Low Carb Orange Chicken (Gluten Free)

I’ve been on a kick lately with oranges – or at least the flavor of them. Some of the orange recipes have been for the e-cookbook which is why you haven’t seen any yet, but I’ve got more on the way that will be posted here.


That’s what I did in my low carb version of the classic orange chicken.  Sticky and sweet, Orange Chicken was always one of my faves when we’d order Chinese takeout – before I embraced a low carb diet anyway.  So this is my gluten free, low carb Orange Chicken recipe.



It’s not as sticky or viscous as the takeout version, but it’s packed with sweet orange flavor that soaks into the crispy breading, which is made with coconut flour and just a little cornstarch.  The cornstarch adds some carbs, but it helps thicken the sauce and crisp up the chicken so it’s worth it to me.

You can use chicken breast but I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they don’t dry out like breast meat, and they give you that slightly chewy texture that you usually get in the “real” thing when you order out.



I served this low carb orange chicken with a spicy Sriracha roasted broccoli.  If you’ve been craving some Chinese takeout, this low carb recipe for Orange Chicken will hopefully take the edge off!  It did for me anyway!  Let me know what your favorite Chinese takeout dish is and I’ll put it on my list of recipes to try and make over soon!  🙂



Ingredients :

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, chopped
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp GF soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 2 tsp sweetener*
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp scallions, chopped

Instructions :

  1. Chop the chicken thighs into bite sized pieces.
  2. Combine the cornstarch and coconut flour in a medium sized bowl and season with salt & pepper. Add the chicken to the flour mixture and toss well until fully coated.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a large saute pan. Cook the chicken in small batches until golden brown and no longer pink. Remove the chicken to a plate or bowl.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the ginger, orange juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, orange extract, sweetener, water, and coriander in a blender or magic bullet – blend until smooth.
  5. Pour into a saute pan and cook until reduced by half. Add the chicken back to the sauce and stir to coat. Cook for about two minutes and then add the orange zest, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes and scallions. Cook for another minute, then remove from the heat and serve garnished with more orange zest if preferred.

Written by Healthy Cat

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