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Healthy Orange Chicken

  • Author: Kari
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This healthier version of the classic take-out Orange Chicken will have you coming back for more, and you’ll never miss the sugar because this dish has so much flavor without it!



1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, or chicken breasts, cut into 1/2” cubes

2 tablespoons avocado oil

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon minced ginger

1 clove minced garlic

2 teaspoons orange zest, from a microplane grater

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, about 2 oranges

1/4 cup coconut aminos, or tamari/soy sauce to taste

Optional: 1 teaspoon tapioca starch mixed with 1 tablespoon water

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

Sesame seeds to sprinkle over the top


Start by prepping all the ingredients before you begin to cook.

Place a large 9-10″ cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add 1 tablespoon avocado oil and the cut up chicken.

Sauté stirring only as the chicken browns for 3-4 minutes, or until just done. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.

Lower the heat to medium-low and add the remaining tablespoon avocado oil, toasted sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Cook stirring constantly to prevent browning until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Then add the orange zest, orange juice, and coconut aminos to the pan. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to maintain a brisk boil. The goal in this step is to reduce the sauce.

When the sauce is thickened, 8-10 minutes, add the chicken back to the pan. Or if you like a bit more sauce you can add the optional thickener before the sauce thickens on it’s own, at about the 5 minute mark in the cooking time.

Cook to warm the chicken and combine it with the sauce. Then sprinkle with the green onions and sesame seeds before serving.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe, Healthy Orange Chicken Stir Fry, Simple Orange Chicken, Easy Orange Chicken