Healthier Orange Chicken

Healthier Orange Chicken – Stop calling for takeout or going to the mall food court and make this HEALTHIER orange chicken at home in less than 10 minutes!! EASY, authentic, and so INCREDIBLE that you’ll never miss the fat and calories!!

Healthier Orange Chicken - Stop calling for takeout or going to the mall food court and make this HEALTHIER orange chicken at home in less than 10 minutes!! EASY, authentic, and so INCREDIBLE that you'll never miss the fat and calories!!

How To Make Healthier Orange Chicken

If I’m walking by the food court in the mall and if I can snag a free sample of Panda Express orange chicken, I do a little happy dance inside. But I don’t order it because I know it’s greasy and loaded with calories and fat that I don’t need.

Enter this homemade, healthier, not fried version of orange chicken that’s made in one skillet and ready in 10 minutes. No fuss, hassle-free, and perfect for busy weeknights.

The chicken is ridiculously tender, juicy, and full of orange flavor. When I say ridiculously tender, I mean it just melts in your mouth. You’d swear it was fried but it’s not.

To a large skillet, add freshly squeezed orange juice, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, olive oil, and boneless skinless chicken breast pieces that have been dredged in cornstarch. It’s the secret ingredient.

Cook until the chicken is done, less than 10 minutes, and dig in to this better-than-takeout copycat orange chicken alongside your favorite rice. My Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice is the perfect accompaniment. 

Healthier Orange Chicken - Stop calling for takeout or going to the mall food court and make this HEALTHIER orange chicken at home in less than 10 minutes!! EASY, authentic, and so INCREDIBLE that you'll never miss the fat and calories!!

Tips For Cooking With Cornstarch

Cornstarch thickens any liquids or sauces it comes into contact with. In this recipe it helps the orange juice-based sauce tighten up and cling to the chicken as if the chicken had been fried and then coated in an sugar-laded orange sauce, but we’re not frying anything today.

Cornstarch is a kitchen magician in many regards, but there are some pitfalls. If you’re not careful you can have a gloppy mess in a hurry.

My tips for avoiding that include:

  • Cook over medium heat
  • Flip the chicken and stir the pan sauce that coats the chicken nearly constantly
  • If at any time your sauce is tightening and thickening up faster than you’d like because the chicken isn’t quite cooked through, simply add more orange juice

Healthier Orange Chicken - Stop calling for takeout or going to the mall food court and make this HEALTHIER orange chicken at home in less than 10 minutes!! EASY, authentic, and so INCREDIBLE that you'll never miss the fat and calories!!

Healthier Orange Chicken – Stop calling for takeout or going to the mall food court and make this HEALTHIER orange chicken at home in less than 10 minutes!! EASY, authentic, and so INCREDIBLE that you’ll never miss the fat and calories!!

Healthier Orange Chicken

Healthier Orange Chicken

Healthier Orange Chicken – Stop calling for takeout or going to the mall food court and make this HEALTHIER orange chicken at home in less than 10 minutes!! EASY, authentic, and so INCREDIBLE that you’ll never miss the fat and calories!!

Yield: 5
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large oranges, juiced; plus more orange juice if necessary
  • 1/3 cup lite soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon green onions, diced into thin rounds

Instructions

  1. To a large bowl or ziptop plastic bag, add the chicken, cornstarch, and toss or shake the bag to coat the chicken evenly; set aside.
  2. To a large skillet, add the oils, orange juice, soy sauce, honey, add the chicken pieces but not any excess cornstarch that's at the bottom of your bowl or bag, turn the heat to medium, and cook until chicken is done and cooked through; flip chicken and stir pan sauce that's forming nearly constantly. Tip - If at any time your sauce is tightening or thickening up too much before the chicken has cooked through, simply add additional orange juice to thin it and keep stirring.
  3. Evenly garnish with green onions and serve immediately. Extra chicken will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 96mg Sodium: 1012mg Carbohydrates: 41g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 24g Protein: 38g

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15 comments on “Healthier Orange Chicken”

  1. This looks amazing! I’m a sucker for orange chicken, but never make it at home because I don’t need a ton of deep-fried food in my fridge. This looks totally doable though, and I love that it’s on the healthier side. Adding it to my “to-make” list!
    -Claire

  2. Oh man! This is soooo good! Can’t wait to try it asap!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  3. Yum! This is the perfect alternative to the deep fried take out! I love healthy modifications as you can make them much more often without any guilt (and I don’t like dealing with all that leftover oil from deep frying anyway).

  4. Easy to make and uncomplicated is just how I love my meals and this orange chicken was pure satisfaction and very healthy indeed!

    Rating: 5
  5. a dish I love and miss because it’s usually loaded with things that aren’t that great for you, so love having some of the same flavors in a dish where the ingredients are actually known and much healthier, much appreciated

  6. Thank you for this delicious recipe! We love asian food but hubby has diabetes and we try to stay away from fried foods. I used 3 oranges for a smoothe sauce and added garlic and ginger. Loved it and soooo much healthier!

    Rating: 5
  7. Can arrowroot powder be used instead of cornstarch?

  8. Can you make this with breaded chicken? Or would I have to fry it first?

    • Well the point of this recipe is that it’s sort of tastes like breaded chicken, without breading it. That’s where the corn starch comes in. Give this recipe a try and I think that you’ll really enjoy it.
      If you want to start doctoring with the recipe, then you’ll have to experiment, and since I haven’t tried it on my own, I can’t give you feedback or suggestions.

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