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Healthy Orange Chicken

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  • Author: Diana
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Cuisine: Asian


This amazing recipe is a healthier take on the classic orange chicken but with all the flavor. It is not deep fried, contains a lower amount of sodium, and uses fresh orange juice and brown sugar for sweetness.


  • lbs chicken breast or chicken thighs cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sesame seeds (Optional)
  • 2 green onions, chopped (Optional)


  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) water

Orange sauce

  • ½ cup (118 ml) fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange zest
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce **See notes
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ cup (50 g) brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red pepper flakes **See notes
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch


  1. Mix the ingredients for the marinade in a medium-sized bowl. Add the chicken and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the orange sauce and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the three cloves of garlic. Stir fry for about 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook until golden brown.
  4. Add the sauce to the pan, lower the heat, and simmer for a few minutes until it thickens.
  5. Serve immediately and garnish with the sesame seeds and/or green onion.


You can substitute hoisin sauce with teriyaki or oyster sauce.

Use your favorite hot chili sauce instead of the red pepper flakes to add spiciness to this dish.