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Easy 30 Minute Healthy Orange Chicken

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This easy 30 minute healthy Orange Chicken is full of real ingredients, great fresh flavor, and is perfectly easy for any night of the week! Your family will be begging for you to make it again and again!

 

 

orange chicken in bowl with spoon and napkin

 

Orange Chicken is one of those meals that I want to love sooo much but have a hard time enjoying. Its so hard to find a recipe (or something to order off a menu) that actually tastes like it has any orange in it at all. Seriously, why is it called orange chicken if the only thing “orange” about it is the fact that there are 4 tiny strips of orange peel in it? Between that and the seriously amount of breading (and frying) and fake ingredients – its really hard to love Orange Chicken. But I want to soooo much!

 

This meal would be awesome with a great vegetable side dish – pick one out from my Asian Vegetable Recipes roundup, filled with  easy, simple and family friendly side dish recipes!

 

 

orange chicken in bowl with rice on wood background

 

Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

I set out to find and make my own version of orange chicken. One that actually has oranges in it, with real ingredients. Something that tastes great, is easy to make, and is healthy for you! Our whole family loves this healthy orange chicken recipe! Its ready in about 30 minutes, its easy, it tastes great, and its healthy! AND even my kiddos like it! Say what?! It’s seriously a weeknight winner!

 

How to Make Easy Orange Chicken

This recipe is so simple to make!

  1. Stir together orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, rice vinegar, olive oil, ginger and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the sauce in a hot skillet and simmer, until thickened (read the instructions below for more complete directions).
  3. Remove the sauce from the pan and set aside. Return the skillet to the oven and wipe out with a cloth.
  4. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and coat in cornstarch.
  5. Cook in the hot skillet, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the chicken from the skillet when done and toss with the sauce.
  7. Serve with segmented oranges, chopped green onions, sesame seeds, and rice.

 

bowl with rice and orange chicken

 

 

Healthy Orange Chicken Shortcuts:

  • Use microwave rice pouches to cut down on cooking time.
  • Some stores like Whole Foods sell orange segments precut! I love this option because there is no pith included in the segments. Plus they are pretty and easy!
  • The sauce can be made up to 1 day ahead of time and stored in an air-tight glass container. Reheat it before you toss in the chicken.

 

 

Interested in adding more Asian flavors to your weeknight meals but not sure how to make it actually doable? Check out my Beginner’s Guide to Asian Cuisine for easy tips and recipes that are weeknight and kid-friendly and will help your weeknight meals be a win!

 

 

Yield: 4 servings

Easy 30 Minute Orange Chicken

Easy 30 Minute Orange Chicken

This easy and healthy Orange Chicken is perfect for any weeknight dinner!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • zest of half an orange
  • 1 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Chicken:

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 TBSP cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1 " cubes

For serving:

  • 1 medium orange, peeled and segmented
  • green onions, sliced
  • sesame seeds
  • 2 cups hot cooked ice

Instructions

To make the sauce:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add in the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  • Add in the orange juice mixture to the skillet.
  • Bring to a low bowl.
  • In a small bowl, stir together 2 tsp of the hot sauce with the cornstarch, and then dump that back into the pan and whisk well.
  • Boil for 2 minutes, and then turn down to a simmer and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until it thickens up.
  • Transfer to a bowl and cover - allow to sit on the counter while you prepare the chicken.

Chicken:

  • In a large skillet over medium/high heat, heat up the remaining olive oil.
  • In a large ziplock bag, add the chicken, cornstarch and salt and pepper to taste. Seal and shake to evenly coat the chicken.
  • Dump the chicken into the hot skillet and cook until brown and crispy (about 3 minutes per side)
  • When the chicken is done, remove from heat.
  • Add in the sauce and toss to coat.
  • Top with sesame seeds, green onions, and segmented oranges.
  • Serve with white rice and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 362 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 96mg Sodium: 456mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Protein: 37g
Find other easy and healthy 30 minute meals here!

 

 

11 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathleen
    July 5, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    This sounds so good! We love orange chicken! Definitely will be having this asap!

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    July 6, 2017 at 11:16 PM

    Looks Delish! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply
    Mallory
    July 7, 2017 at 3:45 AM

    This looks great! Adding it to my meal plan this week!

  • Reply
    Jenny.U
    July 12, 2017 at 12:18 PM

    How about…..chicken parmesan?!

  • Reply
    Rose
    July 12, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    We love tater tot casserole but it’s not healthy at all!!

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    July 12, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Hmm maybe creamy cheese enchiladas?

  • Reply
    Connie Casteel
    July 12, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    General’s chicken! I love it but it is usually too sweet and/or too spicy. 🙂

  • Reply
    Erin T
    July 12, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    I would love a healthy enchilada recipe!

  • Reply
    Anne
    July 12, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    I’m always looking for ways to make Asian-inspired meals at home! Thanks, Jenni.

  • Reply
    Anne
    July 12, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Yes! Nate loves Asian-inspired food, and I struggle making it at home. Thanks, Jenni!

  • Reply
    Anne
    July 12, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Maybe Beef & Broccoli?

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