Posts Tagged Chinese food

Don’t Do Without – A Celiac’s Guide to Safe Takeout!

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned since being diagnosed with Celiac disease is that if I am craving a food, I can either make it at home or find a reasonable take-out solution with a little bit of research. This is really valuable at busy times of the year, like in the weeks leading up to Christmas!

Here are our top ideas so that you can satisfy your cravings with some gluten-free goodies.

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What’s For Dinner? Honey Garlic Chicken Bites!

Why We Love It

Chinese night is a staple in our house, and this dish adds another item to the menu!

Ingredients – Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients – Sauce

  • ½ cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce (like San-J)
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce (you can use less if you like)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper. In another bowl, beat the eggs. Working in batches, dip chicken into eggs and then the breadcrumbs.
  4. Add chicken to prepared baking dish. Place into oven and bake until golden brown and crisp, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine honey, garlic, soy sauce, and Sriracha sauce. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and ⅓ cup water. Stir mixture into the saucepan until thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Once chicken is cooked, toss the chicken in the sauce. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
  7. Enjoy!


  • To make your own crispy gluten-free breadcrumbs, put a few slices of gluten-free bread through the food processor and then toast them in the oven for a few minutes. This is an especially good way to use up the ends of bread!
  • Serve this dish with gluten-free chicken fried rice for a total takeout experience.

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The Best (And The Rest) of 2013

In 2013, gluten was in the news more than ever. Brands like Pillsbury, Breton, Catelli, and Dempster’s started offering gluten-free items. Even Tim Hortons hopped on the bandwagon with certified gluten-free coconut macaroons! Celiacs also received support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with improved labeling and regulations, as well as a new gluten-free certification program from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and the Canadian Celiac Association.

To wrap things up, here are some highlights from 2013.

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Fantastic Food Awaits at Fan’s!

Last year, the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association held a dinner club outing at Fan’s Chinese Restaurant in Dartmouth. I was fascinated, since it’s hard to find gluten-free Chinese food. Earlier this month, I finally had a chance to see what Fan’s had to offer.

We went to Fan’s on a Friday night with family members who were visiting from out of town. I asked for the gluten-free menu, which is several pages long and includes a good portion of their regular dishes. We decided to order several dishes from the gluten-free menu so that we could all share.

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What’s For Dinner? Sweet and Sour Chicken!

This recipe is one of my Mom’s go-to meals, and no wonder! It’s quick to prepare, delicious, and can easily be made gluten-free.

Why We Love It

It can be hard to find gluten-free Chinese food, but this recipe really reproduces that sweet and sour flavour. As well, no breading or frying means this dish is far healthier than the restaurant version.

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Gluten-Free Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

One thing that I miss is Chinese food. I used to love wontons, fried rice, and chicken balls. Mmmmm! However, this chicken-fried rice dish is super easy and tasty. You can even add other vegetables, such as peppers, water chestnuts, and snow peas, to make a full meal.

This recipe serves two to four people, depending on whether you’re serving it as a meal or a side dish. Don’t be afraid to adjust the proportions of the ingredients to suit your tastes!

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