Quick & Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

Lighten-Up Takeout at Home

Orange chicken is a takeout staple for a reason. It's freakin' good. It's crunchy, sticky, sweet, tangy, savory, and just plain addictive. Unfortunately, like most takeout, it's usually loaded with deeply unsettling amounts of sodium, fat, preservatives, and mystery ingredients -- eek!

So if you're looking to satisfy that takeout craving sans the inevitable guilt and bloat that follows, then have I got a treat for you. This healthy orange chicken recipe packs the same classic orange chicken flavor you love using only fresh ingredients and lightened-up cooking methods. I dare-say it's better than the "real thing".

healthy orange chicken recipe

Healthed-Up Orange Chicken Recipe

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes

By using whole, organic ingredients and sautéing rather than breading and frying the chicken, this lightened-up orange chicken recipe is a nourishing meal fit for your family. Serve it with brown rice and stir fried vegetables for a quick and easy weeknight meal.


  • 2.5 lbs. organic boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces

  • salt and white pepper

  • 3 tbsp. avocado oil

  • orange chicken sauce (recipe below)

  • sliced scallions for garnish

Orange Chicken Sauce

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

  • Zest of one orange

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (or Tamari or Coconut Aminos)

  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

  • 3 tbsp. organic sweet thai chili sauce

  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes

  • 3 tbsp. corn starch


  • Whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce mixture and set aside.

  • Season the chicken generously with salt and white pepper. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté for about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and cooked through.

  • Pour in the orange chicken sauce, and stir to combine. Let the sauce come to a boil, then boil for an additional minute or two until thickened. Remove from heat and serve immediately with brown rice, quinoa, or vegetables.

  • Garnish with scallions.

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