I was doing my usual Facebook scan the other day and saw a post for orange chicken. I looked at the recipe and thought too bad it’s not Paleo…
Then I thought, wait a minute, I bet I can make it Paleo!
One of my goals with this site is to pass along helpful information and to be a little different. I know many of you new to Paleo miss the foods you were used to eating before. So a big part of my mission is to try and turn some of those favorite foods we all love into healthy and delicious Paleo dishes with all the good stuff, and none of the bad.
Well, the other night I took up the orange chicken challenge. I reworked the original recipe, and also used raw honey. I normally try to limit honey to just the treats on my site, but in this case it was a perfect match and cooked-up beautifully.
This orange chicken dish isn’t something you’d put on the dinner table every night of course, but I guarantee if you serve this one up to your non-Paleo friends, they’ll love it and never know it’s not from a “traditional” cookbook. Just don’t mention the word “Paleo.” After a few bites, they’ll be asking you for the recipe!
We had this orange chicken with stir-fried veggies on the side and it was crazy good. Broccoli would also make a great side dish. But the real star on the plate is the Paleo orange chicken with its intense flavors. Awesome!
Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and filled with that authentic orange chicken taste you love!
2 tbs tamari* (organic, wheat free) or substitute with soy-free coconut aminos
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
Chicken and Sauce Ingredients:
1 cup water
5-7 chicken thighs or 4 chicken breasts – skin on
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed juice from oranges
1/4 cup raw honey
2 tbs tamari* (or coconut aminos)
1/3 c. rice vinegar
1 tbs orange zest
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbs arrow root powder whisked with a little water (just enough to make a slurry)
Make your marinade with the 2 tbs tamari or coconut aminos, 1 tsp grated ginger and 1 tsp sesame oil
Season your chicken with salt and pepper
Put the marinade in a large ziplock bag, add the chicken, and coat well
Marinade chicken 30 minutes in the refrigerator (or longer if you prefer)
Next pan fry chicken pieces skin side down with 2-3 tbs of olive oil over medium- to medium-high heat until browned. About 7-10 min
Once browned, place chicken on a roasting rack or cookie sheet in the oven for about 30 min at 350. Check to make sure the chicken is cooked through thoroughly before removing from oven
Let the chicken rest while you make your orange sauce
In a frying pan over medium- to medium-high heat, combine water, orange juice, honey, rice vinegar, tamari, orange zest, ginger, red pepper flakes, and garlic
Whisk in the pan, stirring frequently
Bring sauce to a boil
Whisk in arrow root mixture.
Sauce should start to thicken. If it doesn't, add a little more arrow root
Reduce heat to simmer. The sauce should thicken even more as it cools
Pour the orange sauce over the chicken
Garnish with orange slices, sesame seeds, green onions or whatever you like
*Tamari is derived from soybeans. If you want to stay completely soy-free with this delicious recipe, in place of the tamari use 2 tablespoons of coconut aminos for the marinade and another 2 tablespoons for the sauce.
Can an Italian girl who loves her pastas and panini find happiness living the paleo lifestyle? This site is about my new adventures inside the caveman’s culinary world. I’m on a mission to create the best-tasting recipes I can that stick pretty close to the paleo rulebook. Try your favorites and leave your comments! Buon Appetito!
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