Chicken With Pistachio Orange Sauce

4 servings.

4 large Juicy oranges
4 halves Boned, skinned chicken breasts
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper; salt optional
2 teaspoons Vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Minced green onion
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup Shelled, natural American pistachios
4 servings Hot cooked rice


Grate 2 teaspoons orange peel. Halve 1 orange; squeeze to yield 1/2 cup juice. (If orange doesn't have enough juice, use a second one as needed.) Pare and slice remaining oranges; set aside. Flatten chicken with mallet; use waxed paper to prevent splatter. Sprinkle with pepper (and salt if desired). Sauté chicken in 2 teaspoons oil in skillet; turning once. Cook until done but still moist and tender. Stack chicken at side of pan. Add orange peel, juice, onion and mustard to pan and cook, stirring to get a sauce. Add orange slices and pistachios and heat thoroughly.

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Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!