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A photo showing a plate of gluten-free orange chicken on a bed of white rice. Two oranges are on the plate as decoration and set of chopsticks lie next to the plate.

Gluten-Free Orange Chicken (Dairy-Free)

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. 
Cuisine Chinese
Diet Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 347kcal


  • pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
  • cups fresh orange juice 5 large navel oranges squeezed
  • ¼ cup coconut-aminos
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder


  • Wash and dry your chicken, then with a sharp knife and cutting board, cut chicken pieces into 1-inch cubes.
  • Add the chicken pieces to a large frying pan with the sesame oil. Cook through on medium heat until golden brown (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 the chicken pieces to a small bowl.
  • Return the frying pan to the stove, and turn the burner to medium-high heat. Pour the sauce into 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.
  • Create a slurry by mixing a teaspoon of arrowroot powder with two teaspoons of water in a small bowl. Pour the slurry mixture into the simmering juice, 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 broccoli, green beans, cauliflower rice, white or brown rice. Garnish with sesame seeds or green onions.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 162mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg