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Paleo Orange Chicken

White plate with Paleo Orange Chicken, cauliflower fried rice, and steamed broccoli on the plate.

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”

                                                         (Robert Urich)

Hey, hey my friends! I bet you’ve been wondering what has happened to me this week. I normally post three new recipes each week and so far, it’s Wednesday and this recipe for Paleo Orange Chicken is the first recipe I have posted.

I decided to take last weekend and part of this week off to enjoy Memorial Day Holiday with my family. It was a wonderful and refreshing time but I’m back in the kitchen and whipping up some wonderful, healthy, whole foods recipes for my friends – that’s you all! 🙂

If you’re a big fan of Chinese food and especially Orange Chicken, (like I am) then you’re going to love this Paleo Orange Chicken since it is a much healthier alternative.

My recipe for Paleo Orange Chicken can also be made Whole 30 compliant by subbing the Liquid Aminos for compliant Fish Sauce or Coconut Aminos.


 

A white plate with Paleo Orange Chicken with cauliflower fried rice and seasoned steamed broccoli on the plate. A white, yellow, and gray striped towel is placed beside the plate and it all sits on a board.

 

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”

                                                                                                                                                                               (Julia Child)

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty of this Paleo orange chicken.

In creating this recipe I have taken simple, non-processed, whole and fresh ingredients and combined them for a mouth watering combination of flavor.

I have slowly been changing my mindset about food and thinking of food as fuel for my body and not simply tasty morsels that I pop in my mouth.

This Paleo Orange Chicken is a perfect example of a flavorful, body nourishing meal without adding any ingredients that your body won’t like.

 

A white plate with Paleo Orange Chicken with cauliflower fried rice and seasoned steamed broccoli on the plate. A white, yellow, and gray striped towel is placed beside the plate and it all sits on a board.

 

Paleo Orange Chicken Basics…

I started out by laying out all of my ingredients.

So for this Paleo Orange Chicken you’ll need: crushed red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, ground ginger, salt,  liquid aminos (or fish sauce, soy sauce, or coconut aminos), rice vinegar, fresh minced garlic, and two organic oranges, along with some sesame oil and one pound of boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets or chicken tenders.

 

A white cutting board with all ingredients to make Orange Chicken. The white cutting board has a bottle of crushed red pepper, ground black pepper, salt, ground ginger, minced fresh garlic, liquid aminos, rice vinegar, and two oranges.

 

Slice your oranges in half and use a citrus press to squeeze the orange juice from the oranges or squeeze the juice out with your hand.

 

A white cutting board with one whole orange, an orange sliced in half, and a yellow citrus squeezer.

 

Just make sure when squeezing the orange juice that you have removed any seeds that may be hiding and squeeze the juice into a large plastic or glass bowl with an airtight lid – this is the bowl you will be marinating the chicken in.

 

A plastic container with orange juice and a half squeezed orange held in a hand.

 

Once you’ve squeezed the juice from the orange, use a fork to scrape the inside of the orange and remove the pulp.

Add that pulp into the bowl with the orange juice – this just adds a little more flavor.

 

A plastic container with fresh squeezed orange juice and orange pulp in the container.

 

Orange Chicken Marinade:

Once the orange juice and orange pulp is in your bowl, add in the crushed red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, salt, ground ginger, liquid aminos, rice vinegar, and fresh minced garlic.

Stir your marinade well with a fork or small whisk and make sure there are no lumps from the seasonings.

 

 A plastic container with fresh squeezed orange juice and orange pulp, crushed red pepper, ginger, black pepper, liquid aminos, and rice vinegar.

 

Rinse your chicken and then cut it all into bite sized chunks.

 

A white cutting board with raw, boneless skinless chicken cutlets cut into chunks.

 

Add the chicken into the marinade, stir it in and make sure all of the chicken is covered by the marinade, then place the lid on the bowl and marinate the paleo orange chicken in the fridge overnight.

 

Raw chicken breasts cut into chunks marinating in the orange chicken sauce in a plastic container.

 

Time to cook it!

The next evening when you’re ready to cook the chicken, pour one teaspoon of pure sesame oil into a large skillet and heat the oil over medium high heat until hot.

Place the chicken in the skillet, discard the marinade, and cook the chicken on medium heat, stirring often.

 

Orange Chicken in a large black skillet cooking on the stove.

 

Cook the chicken uncovered, until cooked through.

This chicken is going to be really juicy but don’t worry, the liquid will evaporate as it cooks if you leave the chicken uncovered.

 

A large black skillet with chunks of Orange Chicken cooking in the skillet.

 

Dinner is served!

Once the chicken is cooked, serve it over some cauliflower fried rice with a side of steamed broccoli and enjoy!

I buy the frozen cauliflower rice with carrots and green peas and just cook it according to package directions, adding in liquid aminos, ground ginger, and two scrambled eggs to complete the fried rice.

 

A white plate with Paleo Orange Chicken with cauliflower fried rice and seasoned steamed broccoli on the plate. A white, yellow, and gray striped towel is placed beside the plate and it all sits on a board.

 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe for Paleo Orange Chicken as much as me and my family did!

I even made extra and portioned it out for lunches throughout the week.

This recipe re-heats well and tastes just as good reheated as it did the day it was made!

Here’s to a happy and healthy summer to you all!

-Amy

 

 

 

Paleo Orange Chicken

A clean, whole foods recipe that is simple and delicious. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Asian orange chicken, Better Than Take Out Orange Chicken, Chinese orange chicken, easy orange chicken, orange chicken, paleo orange chicken, whole 30 orange chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
marinate 1 day
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets cut into chunks
  • 2 large organic oranges (the juice and pulp)
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Instructions

MARINADE INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Slice the oranges in half, remove any seeds, and squeeze the orange juice into a large bowl with an airtight lid. Use a fork to scrape the inside of the orange to remove the pulp and add in the juice.

  2. Add in the red pepper, liquid aminos, rice vinegar, salt, black pepper, ginger, and  garlic and stir until no lumps remain.

  3. Cut the chicken breast cutlets into bite sized chunks and place in the bowl with the marinade. 

  4. Stir the chicken into the marinade, ensuring that it is all covered evenly and then place the lid on the bowl and marinate overnight in the fridge. 

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place the sesame oil in a large skillet on the stove and heat on medium high heat until the oil is hot.

  2. Add in the marinated chicken (discarding the marinade) and cook on medium heat, stirring regularly, until the chicken is cooked through.

  3. Serve the chicken with cauliflower fried rice and steamed broccoli or your choice of sides and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Liquid aminos can be replaced with coconut aminos, fish sauce, or soy sauce according to your preferred tastes. 

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