– A 7-ingredient recipe for grilled chicken smothered in a sticky & spicy orange sauce. Healthy Orange Chicken Recipes quick, healthy& on the table in under 30 minutes!

Throughout my high school years, my mama drove my younger brother to his trumpet lesson every Monday evening. As a talented musician( he now composes his own pieces !), he rarely missed a session, but since they objective right around dinnertime, Mom rarely cooked on those nights either.

Instead, she usually picked up take-out on their route home, and with Panda Express as the only eatery between the music store and the superhighway, that’s normally what appeared on the kitchen counter after they strolled in from the garage.

Occasionally, Mom tried to sneak in a somewhat healthier side, like eggplant tofu or steamed veggies, but we usually ignored those and dove straight out into our favorites: broccoli beef and orange chicken. Although we sometimes objective up with leftovers of the former, the latter always vanished within minutes. That spicy sauce was addictive!

Healthy Orange Chicken Recipes

Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe

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Then one night a few weeks ago, I strolled in from running errands to find my guy with a Styrofoam container on the coffee table with a double serving of the same Panda Express orange chicken mostly gone. Since I had never seen him eat their take-out before, I asked if it was his favorite of their entrees, and he nodded an emphatic yes.

Because I opt grilled chicken over fried, I’d rather not eat the Panda Express dish, so I set out to attain my own healthier version. After a few tweaks, this Spicy Orange Chicken with its sticky, tangy sauce earned two big thumbs up from my guy’s picky palate!

I tried really hard to limit this recipe to only 5 ingredients because after baking and rinsing dishes all day, I don’t want to cook and clean anymore than I have to. But according to my guy, the sauce needed a little more salt and sweetness.

As the star of the demonstrate, this sauce is sweet and spicy and bright and tangy and lick-the-pan-clean good. That also means there’s a pretty hefty sauce-to-chicken ratio, which should fulfill all of you sauce lovers! My guy likes to put his over rice, but me … Simply hand me a spoon!

So this sauce … Super simple, you guys. It’s mostly orange juice, with a little soy sauce and honey for those salty and sweet notes my guy wanted, along with a clue of orange zest and cayenne (or as much as your spicy meter can manage!), and is thickened with cornstarch.
You’ll cook the sauce second, after removing the chicken from the pan( gotta love one-pot meals-fewer dishes to cleanse!), because the sauce coagulates faster when it’s the only thing in the pan.

Then just add the chicken back in, devote everything a stir, and dinner is on the table
And since it fully satisfies my guy’s picky palate, this orange chicken has earned itself a permanent place on our weekly dinner rotation.

Healthy Orange Chicken Recipes This Chinese take-out makeover tastes even better than the original! The sticky sauce that suffocates the chicken is sweet, spicy, bright, and tangy all at the same time. The recipe is easily halved or doubled.

Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe

Yields: 4 servings Healthy Orange Chicken Recipes

4 tsp (20mL) honey
3 tbsp (45mL) low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp (16g) cornstarch
⅛ – ¼ tsp (<1g) cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 tsp (2g) orange zest (optional, about 1 mandarin orange)
1 c (240mL) orange juice
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat

To prepare the sauce, whisk together the orange juice, cornstarch, soy sauce, cayenne, honey, and orange zest in a small bowl. Set aside.

Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Lightly coat a large pan with nonstick cook spray. Cook the chicken over medium-low hot for 4-6 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center and cooked through. Turn out the chicken onto a plate.

Whisk the sauce once more, then pours it into the same skillet. Cook over medium-low hot for 6-8 minutes, stirring constantly, or until the sauce has thickened and reduced by about a third. Reduce the hot to low, add the chicken, and stir until it’s completely covered in sauce.

Notes: Freshly squeezed and orange juice from a container both study. Agave or brown carbohydrate may be substituted for the honey.gluten-free, clean eating, low-fat, low-pitched calorie, low-pitched carb, high protein.

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