Better Than Take Out Healthy Orange Chicken (paleo)

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Better Than Take Out Healthy Orange Chicken made with all paleo, gluten-free and whole30-friendly ingredients. Such an easy weeknight dish to make for the family.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins

Yield: Serves 4



Orange sauce:

  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (or omit if whole30 – or use a date paste or syrup)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice (I squeeze from a fresh orange with my lemon squeezer)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
  • Zest of 1 orange


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot flour
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Avocado oil for greasing the pan


  1. In a medium saucepan, add the water, honey, orange juice, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic and sea salt and pepper and warm over medium heat for a few minutes, stirring to combine
  2. Add in the tapioca flour and orange zest and bring to a low boil and stir then turn off heat and start making the chicken
  3. In a medium shallow bowl, whisk together 2 eggs
  4. In another shallow bowl, mix together the flour and sea salt and black pepper
  5. Warm a large skillet with oil and dip the chicken into the egg mixture, allowing excess egg to drip off then dip into flour mixture and add to pan, repeat for as much chicken as you can fit in the pan at once and cook each piece for 3-4 minutes on each side on medium heat (add more oil as needed)
  6. Repeat for remainder of the chicken then add to a paper towel lined plate so it absorbs any grease
  7. Toss the chicken and sauce together in a large bowl or whip/clean the pan/skillet and toss in there to coat
  8. Serve while warm with desired sides. We usually serve with cauliflower rice or basmati rice and any roasted veggies. Add scallions to garnish if desired.


*Store leftovers in fridge for 5 days

  • Author: Rachel