Whole 30 Orange Chicken Recipe

Easy 30 Minute Orange Chicken

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: 30 Minute Meal
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Asian


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



  • 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


  • 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


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.


  • 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!