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Delicious Gluten-Free Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

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Are you looking for a flavor-filled chicken recipe that you can get on the table fast and have delicious leftovers for the next day? This Easy Gluten-Free Orange Chicken Recipe is always a big hit! It’s tender and succulent with a sweet and spicy garlic-infused Orange Sauce. Kids and adults love it.

Orange Chicken in white pot

We love chicken, and having a new recipe in your arsenal is nice. This one was a big hit with my husband. I served it with rice and steamed broccoli with extra marinade at the table. If you love these recipes like our Easy Crusted Chicken Romano then you will love this one!

Pot of Orange Chicken

What’s Special About This Orange Chicken Recipe

  • The chicken is tender and succulent
  • The sauce is simple and excellent with garlic, orange, and ginger.
  • Easy to get on the table
  • Simple ingredients that kids and adults love!
  • Restaurant quality chicken you can make at home
  • The leftovers taste just as good!
  • Gluten-Free

Just a few ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Fresh Orange and Zest
  • Almond Flour or any GF Flour
  • Cornstarch or Tapioca Starch/Flour
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Ginger Powder or Fresh Ginger
  • Garlic Powder and Fresh Garlic
  • Olive Oil or Canola Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Sesame Seeds and Scallions for Garnish
  • Eggs
Ingredients for Orange Chicken
Orange Juice and Zest, Almond Flour, Maple Syrup, Coconut Aminos, Ginger Powder, Eggs, Garlic Powder, Sesame Oil, Eggs

Ingredient Notes

  • We used gluten-free Coconut Secret coconut aminos, which mimics the taste of soy sauce in this recipe. If you are not gluten-free, you can use Soy Sauce.

Orange Chicken Instructions – Step by Step

  1. Cut Chicken Breasts into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Whisk three eggs and pour into a separate bowl. Dip each chicken piece in the egg mixture until well coated.
  3. Combine Almond Flour with Cornstarch or Tapioca Flour in a Large Bowl. Dredge the egged Chicken on both sides, shaking off extra.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add one minced garlic clove and swirl in the oil for one minute. Add chicken to the pan. Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side until the chicken is light golden brown. I also place a few orange slices in the pan, which carmelize with the chicken and add to the yummy orange flavor.
  5. Pour the prepared marinade over the chicken pieces, bringing the chicken to a low simmer. Simmer on low for one to two minutes until the chicken temperature with a meat thermometer is 165 degrees and the chicken is white when cut.
  6. Serve with sliced scallions and sesame seeds over rice. We also love to serve this with steamed broccoli or green beans.

Easy Orange Marinade Recipe

I recommend doubling the marinade recipe so there is extra to serve at the table. It’s delicious, poured over rice and broccoli. My kids like dipping their broccoli in it!

  1. Add coconut aminos, ginger powder (or freshly minced ginger), garlic powder (or freshly minced garlic), maple syrup, sesame oil, and orange juice to a medium pan. Bring to a low simmer.
  2. Whisk cornstarch or tapioca flour with two tablespoons of water in a small bowl until smooth and add to marinade, stirring until combined.
  3. Stir often until the marinade is well combined and thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Add Orange Zest. Turn off the flame and pour marinade over the chicken in the pan.

Tips for Gluten-Free Orange Chicken Recipe

  • If you love Garlic and Ginger, add extra grated ginger or minced garlic to the recipe.
  • For best results, use fresh ginger and garlic, but to be honest, sometimes a busy cook needs a shortcut, and powdered ginger and garlic are still delicious.
  • You can cut breasts into one-inch pieces and skip the pounding if you prefer small chicken pieces.
  • We always double the marinade so there is extra to serve at the table.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make this recipe with Chicken Thighs?

You can make this recipe with boneless chicken thighs. Very delicious. You can cut your chicken thighs into 1-2 inch pieces.

Can you use store-bought orange juice in this recipe?

Squeezing an orange and adding the fresh orange zest is worth it for the best results.

Can I add Red Pepper Flakes to this Recipe?

Red Pepper flakes would add that extra zing to this Orange Chicken Recipe.

Does Soy Sauce have gluten in it?

Soy Sauce has gluten in it which is why we made this recipe with coconut aminos.

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Are you looking for a flavor-filled chicken recipe that you can get on the table fast and have delicious leftovers for the next day? This Easy Orange Chicken Recipe is always a big hit! It’s tender with a sweet and spicy garlic-infused Orange Sauce. Kids and adults love this Orange Chicken!

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – Cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Gluten-Free Flour, Almond Flour or Rice Flour – 2 Cups (I used Almond Flour)
  • Corn Starch or Tapioca Flour
  • Garlic Clove – 1 minced

For the Orange Marinade 

  • Fresh Whole Orange – Zest and Juice from One Orange.
  • Tapioca Starch (Cassava Flour) or Corn Starch – 1 Tablespoon for Marinade and 1 to mix with flour to dredge the chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons Water to mix with Cornstarch (this makes a slurry to add to the sauce)
  • Light Brown Sugar – 2 Tablespoons
  • Coconut Aminos or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce – 3 Tablespoons
  • Fresh Ginger – 1 Teaspoon (or 1 Teaspoon Powdered Ginger)
  • Garlic Cloves- 2 minced (or 1 Teaspoon Powdered Ginger)
  • Sesame Oil – 1 Tablespoon
  • Olive Oil or Canola Oil – 2-3 Tablespoons for sauteing chicken

Side Dish and Garnish 

  • White Rice or Jasmine Rice – prepare as on the package
  • Optional: Garnish with Green Onions or Sesame Seeds

Instructions

Orange Chicken Instructions – Step by Step

1. Cut Chicken into 1-inch cubes 

2. Whisk three eggs and pour into a separate bowl. Dip each chicken piece in the egg mixture until well coated.

3. Combine 2 cups of almond flour and 1 Tablespoon of tapioca starch or cornstarch in a large shallow bowl—dredge chicken pieces on both sides.

4. Heat 3 Tablespoons of canola or olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add one clove of minced garlic and swirl in the oil for one minute. Add chicken in batches and cook 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown on both sides. 

5. Pour Orange Marinade over the chicken pieces, coating it and bringing it to a low simmer for 2 minutes. Chicken should be at 165 degrees and white inside. 

6. Serve immediately with sliced scallions and sesame seeds over white rice. We also love this recipe with broccoli or steamed green beans. 

 

Instructions for Orange Marinade

1. Zest your Orange first, roll orange on the counter to soften, then squeeze juice from orange. It should be approximately one cup. 

2. Slice an additional orange to add to the pan with the chicken pieces, 

3. Add Coconut Aminos, Ginger Powder, Garlic Powder, Light Brown Sugar, Sesame Oil, and Fresh Orange Juice to a medium pan. Bring to a low simmer for 3-4 minutes.

(Alternately, if you use fresh garlic, mince one clove of garlic and one inch of peeled ginger root instead of powdered ginger and garlic.) 

4. Whisk one tablespoon of cornstarch or tapioca flour with two tablespoons of water in a small bowl until smooth, then add to the marinade.

5. Stir often until the marinade is well combined and thickened.  Add Orange Zest. The sauce is ready to pour over the chicken. 

Notes

 

  • Always zest your orange first. Then, roll the orange on the counter to soften it before juicing. 
  • Pat chicken dry before dipping in the egg mixture
  • Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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