Healthier, Gluten Free Orange Chicken
Do you LOVE Chinese food, specifically orange chicken? But you know that calories, sugar, fat and carbs would make you cringe the next day… Yeah thats me… OR the fact before I was celiac and before I started this whole eating healthy thing, my “fat food” was Panda Express: 2 servings of Orange Chicken and fried rice… hmmmmm — no wonder I was overweight for so long… thats 1200 calories right there!
MY recipe packs all of the amazing sweet, (Spicy if you like) and savory orange flavor of the restaurant-style, but with only a fraction of the calories and fat. PLUS naturally sweetened with honey. And I serve mine over quinoa — you can do brown rice if you would like And it can be made in just 20 minutes from start to finish.
Ready for my recipe? You SHOULD be… its phenomenal and its husband and kid approved! — Thats a MUST in my household!
I dont fry my chicken — this saves you a ton of time, unnecessary calories and fat! I “saute” the chicken until its golden brown, and then with this badass sauce on top — you won’t even notice the chicken isn’t fried!!
I started by cutting up the all natural, organic chicken breasts into cubes and lightly seasoned with fresh ground pepper and himalayan salt on top. I then whipped up the sauce — which couldnt be any easier, simple and no way to mess up!
Ingredients and Directions below:
ORANGE CHICKEN INGREDIENTS:
- 4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- salt and pepper
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- orange chicken sauce (ingredients below)
- toppings (optional): thinly-sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds, orange zest
ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup orange juice – about 3 oranges
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup liquid aminos
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 4 Tbsp. coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
- zest of one orange
- pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
(OPTIONAL: QUINOA INGREDIENTS)
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 2 cups chicken broth
TO MAKE THE ORANGE CHICKEN:
Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute for about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and nearly cooked through.
Pour in the orange chicken sauce, and stir to combine. Let the sauce come to a boil, then boil for an additional minute or two until thickened. If the sauce isn’t as thick as you prefer, add more coconut flour. Remove from heat and serve immediately over quinoa or rice. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and additional orange zest.
TO MAKE THE ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE:
Whisk all ingredients together until combined. If you would like the sauce to be even sweeter, add an extra 2-4 tablespoons of honey.