Easy, Tasty, Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe

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Our family adores orange chicken, but here’s the rub: one of us is gluten-intolerant, another of us can’t eat much fat, and none of us like eating poorly anyway – we dislike the low, drained, “bleugh” feeling that sets in for a day or so after eating junk. But we love flavorsome food. Nobody wants to eat bland, boring grub. So I came up with a fast, healthy, easy orange chicken recipe that’s bursting with deliciousness but won’t make you pile on the pounds or feel yucky afterwards. It’s gluten and dairy-free, too.

Healthy Orange Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Delicious healthy orange chicken. Bursting with fresh citrus flavor, devilishly sticky, and insanely easy to make. It’ll be a family favorite in no time.

Servings: 4 people
Author: Katy Willis
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • A selection of stirfry vegetables. We use whatever we have to hand – onions, peppers, bean sprouts, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, corn, etc
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 1/3 cups of rice
  • 1 chicken stockpot or 100 mls of chicken stock
  1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat, Add onion, garlic, chicken, and salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is lightly browned and almost cooked through and onions are soft. Then stir in the chicken stockpot or 100 mls of chicken stock. 

  2. Take a jug and add orange juice, soy sauce, honey, cornstarch, rice wine vinegar, ginger, white pepper, and chilli. Add the orange zest and lime zest, then squeeze in the juice from both. 

  3. To the pan, add in your chosen vegetables, then pour over the sauce and stir thoroughly. Cover.

  4. While the chicken is cooking, add the rice to a pan or steamer. Depending on your cooking method, this can take up to 30 minutes. Drain rice, and serve the orange chicken on top. Enjoy!

[callout style=”green” title=”Tip” centertitle=”true” align=”center”]For a coated, stickier dish, toss the chicken in gluten-free flour, and add to the saute pan with the onion, garlic, and a tiny bit of olive oil. Once it’s browned, continue with the rest of the recipe.[/callout] [callout style=”green” title=”Tip” centertitle=”true” align=”center”]Make it even more sweet ‘n’ sour by adding some chopped pineapple when you add the veg. [/callout]

Want some more delicious but healthier recipes? Check out our dairy and gluten-free spring rolls. Quick, easy, and so tasty.

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