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Feed Us, Day 5: Orange-Chipotle Glazed Tofu with Confetti Rice

Orange Chipotle Glazed Tofu and Confetti Rice

Last day of our Feed Us challenge. We actually received a few more tempting recipes, ones that came in after we got back from the grocery store. Stay tuned, we might be doing more of those next week. :)

This was a delicious recipe, submitted by Thaxton. We’re always looking for new tofu recipes, and this one is a keeper. Taylor’s easy, feed him anything with Chipotle and he’ll be happy (he eats the stuff out of a can, weirdo). At first glance, the flavors seem a bit odd – chipotle, orange, and maple syrup? But surprisingly, it works, and it works well.

The rice side dish (hooray for an actual side dish rather than eating a sidedish as the main meal), was also a delicious and beautiful companion to the tofu. Don’t skip out and get a red or green bell pepper, you NEED the orange one to experience the full rainbow of rice that is this dish. Seriously. I’m not joking here. The rice (which we could have halved and still had leftovers) is also delicious the next day.

Orange-Chipotle Glazed Tofu

Makes 6 servings. Recipe from Vegetarian Times.

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1 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbs. rice vinegar or cider vinegar
2 tsp. minced seeded chipotle chile in adobo sauce, drained, plus 2 tsp. adobo sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
2 14-oz. packages extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry
1 Tbs. vegetable oil

1 cup long-grain white rice
1 tsp. whole cumin seeds
1 clove garlic, crushed and peeled
1/2 tsp. salt
1 small orange bell pepper, finely chopped (1 cup)
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large tomato, chopped (11/2 cups)
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
2/3 cup chopped green onions (1 bunch)
1/4 cup lime juice
3 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, optional
1/2 avocado, diced, optional


Whisk together orange juice, maple syrup, vinegar, chipotle chile, adobo sauce, and salt in small bowl. Cover, and chill.

Cut each piece of tofu crosswise into 8 slices, each about 1/2-inch thick. Place tofu in large shallow glass dish. Add 1/2 cup orange juice mixture and oil to tofu, and turn to coat. Cover, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours, turning from time to time. Reserve remaining orange juice mixture, covered, in refrigerator.

Preheat broiler. Line large baking sheet with foil, and coat with cooking spray. Place tofu on prepared baking sheet. Combine marinade and reserved orange juice mixture in small saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Cook over medium heat 12 to 15 minutes, or until syrupy. Keep warm.

Broil tofu 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until golden, basting occasionally with orange juice mixture. Serve with remaining sauce.

Combine rice, cumin, and 2 cups water in saucepan. Add garlic and salt, cover, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 15 minutes, or until rice is tender and most of water is absorbed. Remove from heat, sprinkle bell pepper on top, cover, and cool rice in pan.

Transfer rice to large bowl, and remove garlic clove. Stir in beans, tomato, corn, green onions, lime juice, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in sunflower seeds and avocado, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

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  1. Just made this and it was very tasty. I used brown rice instead of white cooked in chicken stock and water. I used Blood oranges which were already very sweet so I would probably reduce the maple syrup significantly next time. Thanks for an easy, yummy, budget friendly recipe!

  2. I would consider the rice the main dish, and the tofu the side dish. The rice looks really wonderful! We’ll try it tonight!

  3. Ooh, that sounds delicious.

    Improperly drained tofu has turned off many a meat eater. I also like to suggest that meat eaters start out with the block kind in the refrigerated section instead of the silken tofu because it has a “meatier” texture.

  4. Yea! So glad you chose my recipe suggestion and that you both enjoyed it.
    And to Lili: I also like to cube the tofu into large cubes before draining it on paper towels, this seems to absorb more water.

  5. Hi Lili!

    Be sure to drain it well before you eat it. If it is overly waterlogged, that will prevent it from browning. What we do is slice the block into maybe 1/2″ slices, and lay them into a baking dish lined with paper towels or dish towels. Put another layer of towels on top, followed by another baking dish. Then weight the sucker down. Let it sit there for 30 minutes or so, changing the towels if needed. That should get most of the water out. You’ll also find that the drained tofu absorbs more flavor when marinated.

    We have tried freezing it, and it does change the texture. More spongy, less gooey? The same thing happens if you deep-fry it. I wouldn’t call it chicken-like, though. :)

    You could try it in a recipe like our Veggie Steamed Dumplings (, the tofu is practically unnoticeable there!

  6. Do you have any good tips for cooking with tofu? I used some in a stirfry recently and it was less than exciting. Being meat eaters we find tofu has a mushy consistency. I’ve read that if you freeze your tofu first, thaw it and then use it that it has more of a chicken texture? Have you tried this?


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