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This 30-Minute Healthy Orange Chicken comes together easily and quickly, without the mess of batter and frying. It’s easy on the waist and big on taste!
Prep Time : 20minutes 
Cook Time : 10minutes 
Total Time : 30minutes 
Servings    : 4


  • 2 tsp freshly grated orange zest
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juiceapproximately 2 medium oranges
  •  cup brown sugartightly packed
  • 2 TB Asian white rice vinegar
  • 3 TB Tamari*
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cornstarchfully dissolved in 1 TB water
  • 2 tsp olive or canola oil
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless/skinless chicken thighschicken breast can be used, though dark meat yields more tender results
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 stalks scallionsthinly sliced
  • Optional: Cooked rice for serving
  • some barcoli add


  • Prep the Sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, Sriracha, ginger, garlic powder, and dissolved cornstarch. Whisk until there are no white streaks left from the cornstarch.
  • Cook Chicken: Towel dry the pieces of chicken, as it’s important to remove excess moisture for even browning. Cut into bite-size pieces. In a large nonstick pan, heat oil over high heat until hot. Add chicken and kosher salt. Cook and stir until chicken is just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer cooked chicken to a bowl and cover to keep warm.
  • Heat Sauce: In now-empty pan, add the orange sauce mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, 30 seconds. Return the cooked chicken back to pan, along with any accumulated juices. Toss to coat chicken.
  • Serve: Serve immediately over cooked rice. Sprinkle with scallions for garnish and extra Sriracha sauce on the side, if desired. Leftovers can be covered and refrigerated for several days.


This recipe is part of our Healthy Takeout Dishes collection.

We use tamari gluten-free, pure soybean soy sauce, as it has a depth of flavor beyond “normal” soy sauce and tends to be less salty. If you need to further cut down on sodium, you may use low sodium soy sauce.

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Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.6g | Protein: 39.5g | Fat: 6.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 124.1mg | Sodium: 529.1mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1.2g
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