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Healthy Orange Chicken

January 27, 2013
healthy orange chicken

Announcement! I am doing my first “on air” Hangout on Google+ this Saturday (Feb 2). This is my first live hangout ever! You will be able to watch me live, as I show you how to make chocolate almond date truffles – in the shape of footballs (in honor of the Super Bowl). This “On Air” hangout is open anyone and everyone to come and watch live (or you can catch it later on YouTube if you miss it). Join me- you can RSVP to the event here. It’s at 11:00 AM PST on Saturday, Feb 2. I am super excited to be doing this, let’s hope it all goes well!

I’m doing this just because I can and I want to see if I like it. If so, I may be doing more in the future! All next week will be various Hangouts featuring cooking demonstrations on food perfect for Super Bowl parties. You can find more of them using the hashtag #superbowlplus if you are interested.

In case you are not too familier with it,  Hangouts are a really neat feature on G+, I use it to video chat with family and friends (it’s kind of like Skype) and also to watch or join in on cooking demonstrations or discussions. I personally love it – and if you like food, there’s a huge food community over there with a ton of great people.

Now for the reason you are here… Orange Chicken!

I’ve made orange chicken before (recipe here) but it was more of a meal that you would splurge on- the chicken is fried and the sauce has a lot of sugar. Don’t get me wrong, that recipe makes pretty amazing orange chicken, but THIS recipe makes pretty amazing chicken as well- but more on the lighter and healthier side.

The chicken thighs are cooked on the stove top with a little pepper and the sauce is made with real oranges. Once both are done, mix them together, add some chives and bam! Fresh orange flavor extravaganza! We really really liked this dish and I think I will be making it quite often in the future. 

Healthy Orange Chicken

Adapted from


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • Zest from 1 orange peel
  • 1/2 Inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 3 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Pepper
  • A small handfull of chopped chives

To Do:

  • In a medium size sauce pan, combine the orange juice, orange zest, grated ginger, Sriracha, brown sugar and a dash of pepper. Cook on a low flame for about 15 minutes until the sauce thickens up.
  • In another large sauce pan, heat the coconut oil and cook the chicken pieces until browned and fully cooked, about 10 -15 minutes. Sprinkle a little pepper on the chicken while it cooks.
  • Drain any juices from the pan that the chicken produced.
  • Add the orange sauce to the cooked chicken and toss to coat.
  • Finally add in the chopped chives and serve!
  • This goes very well with my paleo fried “rice” made with cauliflower.
Paleo Fried Rice and Orange Chicken

Paleo Fried Rice and Orange Chicken

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1 Comment

  • Reply Emily Proulx August 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

    This sauce is so fragrant and tasty. The Sriracha and ginger give it just the right amount of heat.

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