Chinese Orange Chicken

Do you ever wonder why so many movies and T.V. shows have scenes where characters are eating Chinese takeout???  Whether it’s eating alone while coping with a breakup or indulging cross legged on the floor in bare brand new home, Chinese food is always being eaten.

It’s a go-to comfort food, probably why we all love it, but like many of the good things in life Chinese food is deep fried and drenched in sauce. This is what led me on my journey to recreate a delicious Chinese dish without all the calories. This orange chicken is a TEN, and can be made in 20 minutes, using one pan!

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts cubed
  • 3 tbsp. tapioca starch
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. of orange zest (grate the top the outside layer/peel of an orange)
  • 1 tbsp. of coco amnios
  • 1 tsp of rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tbsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 scallion (sliced)

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, mix together orange juice, orange zest, coco aminos, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper
  • Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet on medium heat
  • Add the ginger and garlic and cook for one minute
  • Stir in the orange juice mixture and 1 tsp of tapioca starch
  • Bring to a boil, whisk, lower heat and cook for two minutes then pour the sauce into a bowl and set aside
  • In the same pan, heat 2 tbsp. of avocado oil
  • While the oil is heating, mix the 3tbsp. of tapioca starch, salt and pepper in a medium bowl
  • Add the chicken and toss till coated
  • Place the chicken into the oil and cook about 2 minutes on each side, flipping them until golden brown
  • Once the chicken is finished, place in the bowl with the sauce and toss
  • Serve over steamed broccoli and top with scallions and sesame seeds

** To weaken the orange flavor, add an additional tbsp. of coco aminos

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Hi, I’m Bri! A Chicago native and Atlanta transplant but my real home is in the kitchen. Whether I’m eating or cooking (or washing dishes) you can find me there! My passion for food and experiment has become my after work obsession. Erik’s my husband, he has the lucky job of being my personal taste tester.

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