My Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe is by far one of the easiest meals on our menu. Chicken is a great lean healthy protein, and this homemade orange sauce adds tons of flavor without all the guilt. Instead of frying, this is a pan-seared chicken dish that still has great texture and flavor. Served with brown rice and your favorite veggies, it’s a great healthy weeknight meal everyone enjoys.
Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe
Chinese takeout is always going to be a favorite treat. I can’t deny my love for a plate of rice with all of my favorite sweet and spicy dishes. Not to mention that egg roll. The thing is – it just isn’t healthy for us and is often loaded with added fats and sugar that just aren’t necessary. To fix the problem of satisfying my own cravings, I worked hard to come up with some great equivalents that are just as tasty without the guilt.
This orange chicken recipe is truly one of the easiest options if you are looking for a homemade takeout option. Since it has that sweet and spicy kick you expect, it will satisfy your cravings while still being a good choice for everyone at the dinner table. I don’t know about you, but staying true to my health goals is a must and this helps make that easier than ever.
Is Orange Chicken Healthy for You?
Not all orange chicken is created equally. For this particular recipe, it is an excellent healthy choice that easily fits into most diet plans. However, the traditional orange chicken you would find in most restaurants would not be considered a healthy option.
If you are looking for a healthy take out meal, it is best to make one at home. For those instances when you can’t make your own meal, I highly recommend choosing the steamed versions of takeout Chinese meals and asking for all sauces to be served on the side. This will help control the amount of added oils and sugars you have in your meal.
Is Orange Chicken High in Carbs?
Yes. Traditional orange chicken recipes are battered and fried then coated in a sweet orange sauce. While this recipe is not fried like others, it still does contain orange juice, cornstarch, sweet chili sauce, and a bit of brown sugar. A serving comes in at 25 grams of carbohydrates depending upon ingredients used. While it could be made lower in carbohydrates by skipping the chili sauce and using sugar substitutes, it wouldn’t be the same.
If you need a low carb meal, I recommend our keto chicken cordon bleu casserole. In the future, I will try to prepare this in a keto and low-carb friendly manner, but for now, I caution that it does not fall in the low carbohydrate category.
More Healthy Chicken Recipes
If you want to expand your menu with more healthy alternatives to your favorite meals, make sure you bookmark, print, or pin to Pinterest the recipes below. These are some of our family favorites!
- Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken Meatballs
- Easy One Pot Thai Chicken and Rice
- Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken
- Healthy Chicken Fried Rice Recipe
- Boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
Orange Chicken Sauce Ingredients
- Fresh orange juice
- Orange zest
- Low-sodium soy sauce
- Seasoned rice wine vinegar
- Sweet chili sauce
- Brown sugar
Optional: Brown rice for serving
How to Make Healthy Orange Chicken Recipe
Start by mixing together the sauce ingredients and setting them aside.
Now, you will add the chicken, cornstarch, salt, and black pepper to a large bag or bowl and shake to coat well on all sides.
Heat the oil in a large skillet and cook the chicken for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Just long enough to cook the outside of the chicken and start to get some color.
Turn down the heat, pour the sauce mixture in and stir to combine.
Cook for an additional 6-8 minutes stirring occasionally or until the chicken is cooked through.
Serve over rice or noodles.
MyWW Plan Points
NOTE: The points listed below reflect ONLY 1/5th of the chicken and sauce mixture. Of course, additional points should be calculated should you serve this over rice or noodles.
Blue: 3 SP
Green: 6 SP
Purple: 3 SP
Skillet Orange Chicken
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup fresh orange juice or 100% orange juice
- zest of 1 orange about 2 teaspoons
- 2 tablespoons less-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 8.5-ounce pouch 90-second ready rice brown rice
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Add the chicken, cornstarch, salt and black pepper to a gallon-sized resealable bag and shake to evenly coat.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil and chicken, cooking for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, just to partially cook the outside of the chicken.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low and add the sauce to the skillet with the chicken and continue cooking for 6-8 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. Stir frequently to coat the chicken.