20 Minute Healthier Orange Chicken

This 20 minute healthier orange chicken is the perfect weeknight dish. Why pay for take out when you can make this quick and easy dish from scratch. Trust me, you’ll LOVE this dish it’s seriously that EASY!

This 20 minute healthier orange chicken is the perfect weeknight dish. Why pay for take out when you can make this quick and easy dish from scratch. Trust me, you'll LOVE this dish it's seriously that EASY!

I have this weird love hate relationship with Chinese food. I love it for the fact that it’s typically cheap, fast and always available but I hate it for the fact that I’m always a little worried about why it’s so cheap. How can good (as in quality) food cost so little? Well, the fact is that it’s probably not good quality.

Yeah, no thanks.

I’m mean I’m not a food elitist or anything. I’m not sitting here on some sorta food pedestal. I will (when necessary) go face deep in a box of chicken nuggets with sweet sour sauce BUT for the most part I try to keep it real. You know?

This 20 minute healthier orange chicken is the perfect weeknight dish. Why pay for take out when you can make this quick and easy dish from scratch. Trust me, you'll LOVE this dish it's seriously that EASY!

This where this quick and easy meal comes into play. It’s ready in 20 minutes and is about a million times better than anything you could get delivered. It’s full of fresh orange flavor and perfect when served with brown rice and a big side of vegetables. I like it served with broccoli but you live your life and serve it with anything you see fit.

I don’t run your vegetable filled life. Your life. Your vegetable choice.

This 20 minute healthier orange chicken is the perfect weeknight dish. Why pay for take out when you can make this quick and easy dish from scratch. Trust me, you'll LOVE this dish it's seriously that EASY!

I’m also not opposed to you serving it with zero rice or vegetable and just eating it straight from the pan. I’m super classy. I’m assuming the majority of my audience is just as class as myself.

Now, get into the kitchen and make this chicken. You will not be sorry. TRUST ME!

Oh and be prepared to burn your Chinese take-out menu because you won’t need them ever again. Especially since you will now be armed with this recipe and these other take out inspired recipes – spicy cashew chicken, easy beef and vegetable stir-fry, shiitake mushroom and kale ramen and spicy beef with peanuts.

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20 Minute Healthier Orange Chicken

This 20 minute healthier orange chicken is the perfect weeknight dish. Why pay for take out when you can make this quick and easy dish from scratch. Trust me, you'll LOVE this dish it's seriously that EASY

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken breast tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more if desired
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, optional

Directions:

In a large nonstick skillet set over medium high heat add coconut oil. Once the oil is hot add in the chicken and cook until lightly browned and fully cooked - about 8 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan and place the pan back on the heat. Add in orange juice, garlic, coconut sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, orange zest, fish sauce, grated ginger and red pepper flakes. Bring to a slight boil.

In a small bowl mix together cornstarch and cold water until the cornstarch is fully dissolved.

Add cornstarch to the orange mixture and mix together until slightly thickened. This will not take too long so keep an eye on the mixture.

Once you have reached your desired thickness remove from the heat, stir in your sesame seeds and add the chicken back to the pan and toss with the sauce.

Serve with brown rice and vegetables if desired.

This 20 minute healthier orange chicken is the perfect weeknight dish. Why pay for take out when you can make this quick and easy dish from scratch. Trust me, you'll LOVE this dish it's seriously that EASY!

25 Responses to “20 Minute Healthier Orange Chicken”

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    Kristen @A Mind Full MOm — January 13, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Ha! love that you stated a fear of mine–worry because Chinese is so cheap 🙂 This looks great and beats any take-out any day of the week!

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    Christie — January 13, 2016 at 7:59 am

    My husband spent about 15 years in Singapore so he is very picky about Chinese food. He would love this recipe and since we don’t have a Chinese restaurant that delivers it will be so much quicker to make too.

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    Marye — January 13, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Orange chicken is one of my favorite things to get on the rare occasion that we order Chinese food. This looks delicious!

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    Ali @ Home & Plate — January 13, 2016 at 8:45 am

    This looks delicious. I always just order my chinese from the local carryout. Now I can make this at home and pretty certain homemade will be healthier and tastier. Will have to give this a try.

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    Beth — January 13, 2016 at 9:46 am

    A 20 minute dinner? CONVINCED!!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — January 13, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Right there with you on the love hate relationship with Chinese food, seriously what is making it so cheap…I probably don’t want to know. Orange chicken is one of my top picks for takeout, so happy you created this healthier version!

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    Running to the Kitchen — January 13, 2016 at 10:21 am

    This orange chicken look delicious! Love that it’s ready in just 20 minutes. So simple!

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    Sara — January 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I most definitely want to try this, it looks like a dinner my whole family would eat and who could ever say no to a 20 minute meal!?

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    Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife — January 13, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I want to live where you live if Chinese food is cheap there! 🙂 I never order orange chicken because it’s usually fried up and there’s so much batter, but this orange chicken looks stunning and the recipe sounds amazing! And in 20 minutes? Sold!

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    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — January 13, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Good Chinese food is seriously lacking in my small town. I was just wondering what kind of real food to make on a nutso night like tonight, and now I have my answer!

    P.S. I’m glad I’m not the only one that occasionally trips and falls face first into a pile of chicken nuggets.

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — January 13, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    You always have the best quick meals 🙂 My family would love this (and probably much better than the local restaurants out here!)

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    Taylor@Food Faith Fitness — January 13, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Such a great spin on a classic meal!

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    Laura — January 13, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I too have issues with Chinese American food despite loving it. I love that you served this with broccoli–speaking of cost, etc, it always boggles my mind that if I ask for broccoli with orange beef (which I love) I get like 2 pieces. How could the broccoli be more expensive than the beef????? Eeek! Looks delicious and I am going to try!

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    Brenda@SugarfreeMom — January 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I love take out fake out recipes like this! pinning!

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    Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner — January 13, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    This looks amazing and I love quick and simple it is… great dinner idea!

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    Cookin Canuck — January 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    This looks 1000 times better than orange chicken that would come from a restaurant! Loving the light version.

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    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life — January 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    We don’t have much in the way of Chinese food here, but the kids do love it. I’d love to try your healthier version…it looks delicious!

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    Rachel @ Simple Seasonal — January 13, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    This looks really tasty!

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    Tori — January 14, 2016 at 4:52 am

    My life just got 10 times better in the last 5 seconds! This looks so great and I can’t believe how easy you’ve made it!

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    Kristyn — January 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I love fast but healthy recipes! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Kim Henrichs — January 15, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Ooh, I love orange chicken – definitely trying this!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — January 17, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I could definitely see myself eating this straight from the pan and not even telling my husband that dinner is ready. All mine. LOL

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    Christa — February 8, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    This recipe was a winner at my house! My kids loved this better than the other orange chickens we have tried. It was so fresh tasting and easy to make!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — February 14th, 2016 @ 10:40 pm

      Hi Christa! Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the chicken! It’s a HUGE favorite around here and I agree – it’s so fresh tasting!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — February 9, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I am so making this for dinner one night this week!

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