Skinny Orange Chicken

Skinny Orange Chicken Recipe | #newyears #chicken #recipe

Happy New Year’s, everyone!

I hope that your 2014 is off to a terrific start.  And hopefully, a delicious and healthy start!

So for all of you new years resolution folks who are out there scanning the world wide webosphere looking for lighter recipes after a holiday season full of sweets, you’ve come to the right place.  Because I am dedicating the entire month of January this year to sharing healthy recipes with you.  And I am stoked to kick things off with a lightened-up Chinese food classic — Skinny Orange Chicken.

This version packs all of the amazing sweet and savory orange flavor of the restaurant-style version, but with only a fraction of the calories and fat.  And it is naturally sweetened with honey.  And it can be served over rice or (my favorite) quinoa.  And it can be made in just 20 minutes from start to finish.

Interested?  You should be.  :)

Skinny Orange Chicken Recipe | #newyears #chicken #recipe

The main key to lightening up this restaurant classic is that we simply saute the chicken instead of fry it.  The chicken is sauteed until golden and drenched in an orange chicken sauce anyway, so I guarantee you won’t even miss the frying!  Plus, it saves us lots of unnecessary fat and calories in an already delicious dish.

And as I said, this skinny orange chicken recipe can literally be made in about 20 minutes.  So here’s what you need to make it happen.

Skinny Orange Chicken Recipe | #newyears #chicken #recipe

First, begin by cutting your chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.  Mine were roughly 1-inch cubed.  Then season them with lots of salt and pepper for extra flavor.

Next, we make the rockstar of this recipe — the orange chicken sauce.  This sauce really could not be simpler.  Simply whisk all of the ingredients together along with some cornstarch (for thickening), and you’re ready to go.

Chicken + Sauce.  Done.

Skinny Orange Chicken Recipe | #newyears #chicken #recipe

Next, saute the chicken in some olive oil until it is nearly cooked through.  Be sure to let it rest in the pan a bit while cooking so that the sides can get nice and browned.

Then pour in the sauce, which should come to a boil within a minute or so.  Let it boil for about 1-2 minutes, or until it’s nice and thickened.

Skinny Orange Chicken Recipe | #newyears #chicken #recipe

Then top the chicken with some extra orange zest, green onions and toasted sesame seeds, and you’re good to go!

If you want to go the traditional route, you can serve this orange chicken recipe over rice.  But I’m a big fan of eating stir-fry recipes with quinoa.  So I whipped up a quick batch for this recipe, made (as always) with chicken broth for extra flavor.

Skinny Orange Chicken Recipe | #newyears #chicken #recipe

I mean, really, just look at that gorgeous dish!

So much great flavor, and so little unnecessary fat and calories from frying the chicken.  I’m pretty positive that even your friends or family members who usually prefer the fried version will go “poco loco” over this dish.  :)

Stay tuned for more healthy recipes to come this month on Gimme Some Oven.  And cheers to a great 2014 ahead!

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Skinny Orange Chicken

This homemade orange chicken recipe comes together in just 20 minutes, and is a crazy delicious! (And healthier than the restaurant version!)


Orange Chicken Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • orange chicken sauce (ingredients below)
  • toppings: thinly-sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds, orange zest

Orange Chicken Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • zest of one orange
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

(Optional: Quinoa Ingredients)

  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth


To Make The Orange Chicken:

Season chicken generously with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute for about 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and nearly cooked through.

Pour in the orange chicken sauce, and stir to combine. Let the sauce come to a boil, then boil for an additional minute or two until thickened. Remove from heat and serve immediately over quinoa or rice. Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and additional orange zest.

To Make The Orange Chicken Sauce:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined. If you would like the sauce to be even sweeter, add an extra 2-4 tablespoons of honey.

To Make The Quinoa:

You can see my step-by-step photo tutorial for how to cook quinoa here

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If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Be sure to also check out these related recipes:

How To Cook Quinoa |

How To Cook Quinoa (A Step-By-Step Tutorial)

Healthier Sesame Chicken Recipe |

Sesame Chicken with Quinoa

Lighter Chinese Chicken Salad |

Lighter Chinese Chicken Salad

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  1. This was SOOO INCREDIBLY DEEELICIOUS!!! Best orange sauce I have ever had!
    My taste buds thank you for the AHHHMAZING healthy orange chicken recipe! :)
    Will def. be making again and again. My daughter gave me the idea to add pineapple chunks to it. We sure loved the pineapple addition! :)

    Rating: 5
    • Thank you, Laura, we’re so happy you and your family loved it! :) And we bet pineapple would be a yummy addition to this!

  2. I’ve made several orange chicken recipes and this is my favorite. It’s so light and zesty and goes great with rice or quinoa. So quick and easy too. I’ve made it following the instructions exactly and have even substituted when I didn’t quite have everything. I had a champagne vinegar that I used instead of rice wine vinegar and that really kicked it up a notch.

    Rating: 5
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  4. Second time I have made, green light to make again
    Shared with the bestie! Thanks again :)

    Rating: 5
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  6. I don’t know why I doubted this recipe. Maybe because it looks so fast and easy to make, but Oh My God. This was so amazing! Best orange chicken I ever had. It was fresh and light and full of flavor. Everything went together perfect. My boyfriend loved it as well. I will never order orange chicken out again! I am now going to explore other recipes on your blog since this was such a hit. Thank you!!

    Rating: 5
  7. I prepared the Skinny Orange Chicken for dinner last night. It was the first time I tried the recipe. The authors statement that it is a quick and easy recipe caught my attention. Normally, when a recipe reads quick and easy, it takes me twice as long as the recipe states. Not only was the time very close, the Orange Chicken turned out perfect.
    My family’s only complaint was I didn’t make enough. I saved this in my quick & easy meals. I cut up 1 chicken breast per person. There was enough for seconds, but no leftovers.

    Rating: 5
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  9. We make this at least once a week. Simple, healthy, packed with flavor, and easy to add a few carrots, celery or onion to change it up. We add a little sriracha sauce to bring some heat and cool it down with slices of orange on top that add to the presentation. THIS IS A DELICIOUS WINNER!

    Rating: 5