As a child, I always remember stopping at a Panda Express on a long road trip or a Sunday evening at P.F. Changs, and my family would order their Orange Chicken. Since I haven’t had take-out in quite a while, I started to miss this delicious meal. That’s why I give you today my Healthy Chinese Takeout Orange Chicken recipe that not only taste AMAZING, but is also really healthy. NO sugar, NO preservatives… only fresh, wholesome ingredients!
The orange chicken sauce is undeniably thick deliciousness. I mean I can eat this whole entire pot of Healthy Chinese Takeout Orange Chicken in one sitting. It’s full of protein, magnesium from the ginger, manganese from the garlic, vitamin C from the oranges, and packed with many more minerals.
Coconut aminos is a great, healthier alternative to regular soy sauce. Not only does it have a drastic decrease of sodium levels, but is soy-free and gluten-free. It’s full of minerals, vitamin C, vitamin B, and so on.
Another recommendation I have for you is to use chicken or vegetable broth for making your quinoa and orange chicken. Although you can always use water, the broth adds a much deeper flavor to the dishes. My favorite carb to pair with this orange chicken is sprouted white quinoa, along side some freshly steamed broccoli.
You will feel like your kitchen as just magically transported you into a Chinese restaurant! I absolutely love when your dishes can take you to the food’s origin.
This is a great meal to make for a big family dinner and will definitely be a famous hit! You can easily make large batches of this, since the ingredients are so simple. You can also always switch out the sprouted quinoa for some white basmati rice! Both of these carbs pair perfectly with this orange chicken.
Now, who is hungry for some healthy orange chicken? Let’s grab our aprons and start cooking!
Healthy Chinese Takeout Orange Chicken
- 1 tbsp. Fresh Ginger, minced
- 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 2 lbs. Chicken Breasts cut into 1″ pieces
- 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 cups Fresh Orange Juice *
- 1/4 cup Coconut Aminos **
- 4 tbsp. Honey
- 1/2 cup Chicken Broth or Water
- 2 tbsp. Fresh Orange Zest
- 2 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Cardamon
- In a large pot over medium heat, add the minced ginger, minced garlic, and fresh orange zest with the extra virgin olive oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
- Add in the fresh orange juice, coconut aminos, honey, broth, black pepper, sea salt, and cardamon into the large pot. Stir until all ingredients are well-combined.
- Bring to a boil, cover with a lid, and reduce heat for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- In the meantime, cook the chicken. Once the sauce has slightly thickened, add in the cooked chicken. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until flavors are absorbed.
- The sauce should be sticky enough that it creates a thick coating on each chicken piece. If not, cook on medium high for an additional 3-5 minutes, frequently stirring.
- Serve warm with freshly steamed broccoli and quinoa, or white basmati rice.
Hope you all enjoy! xxL