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Easy Family Dinner – Asian-Inspired Chicken and Roasted Carrots

When you work from home and have a toddler, a vegetarian teen daughter, a husband on low carb and your in-laws live with you too – dinner needs to be ready and simple, but also meet the needs of everyone.

Asian Inspired chicken, steamed broccoli, roasted carrots, and plain fried rice – takeout from our local Chinese restaurant.

Super easy.

*See below for ingredient list – take a screen shot for a quick shopping list!

    • Saute diced shallots (or onions) and 2 cloves of diced garlic, a small slice of fresh ginger in a bit of olive oil.
    • Season with kosher salt, black pepper, a dash of chili powder, five spice powder.
    • Throw in chicken (thighs or legs) and let slightly brown on both sides in a dutch oven or skillet pan.
    • Add a splash of soy sauce, orange juice, and a tbsp of brown sugar.
    • Cover and let simmer for 1 – 1.5 hours on medium heat until it falls off the bone.
    • Peel and slice carrots (1 inch), toss in a bit of olive oil and soy sauce, dash of salt and pop in oven for 20 min.on 400 degrees.
    • Steam broccoli – add a dash of salt.

Eat with takeout rice.

Easy family dinner.

*Bonus Tip: Want your kids to learn how to use chopsticks?

Kids training chopsticks are great.

Check out these ninja training chopsticks or these Zoo stix are super cute too.  We have very cute dinosaur chopsticks from Pearl River Mart in NYC. 

Kids training Chopsticks

You can also make them yourself with the kind you get when you order takeout.  This is how my oldest learned and there was no internet yet to find cool stuff like the ones above!  Whenever we went out to a Chinese, Japanese or Thai restaurant they always put this together for my son with the wrapper they come in and a rubber band.  Crazy simple but it works!  Here is a tutorial on how it’s done.

Ingredients/Shopping List

  • Chicken – Thighs or drumsticks or both – about 6 pieces
  • Broccoli – 2-3 cups
  • Carrots – about 5 -6
  • Shallots – 1
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Soy Sauce – 1-2 tbsp or 2-3 packets from a local Chinese restaurant (you know you have a bunch of packets sitting in a drawer somewhere…)
  • Brown sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Orange juice (optional) splash
  • Fresh ginger – 1 slice or dry ginger 1 tsp can work too
  • Seasonings: kosher salt (or table salt), black pepper, chili powder, five spice powder
  • Fried rice from your local Chinese restaurant or you can make your own using this recipe 


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