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Healthier Orange Chicken

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Healthier Orange Chicken is made with chicken, oranges, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and honey.




  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes


  • 1 ½ pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, to cook chicken
  • Garnish with sesame seeds or scallions


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, flour and soy sauce in a Ziplock back and shake until the chicken is fully coated.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce: orange juice and zest, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, honey, red pepper flakes. This is your sauce.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken in an even layer and cook, stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes. Raise the heat and pour the sauce into the skillet and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, immediately reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the chicken is coated, 5 to 10 minutes. (If the sauce needs extra thickening, see note below).
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish with sesame seeds and green onion.


  • Note: If the sauce does not thicken, mix together 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water and pour into the chicken sauce mixture.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 305
  • Sugar: 10.7 g
  • Sodium: 1023.4 mg
  • Fat: 5.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 34.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 128 mg

Keywords: Orange Chicken, Asian, Sesame Seeds