too much because the sauce is SO tangy you only need a tiny little bit).  Points plus wise a serving is only 4 pointsplus!
QUESTION:
Have you tried Trader Joe’s Chicken Shu Mai?