Skip the takeout and make this Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe for dinner! A simple, delicious dinner that is paleo, gluten free, packed with flavor and done in under an hour! This post was originally shared in Jan of 2017, but has since been updated.
I really don’t play favorites with my recipes.. or at least I try not to.. but whenever someone asks me what my favorite recipe from my site it, I always say it’s this Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe (with these Clean Eating Chicken Tenders coming in at a close second!). This recipe is one that I always turn to when I’m feeling uninspired + need to get dinner on the table, or if just want something plain delicious.
Orange Chicken is one of my favorite things to order when we get takeout. But as I’m sure most of you know.. Chinese food is definitely not the healthiest dinner option (Hello MSG overload!) Years ago when I first started eating healthy I kind of became obsessed with trying to make all my favorite foods healthy…
Anywhere I could swap refined sugar for a better substitute or remove it completely – I did. Swap bleached white flour with a grain free or whole grain alternative? I was all over it. You name a healthier substitute.. I guarantee I’ve tried it!
I’ll admit, there were (and still are) many concoctions that I try that come out a total mess. Muffins that are flatter than pancakes… Breads that never rise.. Marinades that are just not that great. Side dishes that are over cooked + under seasoned… I’ve been there. But THIS recipe is one where all the healthy substitutions made turn into the greatest dinner of all time basically.
This was one of those recipes that as I was making it I was a little skeptical.. Would the flavor be right? Would the sauce be thick enough or would I just be eating chicken coated in a weird orange juice mixture?? So many questions. Buuuut thankfully that didn’t happen!
The flavor was so on point. A little bit sweet, just the right amount of spice. It was perfectly thick and had the same consistency of the amazing sauce you get at a restaurant!
On top of being super delicious + beyond easy to make, this recipe is so versatile. Feeding a crowd of hungry people? Serve it over a giant bowl of brown rice/quinoa + broccoli. Trying to keep paleo? Skip the rice entirely or do cauliflower rice. Not a huge fan of cauliflower rice? Serve it over zoodles!
The next time you’re tempted to get takeout… skip the delivery service and just make it yourself! I hope you love this amazing twist on takeout as much as we do. We make it at least once a month because it’s so simple + delicious! Here’s the recipe:
Healthy Orange Chicken
Skip the takeout and make this Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe for dinner! A simple, delicious dinner that is paleo, gluten free, packed with flavor and done in under an hour!
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cleaned + cut into 1 inch cubes
- 4 cups steamed broccoli
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 2.5 cups orange juice
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 2 tsp sriracha
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp fresh or ground ginger
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional if you prefer less spicy)
In a large frying pan, cook the cubed chicken in the toasted sesame oil until the edges are brown and slightly crispy (Approx 5-10 minutes)
As the chicken is cooking, stir together the sauce mixture in a separate bowl
Once the chicken is thoroughly cooked remove it from the pan and place it off to the side in a separate bowl.
Pour the sauce mixture into the same pan you cooked the chicken in.
Bring the sauce mixture to a boil for 15-20 minutes, stirring every minute or so until it starts to thicken. (You will know it has thickened when you scrape the pan and it pulls away from the pan)
When the sauce thickens, add the cooked chicken back in + stir to coat the chicken
Serve over steamed broccoli or zucchini noodles for a paleo option, or rice/quinoa.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds + enjoy!
You can get the nutrition facts for this recipe here.
Need other healthy dinner recipes? Try these!