Orange Chicken Makeover

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Sweet, spicy and flavorful – this makeover Asian Orange Chicken is a lighter and healthier alternative to the popular Chinese fast food take-out dish and it’s quick and easy to make!

Sweet, spicy and flavorful – this makeover Asian Orange Chicken is a lighter and healthier alternative to the popular Chinese fast food take-out dish and it's quick and easy to make!Orange Chicken Makeover

I love taking popular American-Chinese fast food dishes and making them over! You have so much more control of what you’re consuming when you cook your own food. A few favorite fast food makeovers are Chicken and Broccoli, General Tsos Chicken and Pepper Steak.

Orange Chicken is usually battered and deep fried. To be honest, this is not a dish I would order because I’m not a fan of battered sweet Chinese dishes, but I was happy to tackle a lighter version. My solution was to skip all that frying, and make a flavorful orange sauce. The outcome was great, and my husband even gave it two thumbs up!

Asian orange sauce is super easy and simple to make. It’s certainly a healthier option than using a bottled orange sauce with unknown ingredients and higher sugar content. To make this Asian orange sauce you’ll need fresh squeezed orange juice, chicken broth, soy sauce, a bit of sugar, rice wine, rice vinegar, sriracha, corn starch and some white pepper. You can even put this sauce over a white fish like Tilapia or over some sauteed veggies.

I served this over Cauliflower “Fried Rice” but you could even saute some bell peppers, snow peas, broccoli or asparagus and add them at the end.

Sweet, spicy and flavorful – this makeover Asian Orange Chicken is a lighter and healthier alternative to the popular Chinese fast food take-out dish and it's quick and easy to make!

Sweet, spicy and flavorful – this makeover Asian Orange Chicken is a lighter and healthier alternative to the popular Chinese fast food take-out dish and it's quick and easy to make!
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Orange Chicken Makeover

288 Cals 32.5 Protein 18 Carbs 9 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Chinese, Japanese
Sweet, spicy and flavorful – this makeover Asian Orange Chicken is a lighter and healthier alternative to the popular Chinese fast food take-out dish and it's quick and easy to make!

Ingredients

For the Orange Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce, Tamari for gluten-free
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp Chinese rice wine
  • 1 tbsp sriracha, or more to taste
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

For the chicken:

  • 20 oz skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into small cubes
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1- inch grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  • Mix the orange sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Season the chicken lightly with salt and coat evenly with corn starch, set aside.
  • Heat a wok on high heat, add 1 teaspoon of sesame oil and add half of the chicken. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side until well browned, set aside.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of oil and chicken and repeat cooking 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Set aside with the rest of the chicken.
  • Add remaining teaspoon of oil and quickly stir-fry the minced garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the orange zest then return the chicken to the pan.
  • Quickly stir the chicken then add the orange sauce and cook until the sauce thickens,about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Divide between 4 plates and garnish with the scallion and sesame seeds.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 32.5g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 463mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 9g
WW Points Plus: 8
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Sweet, spicy and flavorful – this makeover Asian Orange Chicken is a lighter and healthier alternative to the popular Chinese fast food take-out dish and it's quick and easy to make!

 

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145 comments

  1. Excellent…..I would recommend doubling the sauce – it’s so good!!

  2. This is one of my favorites. A lot of flavor and you’d never know you were eating something meant to be a “healthier” version!

  3. A new favorite!  We make it weekly as stir fry with carrots, broccoli and red pepper (double sauce!)

  4. Ok yes this ended up being delicious, but I just have to point out…. sesame oil is not intended for high heat cooking! The first time I tried this recipe my wok went up in flames when I added the oil!! Very scary.  Not sure how this hasn’t happened to More people. 

  5. My family basically licked their plates dry! We all loved this!

  6. Could I make this in the air fryer instead? Could I lightly coat it in the one teaspoon of sesame oil?

  7. My foodie family loved this! The only thing we changed was to grill the chicken (becasue its Spring!) then we reduced the sauce in a pan and drizzled it over chicken, broccoli and sugar snap peas! Extraordinary. Awesome because I am on WW and they are not – so excited to have a great meal that we all loved! (I just had a 1/3 C of brown rice with mine). Thanks!

  8. Do you know how much saturated and unsaturated fat is in this recipe per serving?

  9. Could you use something in place of the corn starch? maybe coconut or almond flour?

  10. Thanks for the great recipe! Been making it regularly for a while but needed to print it out again so I figured I’d comment. 🙂

    Thanks!

  11. It’s funny because this was one of the first SkinnyTaste recipes I ever tried! I remember being in the kitchen just totally lost and struggling to bring all the ingredients together. I made it again tonight (five years later) and had dinner on the table in 40 minutes. Easy peasy. I made 1.5x the orange tangy sauce (delicious) and served it over udon noodles.

  12. Made this recipe last night. Added red bell peppers and broccoli. Doubled it for my family. Was easy, fast and delicious!! Served over rice. Definitely will make again!

  13. I made this for my boyfriend’s son who only ever wants…wait for it….Panda Express. Well, he’s asking for orange chicken tonite. “Not from the store, Nichole’s.” Thank you Gina, picky 15 year old approved!!

  14. I plugged this into my fitness pal app and it said that one serving of this recipe is 1,698 calories

  15. How could you make this recipe in the instant pot?

  16. We just had this for dinner for the first time and we all loved it!  My son is on a restrict d diet for suspected food sensitivities and this recipe works perfectly for his restrictions!  The flavors were amazing and we had none left!  We will definitely have this regularly. Thank you, Gina!

  17. Can you use vinegar in place of the rice wine? Would it be the same amount in the recipe?

  18. Is this recipe 6 Smart Points or 8 Smart Points?

    It says 6 at the top of post and 8 at the bottom.

    Thanks!

  19. Really great recipe! Added some red chillies and onions & green peppers when sauteeing the garlic The sauce was on point!

  20. This was delicious! I made it with the Cauliflower Fried Rice and we really enjoyed this lighter, healthier version of a favorite. Thanks