Easy Orange Chicken

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Easy Orange Chicken

I don’t think I’ve shared this with you yet, but I enjoy Asian food.  I know…groundbreaking as that may be.  “Wow, did you hear that? Lacey likes another type of food. Shocking.”

I’ve talked a lot about how much I love certain types of food on this blog, but not so much with Asian food.  Well, that is going to change…somewhat.

You see, though I love to eat Chinese, Japanese, Thai food and the like, I’m not as comfortable with the actual cooking part. With the exception of Asian Lettuce Wraps (post coming soon!), egg rolls, fried rice and the occasional stir-fry, I rarely make anything “Asian” at home.

I’m much more comfortable cooking Italian food (for more on that, see my Chicken Parmesan, Simple Tomato Sauce and Italian Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Manicotti posts). I guess I scare easily with stuff I’m not used to (for more on that, see my Chicken Cordon Bleu post). Plus, I don’t usually get that Aha! moment when I realize I can probably make that at home, like I do with other cuisines.

Easy Orange Chicken

That’s what makes this Easy Orange Chicken so fantastic. Not only is it quite a simple meal to make but you probably have most, if not all, the ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator. Plus, it’s a healthy Chinese recipe that is very fresh, light and vibrant. The chicken is not deep fried, which — sadly — is always a good start towards making a dish more healthy.

**sigh**

The orange zest, grated ginger and red pepper flakes create a wonderful depth of flavor.  You may even be surprised you actually made it (well, I was, at least). Orange Chicken is probably my favorite Chinese entree, so it’s great to have this go-to recipe at home.

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Easy Orange Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
This Easy Orange Chicken recipe is fantastic because it's a healthy Chinese recipe that is simple to make.
Categories: Clean Eating, Easy Dinner, Meal Prep, No Refined Sugar
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: easy orange chicken
Servings: 4 meals
Calories: 271 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
For the Chicken:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 tsp sea salt, to coat chicken
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, to coat chicken
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (for topping)
For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. water, divided
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp grated orange zest
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup water, orange juice, lemon juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce, orange zest, coconut sugar, and red pepper flakes, and then set this aside while we prep the chicken.

  2. Heat some olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

  3. Season chicken breast that’s been diced into 1-inch cubes with sea salt and ground black pepper.

  4. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken in a single layer into the pan, and cook, without moving, for 2 minutes, and then stir and cook for an additional 2 minutes. 

  5. Then, add minced garlic and minced ginger, and stir-fry until the garlic is fragrant, about a minute.

  6. Now, add the orange sauce to the pan and allow to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.

  7. In a small mixing bowl, combine arrowroot starch and water until the starch is dissolved. Add this mixture to the pan, stirring to combine. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute.

  8. Top chicken with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional info provided does not include brown rice. Including 1/2 cup steamed brown rice would increase calories by 108 calories, 2 g fiber, and 2.5 g protein.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Orange Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 meal)
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 1062mg44%
Potassium 539mg15%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 26.6mg32%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

30 thoughts on “Easy Orange Chicken

  1. 5 stars
    This orange sauce was delicious! Was the chicken meant to be 1.5 lbs total weight? The recipe says 1/2 lbs and it seemed there was enough sauce for more meat.

    I also added some broccoli florets in the last 2 minutes of cooking and it turned out great!

  2. Thank you for posting this great dish, one in a series of delights you’ve shared with me–teriyaki sauce, hollandaise sauce, ice cream. You’re my first “go to”. Simple and great without a lot of standing on my head. Many blessings, Lyn

  3. Its such as you read my mind! You seem to grasp a lot approximately this, such as you wrote the e-book in it or something. I feel that you just could do with some p.c. to force the message house a little bit, however instead of that, this is excellent blog. A fantastic read. I’ll definitely be back.

  4. Lacey,
    This was delicious! My family loved it! I have never used ginger root in cooking before, so that was fun. I used 3 chicken breasts, and brown rice, and it was so good. The orange sauce was awesome! Love your blog, and will be trying another one of your chicken recipes soon!

  5. The orange sauce was a perfect and fresh taste of citrus orange, tangy , not overly sweet, hint of ginger, & the right amount of chili flakes for some zing! This is definitely a keeper! 😛

  6. My cousin shared this website with me and I made the orange chicken…hello..can you say slammin good dinner? I added some bok choy and frozen asian medley veggies and brown rice, and we were happy and stuffed. Thanks!

  7. Hi there! This recipe sounds delish and I was hoping that you might add it to my Easter and Spring Linking Party to share with my readers. If you are interested, you can go here http://bakedbyjoanna.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-linking-party.html to enter. Thanks!

  8. This dish looks awesome. Quick question though – i live overseas and don’t have access to rice vinegar. What would you suggest as a substitution? Would red wine vinegar work?

  9. Lacey: I think I want to be your new BFF!! Rob and I seriously MOANED while we eat this delicious, easy to prepare meal. It was just wonderful! Keep up the great work. XOXOXOX

  10. My husband is addicted to chicken. It’s weird. So the “chicken” part of my collected recipe folder is HUGE. This one is going in there. Looks really tasty and pretty healthy which is a bonus!

  11. I adore asian food as well but don’t make it as often as I’d like. I think it’s just that, with other ethnic foods, like Italian, I always have an idea of what ingredients I should use to get the taste I want. With Asian foods there is just so much that I don’t know, so I feel like i have no idea where to begin!

    This dish looks delicious though. Orange chicken is a favorite of mine!

    1. Joanne, I totally agree with you. I’ve been using hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil and other similar ingredients for a while, but it’s hard to think how to use them without following someone else’s recipe. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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