Orange Chicken & Cashews and an Instagram Giveaway

It’s getting to be that time of the year when we’ll be spending more hours in our kitchens with likely more mouths to feed. That’s why this seems like a great week to do a giveaway!

My dear friend @sincerelysarameadows and I have teamed up on an amazing foodie giveaway, partnering with two incredible small businesses @zenofslowcooking and @leisurelaneco. You can enter on Instagram to win a variety of Zen of Slow Cooking spice packets that will transform your home cooking using easy, delicious recipes; a beautiful striped linen apron from Leisure Lane; and an Instant Pot to help you create meals in a fraction of the time. Head on over to my Instagram page for details to enter.

Today, I’m sharing a recipe I made for my family using some Zen spices. Think tender chicken thighs coated in a sweet, savory, and tangy orange sauce that’s dusted with cashews–delish!

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6-8 chicken thighs; bone-in skin on
  • 1 1/2 cups (1 medium) onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon (2 cloves) garlic, minced
  • 2 oranges, zested & juiced
  • 1 Coq au Vin Zen of Slow Cooking blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup of the orange juice blended with 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
  • 4 cups long grain brown rice, cooked (or 2 cups uncooked if using oven cook method)
  • Steamed green beans

What You Do

  1.  Heat the oil in a skillet on medium; brown the chicken for 3 minutes; transfer the chicken to the cooker.
  2. In the same skillet, gently sauté onion for 2 minutes; stir in garlic and turn off heat.
  3. Transfer onion mixture to cooker and stir in orange zest, Coq au Vin blend, salt, blended orange and cornstarch, soy sauce, vegetable broth, and cashew nuts.
  4. Stir, cover, and cook on LOW: 7-8 hours or HIGH: 3 hours.
  5. Serve over brown rice with steamed green beans.

Enjoy! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway. You have until Thursday, November 19 at 8 p.m. CT to enter to win.


Photography by Jenn Marie Photography and Zen of Slow Cooking

My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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  1. Jane McKay wrote:

    Ann MarieThis is a lovely post and you rock that apron! I may have to buy myself a new one :-)I also love your tote in your more recent post!Have a lovely Thanksgiving and thank you for including us in your giveaway.Janexo

    Posted 11.19.20 Reply
    • Ann Marie Scheidler wrote:

      Thank you so much, Jane! It’s been so lovely working with you this year! xo

      Posted 11.21.20 Reply