Our Orange and Ginger Chicken recipe is an easy way to add flavor and nutrition into your dinner rotation. Filled with all natural ingredients, this recipe is one that is sure to please everyone who tries it! Not only does this recipe taste amazing, but it’s full of protein, vitamins, and minerals, too. In fact, eating lean poultry such as chicken provides you with a great source of protein, B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and B6), vitamin E, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Proteins function as building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood, and are also building blocks for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins (1), so it’s important to make sure you are getting enough of it in your diet!
Not only does this recipe provide a high serving of protein, but it also incorporates some fruit by way of orange juice. Many Americans don’t meet their daily fruit consumption goals, so cooking with 100% juice can help increase that number. Using orange juice in this recipe adds a sweet and juicy flavor to chicken, as well as a burst of vitamin C. By using this method of adding juice to recipes, consumers are more likely to meet their daily fruit consumption goals. A research study found that typical total fruit consumption is about 65 percent whole fruit compared to 35 percent fruit juice, with children consuming less than one-half cup of juice per day (2). Another study showed that orange juice is an excellent source or carotenoids and flavonoids, which may protect against cancer and other chronic diseases (3). Try pairing this dish with our Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes for a hearty, filling meal, and check out Juice Central for more information on the latest juice studies.
2. Adam Drewnowski and Colin D Rehm. Socioeconomic gradient in consumption of whole fruit and 100% fruit juice among US children and adults. Nutrition Journal. http://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-14-3
3. Adrian A. Franke, et al. Bioavailability and antioxidant effects of orange juice components in humans. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2533031/