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Orange Chicken {Paleo/ Whole30}

This Orange Chicken will make you forget about Panda Express! Orange Juice brings sweetness with no added sugar and coconut flour breads the chicken perfectly for a guilt free chinese dish! Whole30 approved & Paleo!

Back in college there was one place on campus that was CLUTCH for a tasty lunch between classes and practice. And that was the almighty Panda Express.  I would always get a bowl with chow mein and either manderin chicken or orange chicken.  If you have had their orange chicken you know what I’m talking about.  So good, so sweet and sooo coated in fried breading.  When I was a college athlete I could eat that stuff and not worry about a thing, but these days, Panda is a no-go restaurant for me.  However I still get a craving for that sweet orange sauce occasionally… so whats a gal to do?

After a bit of experimenting I managed to make a super tasty sauce that only has a few ingredients and is packed with sweet and savory flavor!  The orange juice in the recipe cooks down and brings the perfect flavor, while coconut aminos bring umami goodness.  I like to cook my chicken on the stove top in some coconut oil as opposed to baking so it can get a little crispy too and bring back those Panda vibes.  Arrowroot is such a winner in this recipe as it thickens up the sauce to coat every piece evenly.  You would never guess it is Whole30 approved and if you serve it over my Cauliflower Fried Rice, you are in for a treat!

This Orange Chicken will make you forget about Panda Express! Orange Juice brings sweetness with no added sugar and coconut flour breads the chicken perfectly for a guilt free chinese dish! Whole30 approved & Paleo!

See those little browned bits? That my friends  – is GOOD STUFF.

This Orange Chicken will make you forget about Panda Express! Orange Juice brings sweetness with no added sugar and coconut flour breads the chicken perfectly for a guilt free chinese dish! Whole30 approved & Paleo!

Did I mention I made this at my parents house?  I have granite envy…

This Orange Chicken will make you forget about Panda Express! Orange Juice brings sweetness with no added sugar and coconut flour breads the chicken perfectly for a guilt free chinese dish! Whole30 approved & Paleo!

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This Orange Chicken will make you forget about Panda Express! Orange Juice brings sweetness with no added sugar and coconut flour breads the chicken perfectly for a guilt free chinese dish! Whole30 approved & Paleo!

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Orange Chicken {Paleo/ Whole30}

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts, pounded to even level & chopped into 1 inch cube pieces
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Orange Sauce

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup coconut aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot + 1 tablespoon cold water (combined)
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Place a large saute pan over medium high heat. In a small bowl combine almond meal, coconut flour, garlic powder, ginger, salt & pepper. Crack the egg in another small bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Season the chicken pieces with a little salt and pepper the dip the chicken into the egg and completely coat. Shake off extra egg and then roll into the breading mixture until fully coated and set aside onto a plate. Repeat until all chicken is coated.
  3. Depending on the size of your pan, you will probably have to cook the chicken in two rounds. Scoop 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into the pan. Once it melts, add in about half the chicken, or just enough to not overcrowd the pan. Cook pieces for about 3 minutes then flip them and cook another 3 minutes on the other side. Remove from the pan and set aside. Continue with remaining oil and chicken until all of the chicken is cooked.
  4. In large sauté pan add in all of the sauce ingredients, except for the arrowroot.
  5. Over medium heat cook until it is brought to a boil. Once the sauce is boiling add in the arrowroot and water mixture and quickly stir until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Once the sauce is thick, toss chicken in the sauce, making sure all of the pieces are covered. Serve with cauliflower rice.
20 replies
    • Kelsey says:

      It is! And it serves about 3-4 people depending on how big the chicken breasts are! If you get really big ones it can do 4 easily!

      Reply
  1. Lilly Whorton says:

    I was not even thinking and I just used regular orange juice. How much sugar does the one from Trader Joes have? Wonder how bad I just messed up

    Reply
    • Kelsey says:

      Don’t worry about it! I use the one where orange juice is the only ingredients, grams of sugar don’t matter though!

      Reply

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