This recipe for Chinese dragon (phoenix) chicken is a wonderful blend of ginger and garlic with a tomato base. The pan-fried marinated chicken is glazed in the sauce then served on fluffy rice with your choice of steamed vegetables.
It is important to pan fry the chicken on medium high heat to get a golden-brown crust for added texture. More water can be added to the glaze if you like it saucy.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
First peel the outside of the carrot then remove the tip. Use the peeler to shred lengths of the carrots as you turn the carrot around. This will give you thin long lengths that will cook through in a stir fry.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
Check the chili paste and ketchup ingredients for gluten and dairy. Use a gluten free soy sauce.
Save money by buying pantry basics such as ketchup in bulk. Wash out an old ketchup bottle after use then let completely dry before refilling with the bulk buy ketchup (paid link). This will make it easier to use.
In some areas it may be difficult to find fresh ginger. You can now purchase minced ginger (paid link) in jars which is economical and almost as good as fresh.
It is always best to buy chicken in bulk packs then freeze in 1 pound portions when you get home. Thighs are often cheaper than breast meat and retain more moisture when cooked.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
A great starter for your Asian feast are these Gluten Free Pork Dumplings.
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