Gluten-Free Orange Chicken, is a healthy spin on the Panda Express favorite! Made with wholesome ingredients including freshly squeezed orange juice, and sweetened with a touch of honey.
Gluten-Free Orange Chicken is a household favorite! From start to finish, this recipe can be made in under 40 minutes, which is a huge time saver for those of us on the go. The key ingredient in this recipe is the freshly squeezed orange juice, combined with the hint of chili paste, and honey which creates the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. After trying this recipe, you’ll never want take-out again!
Gluten-Free Orange Chicken Ingredients
This recipe is quick and easy, made with wholesome ingredients, naturally gluten-free and dairy-free with a paleo option.
- Chicken Thighs: Chicken thighs or chicken breast will work wonderfully in this recipe.
- Sesame Seed Oil: Provides a lovely nutty flavor.
- Orange Juice/Zest: Fresh squeezed large navel oranges and zest are the key ingredient in the recipe.
- Coconut Aminos: A great gluten-free soy sauce substitute. If using regular or gluten-free soy sauce, cut back the amount by 1 tablespoon.
- Chili Paste: Adds just a touch of heat to the sauce.
- Honey: This helps sweeten the sauce.
- Garlic: For flavor
- Salt: Helps bring out the sweetness and balance the flavors.
- Arrowroot Powder: Helps to thicken the sauce.
How To Make Gluten-Free Orange Chicken
This recipe can be made from start to finish in under 40 minutes!
- Wash and dry your chicken, then cut the chicken into a 1-inch piece.
- Add the chicken and sesame seed oil to a large frying pan, and cook until fully browned.
- In a medium-sized bowl add the freshly squeezed orange juice, zest, coconut aminos, honey, chili powder, garlic, and salt. Whisk together then set aside.
- Once the chicken is fully cooked, drain any excess juice with a colander, place the chicken in a separate bowl, and set it aside.
- Pour the sauce into the pan and bring to a bowl. Once the sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder to a small bowl and mix in two teaspoons of water. This will create a slurry to help thicken the sauce. Pour the slurry mixture into the simmering sauce and whisk until fully dissolved.
- Continue to whisk the sauce every so often as it begins to thicken.
- Once the sauce has thickened, add the cooked chicken back to the pan, and toss the chicken until fully coated in the sauce.
What To Serve With Gluten-Free Orange Chicken
The recipe pairs well with any Asian grains or vegetables depending on your preference.
- Green beans
- Cauliflower rice
- Bok choy
- Green Onion
- White Rice
- Red Pepper
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Gluten-Free Orange Chicken (Dairy-Free)
- 1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
- 1½ cups fresh orange juice 5 large navel oranges squeezed
- 1/4 cup coconut-aminos
- 1 teaspoon chili paste
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
- Wash and dry your chicken, then with a sharp knife and cutting board, cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces.
- In a large frying pan add the chicken and sesame seed oil. Cook on medium heat until fully browned (around 8-10 minutes). While the chicken is cooking you can start to create the sauce.
- In a medium-size bowl add the fresh orange juice, zest, coconut aminos, honey, garlic powder, and salt. Whisk all the ingredients together.
- Once the chicken is fully cooked, drain any excess juice with a colander, then transfer to a large bowl.
- Return the frying pan to the stove, and turn the heat to high. Add the sauce to the frying pan, bringing it to a boil. Once with sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium and allow the sauce to simmer.
- In a small bowl mix together a teaspoon of arrowroot powder with two teaspoons of water. Then pour the slurry mixture into the simmering pan, whisking thoroughly until dissolved.
- Continue to simmer the sauce for 12-15 minutes, or until thickened. You will know the sauce is done when it coats the back of a spoon.
- Once the sauce has thickened, turn off the heat and add the cooked chicken back to the pan, coating the chicken until fully covered.
- Serve immediately with steamed vegetables or rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or green onions. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.