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Healthy Orange Chicken

Healthy Orange Chicken

There's much to love about Healthy Orange Chicken! The grated ginger, orange zest, and red pepper flakes all make it a beloved classic. This post will show you how to skip the unwanted calories and create your own version, at home!

Categories Clean Eating, Easy Dinner, Meal Prep, No Refined Sugar
Difficulty Easy
Keyword easy orange chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 meals
Calories 271 kcal
Author Lacey Baier

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb boneless and skinless chicken breast 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

Optional

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds for garnish
  • 1 cup brown rice for serving

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

  3. Dice Chicken into 1-inch cubes, and season with salt and 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 remaining 2 tbps of 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, sesame seeds and serve with brown rice.

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
Healthy 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.